Capitals won’t get Laich, Erat back tonight


The Washington Capitals will have to make do without some reinforcements tonight.

Forwards Martin Erat and Brooks Laich are both unavailable for Game 7 against the New York Rangers, according to

Laich, 29, is dealing with a groin injury and hasn’t played in the Capitals’ first-round series. He only participated in nine contests during the regular season, but he’s typically a solid source of secondary scoring for Washington when he’s healthy.

Erat, 31, was hurt in a collision involving Alex Ovechkin and the Rangers’ Derek Stepan in Game 4 and he hasn’t played since.

You can see that incident below:

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Erat had five goals and 24 points in 45 games between the Capitals and Nashville Predators during the regular season.