News: Coach Barry Trotz suggested Friday that Orlov (wrist) may not be able to return until the end of November, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Since undergoing wrist surgery in May, Orlov has failed to progress as quickly as the Capitals anticipated. Orlov was initially projected to be ready for Opening Night, but ultimately decided to stash him on long-term injured reserve after he failed to show much improvement. It sounds like the blueliner is still struggling to regain strength in the wrist one month later, and he's yet to take part in any practices with the team.
News: Volpatti (neck) is expected to be assigned to AHL Hershey on a conditioning assignment, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Volpatti is ready to take part in game action after resuming practicing with full contact earlier this week. He's eligible to be activated from long-term injured reserve as soon as Sunday, so the Capitals could just send him to Hershey for the weekend before clearing a roster spot for his return to the NHL club.
News: Laich (upper body) didn't practice Friday and appears unlikely to suit up Saturday versus the Lightning, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Coach Barry Trotz previously said that if Laich wasn't able to practice Friday, he wouldn't be an option for Saturday's game, so it looks like the Caps will prepare to get by without him. With the team completing its weekend back-to-back set on Sunday before playing again Tuesday, the Capitals won't hold their next full practice until Wednesday. Expect Laich to miss the next three games as a result.