The Washington Times - April 7, 2013, 04:37PM

Martin Erat and Brooks Laich are out for the Washington Capitals’ game Sunday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Each player is dealing with a lower-body injury.

“Marty felt way better than he anticipated, so I don’t think it’s going to be too long,” coach Adam Oates said. “Brooksie, he’s still hurting. … Just to try to get an evaluation of where he is, but I think he’s going to be out for a few days.”


Laich will see renowned St. Louis-based groin specialist Dr. Michael Brunt in Washington, a team spokesman confirmed.

The 29-year-old forward missed the first 28 games of the season with a groin injury. Oates said this was not the same thing but was affecting Laich’s groin.

“They can’t quite get a handle on what it is,” the coach said. “He just doesn’t feel good. it’s a little sore everywhere, but not necessarily where he was in the groin, and that’s why he’s seeing the specialist he’s going to see on Tuesday.”

Laich would then figure to miss at least Tuesday’s game at the Montreal Canadiens. It’s uncertain how much more time he will be out.

Erat was injured in the first period Saturday night when Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson boarded him. Gudbranson crushed Erat’s head into the boards, and the recently acquired winger couldn’t put weight on his left skate as he was helped off.

Oates said Erat did not suffer a concussion.

Goaltender Michal Neuvirth starts in net, his first appearance since March 16.