A day after suffering an apparent left knee injury, Brooks Laich is not on the ice for Capitals’ practice. As Washington waits for an update on his status, though, the rest of the team is on the ice at KCI preparing for an important Tuesday showdown with the Panthers.
Laich, who is expected to meet with team doctors Monday, was hit into the end boards by Bruins’ defenseman Dennis Seidenberg Sunday with about eight minutes remaining in the second period of a 4-1 loss to Boston. The versatile forward did not return to the contest. After the game, Laich was on crutches and wearing an immobilizer brace on his knee.
In other injury news, rookie defenseman Dmitry Orlov is on the ice participating fully in Washington’s practice despite being hit in the face by a puck each of the past two days.
Orlov broke his nose on Saturday in Montreal when he was struck by the puck and absorbed another puck against the Bruins but appears no worse for wear. The Russian blueliner is sporting a larger visor, though, that covers more of his face.
A few other quick notes:
--Mike Green (sports hernia) did not skate today. The defenseman, who underwent abdominal surgery on Jan. 17, skated four consecutive days last week.
--With the exception of Laich, everyone on the active roster for Sunday’s game is taking part in practice.
--Here are the lines from practice: