With Brooks Laich scheduled to be evaluated by team doctors Monday, the Capitals are waiting to find out the full extent of the damage done to the forward’s left knee.

Coach Dale Hunter, who said Laich was walking around the team’s training facility, continued to reiterate that the versatile forward is formally listed as day-to-day.

During his daily meeting with reporters following the conclusion of practice, Hunter said Laich had not yet seen the doctor. The coach remained optimistic about Laich’s status, though.

“He wants to play; he’s day-to-day,” Hunter said. “It’s not major so it’s just day-to-day and we’ll see how it goes. He’s day to day and it’s not major, so that’s good news.”

While it’s tough to imagine Laich will be ready to face the Panthers on Tuesday, Hunter would not go so far as to rule the gritty forward out of the lineup for the important Southeast Division contest.

Laich has a reputation as one of the most durable players in Washington’s dressing room and willing to play through any small injury, a fact that doesn’t go unnoticed by his teammates.

Moving forward without Laich is not something Washington is used to, either. Dating from Feb. 21, 2007, Laich has played in 397 of the Capitals’ last 401 games. His four-game absence came in 2010 after he was hit in the face by a puck during practice.


>> Mike Green (sports hernia) didn’t skate for a third straight day. He was on the ice for four consecutive days last week, including two in full pads, and said at the time that his recovery was “on the right path”.

“He’s on track,” Hunter said when asked if Green suffered a setback. “He’s just working out in the gym.”

Green watched a portion of his teammates’ practice from the bench and was walking with a limp when he headed away from the rink back toward the dressing room.

>> Dmitry Orlov said his nose is a little sore but generally laughed off his bad luck of being hit in the nose by a puck two days in a row. The rookie defenseman expects to be able to play against the Panthers Tuesday but said he’ll be sporting a full cage for the contest.

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