Laich to visit specialist

Laich to visit specialist
April 7, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Sidelined this weekend by a lower body injury, Capitals left wing Brooks Laich will see a Detroit specialist in D.C. on Tuesday to discuss how to move forward with an injury suffered Thursday night against the Islanders.

Capitals coach Adam Oates said the appointment with the specialist is to “get an evaluation on where he is” and said he would be out “a few days.”

“We can’t quite get a handle on what it is,” Oates said. “He just doesn’t feel good. He’s a little sore everywhere, but not necessarily where he was in the groin. That’s why he’s seeing a specialist that he’s been seeing.”

Caps left wing Martin Erat also will sit out Sunday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning [7 p.m., CSN+] with a lower body injury suffered Saturday night in the Caps’ 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers.

“Marty felt way better than he anticipated, so I don't think it's going to be too long," Oates said.

With Laich and Erat unavailable, Oates is expected to use Eric Fehr on a second line with center Mike Ribeiro and right wing Troy Brouwer.

Jason Chimera will remain on a third line with Mathieu Perreualt.

“I thought Chimmer played one of his best games of the year [Saturday], Oates said.