Mike Green took the morning skate at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, this morning said afterward that he’s feeling good and all signs point to the defenseman returning to the lineup Friday night.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said Green’s status is a game-time call, but a source said the defenseman will make his return from a right ankle injury in this first half of back-to-back games against the Devils.
Green has missed six games since he twisted his right ankle on Oct. 22 against the Detroit Red Wings and the Capitals are 2-4-0 in his absence.
“It’s more how he feels,” Boudreau said. “He’s cleared to play, it’s just up to him.”
If Green does indeed return to the lineup, the question becomes who will be the odd defenseman out. The Capitals didn’t have a scratches skate this morning but it’s likely John Erskine or Jeff Schultz would be the main candidates to take a seat.
--A hearty congratulations to Matt and Kim Hendricks, who are new parents. Kim gave birth Thursday to twins a boy and a girl, Gunnar and Lennon respectively, and mother and newborns are all doing well, according to the Capitals.
Hendricks will join the team Friday afternoon in New Jersey, according to a team spokesman, but it’s uncertain if he will play against the Devils. If Hendricks does suit up, Mathieu Perreault could be scratched for the second straight game. I’m sure everyone will understand if Hendricks takes this game off, though.
--Tomas Vokoun was the first goaltender off the ice this morning and he gets the nod in net to oppose Martin Brodeur. In 16 career appearances against the Devils, Vokoun is 6-7-1 with a .922 save percentage and 2.42 goals-against average.