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Laing: 'A couple of days of feeling miserable'

Quintin Laing will return to the Caps' lineup tonight against Columbus after three games with the H1N1 virus, the fourth line winger confirmed moments ago.

"I don't know if there will be a close hug or not," Laing joked when asked how he expected his teammates to congratulate him if he scores. "Maybe a fist bump on the side."

Laing told me he's "100 percent" recovered from the flu and that it didn't really hit him all that hard. His temperature, in fact, barely went over 100, he said.

"A couple of days of feeling miserable, that's all," said Laing, who is the fourth known NHLer to come down with swine flu. "My wife and two kids got the regular flu and they were 10 times worse than me."

Laing said he couldn't believe it when he found out what was ailing him. First a torn spleen, now this, he thought.

"The swing flu? What? You have to be kidding me," he said with a laugh. "I guess I only get the rare injuries. Then he told me five days away from the rink. That was the hardest part, not seeing the guys and stuff."

Tonight's lineup is in flux right now because of a few players who are questionable, but it's expected that Laing will return to his usual spot on the left side of the fourth line.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 1, 2009; 2:45 PM ET
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Gonna need a strong offensive effort tonight against one of the league's best goalies. GO CAPS!

Posted by: Raber | November 1, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

hope Q gets a hat trick, i want to see if the rest of the team treats him like a leper

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 1, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

... because of a few players who are questionable ...

Who is questionable? Backstrom? Green? Semin?

Time for the other CAPS to earn some points ... and Theo will outplay Mason ... ;)


Posted by: FCKoeln1 | November 1, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Swing flu? Sounds like fun! Let's swing those Blue Jackets tonight, boys!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | November 1, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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