The young defenseman's recovery from wrist surgery has been shrouded in mystery and marked by plateaus, but the Capitals' general manager said a final decision should come within the next several weeks.
Coach Barry Trotz did not rule out the idea of Orlov undergoing a second procedure to fix what has kept Orlov sidelined for so long.
With back-to-back games this weekend, an off day Monday and another game Tuesday, it's unlikely Laich will return before next week's trip to Chicago.
The defenseman has broken his left arm, according to multiple reports from Belarus.
A look at the Capitals' blueliners.
Regularly on team's second defensive pairing, he avoids free agency in off-season.
A look at Pittsburgh's first goal, which encapsulated all of the Capitals' first period problems.
The defenseman will be eligible to return Saturday against Phoenix.
The hit and five-minute major penalty cost the Caps Sunday's game. But was it suspension worthy?
Here's an explainer on which Capitals can and can't play in the AHL during the NHL's two-week Olympic break.