With a 3-0-2 record and victories in their last two games, the Capitals head to Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver this week as the only team in the Eastern Conference without a regulation loss.
Wilson, who was initially scheduled to make his return during the Capitals’ three-game Western Canada road trip this week, was instead re-assigned to the team’s AHL affiliate on Monday afternoon.
Laich appeared to injure his left shoulder in the third period of the Capitals’ 2-1 shootout victory on Saturday. Washington will play its next three games against Western Canadian opponents.
The NHL’s collective bargaining agreement allows it to suspend players during a criminal investigation “where the failure to suspend the player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the league.”
Jason Chimera scored his first goal of the young season for the Capitals (3-0-2), who improved to 10-0-1 in their last 11 meetings against their former division rival.