Brooks Laich will see a groin specialist Tuesday as the Washington Capitals hope to pinpoint exactly what’s wrong with the injured forward.
Laich, who missed the first 28 games of the season with a groin injury, missed two contests over the weekend after leaving Thursday’s win over the New York Islanders with what the team called a lower-body injury. He is set to see St. Louis-based Dr. L. Michael Brunt, a renowned specialist who did sports hernia surgeries on defenseman Mike Green and right wing Joel Ward.
That does not appear to be good news for Laich.
“They can’t quite get a handle on what it is,” coach Adam Oates 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.” Laich took a hit Thursday and left the game. Asked if he avoided any serious damage, the 29-year-old forward responded: “I don’t have a lot to say.”
Oates said Laich did not quite aggravate the same groin injury he suffered while playing in Switzerland during the NHL lockout but acknowledged this problem is affecting the groin.
“Brooksie, you know what, he’s still hurting,” Oates said. “[We’re trying] to get an evaluation of where he is, but I think he’s going to be out for a few days.”