Mike Green was on the ice for the entirety of the Capitals’ practice Wednesday, which stretched over an hour, marking his first time through a full session with his teammates since undergoing sports hernia surgery.
While it’s still unclear when exactly Green might be able to return to the lineup, his participation in the normal practice taking part in all drills including power play work is a good and welcome sign.
Coach Dale Hunter said that the team had not yet decided whether the defenseman will travel with the team Thursday when it flies to Fort Lauderdale for the beginning of a critical four-game road trip.
“We’ll see tomorrow morning how he feels,” Hunter said. “I thought he looked pretty good. He’s skating well. We worked him on the power play and he moved well up top, he looks good but we have to wait and see tomorrow. When he says he feels that he can [play], he gets conditioning back and strength in his lower body. [When] he says he’s ready to go and [head athletic trainer Greg Smith] does too we’ll be ready.”
Given that the beginning of this road trip is a set of back-to-back games against the Panthers and Lightning and Green hasn’t played since Jan. 7, it doesn’t seem likely that he would play in both of those games.
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