Laich suffered a lower-body injury Thursday against the New York Islanders. Oates said he the 29-year-old forward was seeing a specialist in Detroit on Tuesday to pinpoint what was wrong. Oates said it was not the same trouble with the groin but something that was affecting Laich in that area.
Well it sounds like a sports hernia, which isn't a groin. It can affect the groin but is not the groin. You said it was a groin and he was having groin surgery, which if it is indeed a sports hernia is not true. I'm just saying...
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Oates says after the morning skate that surgery is not a consideration for Laich right now.
My guess is that since they know that even if they wait until after the playoffs for him to have surgery he should be recovered in time for next season they are giving other means a chance so that maybe he could help in the playoffs.