Caps await word on Laich

Caps await word on Laich
February 6, 2012, 12:24 pm
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The Capitals will hit the ice today at Kettler for an 11:30 a.m. practice, but dont expect to see center Brooks Laich.

The Caps heart-and-soul center suffered what appears to be a sprained left knee in Sundays 4-1 home loss to the Bruins. His return will be based on the severity of the sprain, which should be determined today.

Most knee sprains require a minimum of two weeks to heal but the Caps will know more later today. With Laich sidelined the Caps likely will recall Cody Eakin from the Hershey Bears.

The Capitals recorded 36 shots against the Bruins on Sunday, their highest shot output since Dec. 7 when they recorded 44 shots in a 5-3 win over Ottawa. But Sundays shot count is a little misleading since the Caps opened it up with 15 shots in the third period after falling behind 2-0.

The Caps blocked 28 shots and forced the Bruins to miss the net 15 times. But that only means the Bruins had more attempts at the net (73) than the Caps (55).

Home road bump: The loss dropped the Capitals to 10-3-0 in their last 13 home games. They are now 14-6-2-0 in their annual Super Sunday contests, including 14-5-1-0 at home.

Lacking MoJo: Marcus Johansson scored his first goal since Jan. 18 in Montreal. Although hes surpassed his point totals from last season, Johanssons play has tailed off in the absence of Nicklas Backstrom with four goals and three assists in the 14 games since Backstrom suffered a concussion.
Carlson struggling: Defenseman John Carlson has continued his struggles in his own end. Carlson coughed up a puck behind the goal to give Brad Marchand a free path to the net to score. Carlson finished a minus-1 and is now a minus-5 in his last seven games.