The Washington Times - February 6, 2012, 11:31AM

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