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Martin Erat returns to Caps lineup tonight

Apr 13, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

Martin Erat AP

The Capitals are going to be without Brooks Laich for an unknown amount of time, but that loss will be softened by the return of Martin Erat tonight against Tampa Bay.

Coach Adam Oates confirmed Erat’s return to action to reporters this morning and as’s Chuck Gormley hears it from Caps defenseman Mike Green, his return comes at the right time.

“It’s huge,” Caps defenseman Mike Green said. “It’s a great move. It’s exactly what we need. He’s going to be one of those guys who contributes down the road big-time in the playoffs.”

Erat missed three games after being hit from behind in just his second game with the Caps. Washington has a two-point lead on Winnipeg in the Southeast Division race but have a game in hand on the Jets.

If the Caps had to go without Laich and Erat, their setup on the left wing would be, to say the least, dire. It also would’ve been a throwback to the start of the season when things didn’t go quite so well for the team.

  1. ludacrish05 - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Great news

  2. ravenscaps48 - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    I tell you. This is starting to look like a smart move with Brooks being out for the rest of the season

  3. ludacrish05 - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Erat will benefit this team, hope we can see the production tonight

  4. wethog66 - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    All I am looking for is Erat to make it threw tonight’s game without a set back. Any offensive points he generates is icing on the cake.

  5. operwapitsai - Apr 13, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    I have to say I was getting worried there. With Erat gone for what seemed to be a while at the time I was started to think we may have let Forsberg go for nothing

    • trick9 - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      You talk like Erat is 40, when he actually is 31. He will have atleast 5-7 good years left in him.

      Not to mention we got good prospect in Latta back aswell. Top-2 in goals and points for Milwaukee and top-10 in fights in AHL with 18.

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