Washington Capitals winger Martin Erat suffered what head coach Adam Oates categorized as an upper body injury in the first period of Game 4 against the New York Rangers this past Wednesday night. He was skating alongside Rangers Derek Stepan when Capitals captain, Alex Ovechkin, launched himself into both of the players. Erat ultimately landed on left wrist and arm and was holding it as he skated off into the locker room. He did not return to the game and did not play in Game 5 on Friday. Oates said that it’s possible for Erat to play in Game 6, but it seems highly unlikely.
Brooks Laich underwent
successful hernia surgery a minor groin procedure last month after re-injuring his groin. He’s on the road to recovery as this past Wednesday, after about a month of recovery, he skated with the rest of the team for the first time since his surgery. If the Capitals move on to the next round over the Rangers, Washington is optimistic that Laich could possibly return for the next round.
Although Laich still needs to go through a more strenuous practice before getting cleared to play, it is possible that he could return soon as the Capitals could eliminate the Rangers this afternoon in Game 6 as they lead the series three games to two.