Brooks Laich C WAS 18 Days

Laich doubled his season point total with a goal and assist in Saturday's win over the Devils.

He's only played 11 games this season, so now he has four points (two goals, two assists). And sure, the goal came into an empty net, but it still counts just the same. The days of 50-plus point seasons are behind him, but he might be able to bring short-term value to your squad. Check his stat line and see if he's worthy of a waiver grab.

Brooks Laich C WAS 23 Days

Laich felt no soreness after returning to the lineup and playing in games on back-to-back days over the weekend, The Washington Post reports.

His role was limited to fourth line duty, but that he was able to average approximately 12 minutes per game without feeling any lingering effects from his injury bodes well for his chances of trending back toward his typical role in the coming days.

Brooks Laich C WAS 27 Days

Laich (shoulder) was activated from injured reserve Friday,'s Adam Vingan reports.

Laich has been battling the shoulder injury since mid-October, returning for one game in November before suffering a setback. It appears he's now finally past the injury, but the forward's checkered health history always make him liable to miss time again. He'll presumably be good to go for Friday's game against the Islanders, though it's not immediately clear where he'll fit in.

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Laich (shoulder) practiced Tuesday but will not return from injured reserve Wednesday versus the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

While the groin issues that have dogged Laich in previous seasons now seem to be a thing of the past, the forward has been limited to just six games in 2014-15 thanks to the shoulder ailment. He does appear to be closing in on a return from the setback, however, so with another day or two of practice, he could be a lineup option for the Capitals over the weekend.

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Laich (shoulder) could possibly rejoin the lineup Wednesday against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Laich's return from injured reserve has hit numerous bumps in the road, but after the forward was able to work out with the team during the past two morning skates, coach Barry Trotz seems to have expressed more optimism about his possible return. The health-challenged Laich has played in just 66 of a possible 150 games (44 percent) over the last two and a quarter seasons.

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Laich (shoulder) will not return to the lineup Tuesday against the Coyotes, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Laich was able to participate in the Capitals' morning skate session, giving the forward an "outside chance" at playing Thursday against the Avalanche, according to coach Barry Trotz. The 31-year-old has appeared in just six of the Capitals' 18 games this season.

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Laich (shoulder) practiced with the team Monday, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

The center has been struggling to stay in the lineup all season, and has only played one game since Oct. 18. Laich has an assist through six games, and fantasy owners would be wise to stay away from him until he proves he can stay healthy.

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Laich (shoulder) was placed on the IR on Friday, although it was retroactive to Nov. 7 so he'll be eligible for reactivation Saturday, Mike Vogel of reports.

Laich wasn't expected to make a return until Tuesday against the Coyotes at the earliest, so there's no update in terms of his actual health. That being said, there's an outside chance that he'll be available Saturday against Blues since he'll likely be activated from IR.

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Coach Barry Trotz acknowledged Thursday that Laich (shoulder) won't be a lineup consideration until next Tuesday against the Coyotes, at the earliest, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

That effectively rules the perennially-injured Laich for the next two games, the third and fourth consecutive contests that he'll have missed due to the shoulder ailment. The forward has been able to skate on his own but hasn't rejoined the Capitals for practice just yet. If he's able to do that Monday, Laich would greatly improve his chances of returning to the lineup Tuesday night.

Brooks Laich C WAS 1 Month

Coach Barry Trotz admitted after Wednesday's practice that Laich's (shoulder) potential return date is "probably a little unclear," Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Laich has been bothered by his shoulder since Oct. 18, returning from a long absence to play a game last week against Chicago, only for the issue to crop up again. Though the forward was able to skate Wednesday for the second straight day, he's still feeling limited mobility and strength in the collarbone area, which has prevented him from fully practicing. Laich, who had been dogged by groin injuries in previous years, now looks like he might have a recurring upper-body injury to contend with for the rest of the season.