Mike Green back with Capitals in Denver, still no timetable for return

As expected, Mike Green reunited with the Capitals in Denver after meeting with a specialist earlier this week about the strained right groin muscle that has kept him out of the lineup for over a month.

The defenseman did not skate at the Pepsi Center Saturday morning. There remains no timeline for Green to return to game action. Green, who was not made available to reporters, is expected to miss a 17th consecutive game tonight and has not played since suffering the groin injury in the first period of Washington’s game against New Jersey on Nov. 11.

A few other items of note from the Capitals’ morning skate here in the Mile High City:

— Michal Neuvirth took a hard shot from John Carlson to his midsection during the session, but the goaltender skated it off. Neuvirth said he will be fine and it shouldn’t threaten his ability to play against the Avalanche.

— Semyon Varlamov will not face his former team because of what Avalanche Coach Joe Sacco termed a minor back injury. More on Varlamov a little later today.

Matt Hendricks will indeed be back in the lineup tonight after missing four games with an injured right knee and will face the team that gave him his start in the NHL.

— Hendricks’ return means Cody Eakin will be a healthy scratch in Colorado. Eakin, along with Jeff Schultz and Jay Beagle (concussion), took part in extra work this morning.

— Lines remain the same:
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin
Brouwer-Johansson-Halpern
Chimera-Laich-Ward
Hendricks-Perreault-Knuble

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