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Capitals won’t get Laich, Erat back tonight

Martin Erat, Braden Holtby

Braden Holtby #70 attends to Martin Erat #10 of the Washington Capitals after he was penalized and slid into the net during the game against the New York Rangers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 8, 2013 in New York City. (May 7, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

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:

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