Capitals, Capitals defenseman are back together on ice after 4-game absence

Capitals defenseman Brooks Laich has played in two games since sustaining an upper-body injury that has forced him out of Wednesday night’s game against the New York Rangers.

He did not skate with the team in Thursday’s practice, and his status for Thursday night’s rematch against the Rangers remains uncertain.

The Capitals had hoped Laich would play Friday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the player returned to the lineup after he returned from a minor groin injury on Thursday.

Coach Barry Trotz has said Laich is progressing well.

The 27-year-old Laich had played in seven games this season with Washington, recording one assist.