Capitals fourth-line left wing Brooks Laich sat out Monday’s practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex after blocking a shot late in the second period of the Capitals’ 3-2 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“Right now I would say 80-20 that he plays,” Caps coach Barry Trotz said when asked if Laich will be available to play Tuesday night when the Caps visit the Red Wings in Detroit (7:30, CSN-plus).
Teaching moment: Trotz said he’s confident right wing Tom Wilson learned from the benching he was given following his double-minor for roughing against Nazem Kadri midway through the third period of Sarturday night’s win. The penalty led to a power-play goal by James van Riemsdyk.
“You can’t let emotions get too far out of hand or they end up hurting the group,” Trotz said. “You just gotta reel it in. I get it. A guy rakes your face with his stick or his glove and you start losing your mind. But you have to know you’re surroundings and yes, he should learn from that.”
Lineup change: Look for fourth-line center Chandler Stephenson, who sat out Saturday night’s game in favor of Michael Latta, to return to the lineup in Detroit, with Latta going back in Thursday night in Philadelphia against the more physical Flyers.
“We can switch them off,” Trotz said, “depending on the opponent. I talked to Latts about playing the wing, too. I think he can be pretty effective there as well.”
Chris Brown update: Trotz said forward Chris Brown, who suffered a hand injury in a preseason fight, is expected to be examined by his surgeon on Thursday and could be assigned to Hershey if he is cleared. Brown would need to clear waivers before he is sent to Hershey.
Meanwhile, right wing Stan Galiev, who on Friday was assigned to the Bears on a two-week conditioning assignment, is expected to be recalled by the Caps at the end of that assignment on Nov. 20.
Galiev would need to clear waivers to return to the Caps and there is a good chance another NHL team would claim him on the way up, especially if he continues to score at the AHL level. In two games with the Bears this season Galiev has three goals and is a plus-3.
Trotz said he believes a team can only place a player on a conditioning assignment once in a season.