Defenseman Mike Green is due back for tonight's game against Atlanta after serving a three-game suspension for an elbow to the head of Florida Panthers forward Michael Frolik during the first period of last Friday's 4-1 victory.
Green took part in this morning's skate at KCI and said he felt refreshed from the league-mandated break. The NHL's leading scorer among defensemen missed Washington's victories over Tampa Bay, Boston and the New York Rangers. Last night's 6-5 win against New York extended the team's franchise-record win streak to 12 games.
"It was tough to sleep last night," Green said. "It's been awhile since I've played a game, it seems like. It's only been a week, but to miss three games, it's tough. I just want to get back out there. The guys have been playing well, and it's always fun when you're winning."
Green has 52 points in 52 games this season, although the Capitals haven't exactly been scoring deficient during his absence. They averaged 4.3 goals per game without Green, and last night's outburst was Washington's highest in six games. The last time the Capitals scored at least six times was in their 7-2 triumph over the New York Islanders on Jan. 26.
"I had a lot of bumps and bruises, and they seem to be all gone now," Green said. "It seems like we play so many games that you can't get over your little injuries. Right now I feel really good. I haven't felt like this in a long time."