The Washington Times - February 6, 2012, 01:17PM

What we know: Brooks Laich was not on the ice Monday when the Washington Capitals went through a full practice to prepare for the Florida Panthers. What we don’t know, at least yet, is how extensive his left knee injury is.

Coach Dale Hunter seemed to paint the picture that Laich will be all right, but he also mentioned that the 28-year-old center was being evaluated by doctors Monday. Officially, he’s listed as day-to-day.


“He was walking on it and stuff, so he was fine,” Hunter said. “He wants to play. He’s day-to-day and it’s not major, so it’s just day to day and we’ll see how he goes.”

Hunter did not rule Laich out for Tuesday night, but it would be very hard to figure his being able to turn around and play right away. Laich has missed just four games during his entire NHL career.

If it’s just an MCL sprain, Laich could be out for just a few games and maybe two weeks. An ACL problem would spell significant problems for the Caps.