Brooks Laich’s lingering groin injury will sideline him for at least another week. Capitals Coach Adam Oates announced after Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs that Laich will not travel with the team on its three-game trip to California but will instead head to St. Louis to meet with groin specialist Michael Brunt for the second time in a week.
Oates said Laich might undergo a “small procedure” similar to the one he had last spring, part of a disastrous 2012-13 season in which the troublesome injury limited him to nine games.
“We talked, and we shut Brooksy down,” Oates said of his decision not to play Laich on Sunday. “He wasn’t feeling good. He’s going to go to St. Louis and see the same doctor.”
Oates said Laich flying from St. Louis to join the team in California at some point wasn’t a possibility, and that he “might have a little procedure” done. He said the team will know tomorrow whether or not Laich will have the procedure, and that he doesn’t know the specific timetable for the 30-year-old forward’s return if he does.
“I think we’d have to make the playoffs, but it’s not for the rest of the year,” Oates said.
Laich has 15 points in 51 games this season.