Laich has missed time due to a hip flexor issue that limited his preseason activity to a single exhibition game. The player sat out Washington's final preseason contest this past Saturday against Chicago as a precautionary measure.
Laich stated on Saturday that he likely would have played had it been a regular season contest and that the extra time off would allow him to prepare for opening night, via the Washington Post:
"It's a lot better today, I'm really really close," Laich said. "This way, I've got three more days to prepare for Tuesday. I'll get some rest tomorrow, get a good hard practice in Monday, and be ready to go Tuesday."
Injuries have plagued Laich over the last year, as he missed all but nine games in 2013 due to a groin issue. This season started off in a similar fashion as he sustained his hip flexor injury in the opening minutes of training camp.
Head coach Adam Oates previously stated that Laich would play on a line with Mikhail Grabovski and Troy Brouwer.
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