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Brooks Laich is indestructible, game-time decision to play tonight

Feb 7, 2012, 11:35 AM EST

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Brooks Laich is clearly made of sterner stuff than the rest of us.

After getting his knee banged up bad enough to leave Sunday’s game against Boston and being told that he’s got a sprained knee, Laich was out on the ice at the Caps’ morning skate today as they prepare for tonight’s game against Florida.

Will we see Laich out on the ice tonight? Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.com get’s the word from the man himself after practice.

“I hope so,” Laich told a crowd of reporters. “I felt good on the ice. Turning, pivoting, everything felt pretty good. “Usually, the decision isn’t up to the player. It’s the coaching staff, you have to try to convince them sometimes. Hopefully. We’ll see tonight.”

It might be time to see if Laich is made of Adamantium like Wolverine.

The fact of the matter is though that the Caps need Laich to be out there. Losing a top center and a penalty killer would be a horrible blow to an already hobbled Caps forward unit.

Without Nicklas Backstrom they’re very thin up the middle and taking Laich out of that mix makes it that much worse. Caps coach Dale Hunter will need to be absolutely sure he can go as the Caps don’t want to risk him getting hurt worse and being out long term.

  1. capsfan36 - Feb 7, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    You don’t earn the nickname IRONMAN by sitting out….this guy is a hero!

    • ravenscaps48 - Feb 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      Should be the Captain… He is about all of the Capitals Heart and Soul, the majority of the other guys are just there

      • govtminion - Feb 7, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        Couldn’t agree more. Say what you will about Ovechkin- and haven’t we all, by now?- but he’s just not proving to be leadership material. Laich, however, is everything you could ask for in a leader. One of the biggest games of the season, and he’s insisting on playing despite an injury like this. 29 teams would love to have a guy like this.

  2. ven9898 - Feb 7, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Not a Caps fan, but I totally agree. Laich is everything you want in a captain.

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