The Washington Times - April 10, 2013, 01:45PM

Brooks Laich will see another doctor following his visit with groin specialist Dr. Michael Brunt, Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates said.

Laich has missed the past three games after suffering a lower-body injury that is affecting his groin. The 29-year-old missed the first 28 games of the season with a groin injury. The Caps went 6-2-1 in the nine games Laich played.

SEE RELATED:


Laich saw Brunt in Washington on Tuesday. He’s the same doctor who performed sports hernia surgery on defenseman Mike Green and right wing Joel Ward.

Asked if surgery was being considered, Oates said he should not comment because he had not met with the training staff, Laich and general manager George McPhee to discuss the situation since Tuesday.

“I want to make sure I give you guys a correct answer,” Oates said.

There’s no official timetable yet on Laich or left wing Martin Erat (left leg), but it doesn’t sound good for at least the short-term future. Erat skated the past two days.

“I still think he looks a little ways away, but it’s an injury that maybe heals quick so hopefully not too long,” Oates said.

Erat reported feeling better every day. He’s likely not going to be ready for Thursday night’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes, though, saying “I don’t see it.”

In just his second game with the Caps since being traded from the Nashville Predators, Erat was injured on a hit from Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson on Saturday night.

“I thought it’s gonna be much worse,” Erat said. “First couple days it was pretty sore, but right now it feels pretty good.”

Ward, who blocked a shot from Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Sami Salo on Sunday night, has not skated since.

“He’s hurting pretty good, Oates said. “We’re not quite sure how long it’s going to be.”

Defenseman Tom Poti (back) said he’s feeling better and hopes to play soon.