Laich targets Tuesday return to ice

Laich targets Tuesday return to ice
March 11, 2013, 9:30 pm
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The Caps are expected to see a sorely missed face when they arrive at Kettler on Tuesday for their morning skate in preparation for Tuesday night's game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Center Brooks Laich (@brookslaich) tweeted Monday night that he’ll be “back on the ice”  Tuesday.

Laich, who finished sixth on the Caps in scoring last season with 41 points, has been sidelined all season with what coach Adam Oates has described as a groin injury.

Laich skated for three consecutive weeks through the middle of February, but when his injury did not progress to the point where he could return, he opted for alternative treatment.

It is unclear how much progress Laich has made in the past three weeks or how long it might be before he is cleared to play. He last played played in Switzerland during the NHL lockout but has not played an NHL game since Game 7 of the last year’s second-round playoff loss to the Rangers.

The Capitals [10-13-1] begin the second half of their season Tuesday night when Alexander Semin makes his second visit to Verizon Center since signing with the Hurricanes last the summer.