Brooks Laich is eligible to come off of the IR for the Washington Capitals tomorrow. He’s been battling a recurring groin injury and has not played since November 27. The 30-year-old forward has struggled to remain healthy over the last two seasons. Laich was limited to just nine games last year, and has skated in 25 of a possible 36 contests during the 2013-14 season.
He spoke to Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post about whether or not he was ready to go against the Anaheim Ducks:
I feel like I am. I really do. I’ve skated three days in a row with no problem. … I’m just awaiting word.
Head coach Adam Oates wasn’t willing to commit to Laich getting back into action and simply said “we’ll get an evaluation tomorrow, and see how real is real.”
The Capitals are currently in second place in the Metropolitan Division and haven’t had issues scoring goals without Laich in the lineup. When he has been healthy, the usually steady forward has had consistency issues. He only has four goals and two assists this season and is on pace for his lowest point total since breaking into the NHL as a regular player back in 2005.