Brooks Laich talked Sunday afternoon about being fine, while holding crutches with an immobilizer on his left knee. But he wouldn’t commit to skating Monday.
“We’ll see tomorrow. I’m not a doctor, but these things sometimes there’s some swelling and you’ve got to wait to see what happens,” he said. “I don’t think it’s anything serious. In the past I’ve been a fast healer, so we’ll see when I wake up.”
The Washington Capitals hope Laich is a fast healer, but, as expected, he did not skate Monday. Laich suffered an apparent left knee injury with eight minutes left in the second period Sunday in the 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, and he’s officially listed as day-to-day.
Without Laich, the Caps’ lines look devoid of defensive responsibility and offensive firepower.
Dmitry Orlov was on the ice for practice despite taking a puck to the face in two straight games and suffering a broken nose Saturday.
Alex Ovechkin - Marcus Johansson - Troy Brouwer
Jason Chimera - Mathieu Perreault - Alexander Semin
Matt Hendricks - Jeff Halpern - Joel Ward
Mike Knuble - Keith Aucoin - Jay Beagle