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Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 10/22/2010

Mike Green, Matt Bradley getting closer to returning

Mike Green said Friday that he is progressing in his recovery from an undisclosed upper-body injury he suffered against the Islanders on Oct. 13 and that he will definitely travel with the team for next week's road trip. But while Green said he hopes to be back in a game soon, there isn't a definite timetable for the defenseman's return.

Meanwhile, Matt Bradley participated in the duration of practice for the first time (he's taken part in morning skates) since leaving the Capitals' game against the Senators back on Oct. 11 with a lower-body injury. He has been on injured reserve, retroactive to Oct. 12, since the game against Nashville but is eligible to return to the lineup at any time.

"It's nice to get through the whole practice. I felt good out there so it's definitely coming along," said Bradley, who added that there hasn't been a decision on his availability for Saturday's contest against the Thrashers.

As for quantifying his health as a percentage, "I don't know about a number," Bradley said. "I felt good all practice and I made it through a whole practice, which is a good thing, so obviously it's quite high."

Said Coach Bruce Boudreau when asked if there was any schedule for either player's return: "They're getting better, and if this was Game 74 and we needed it, they'd probably both play, but the last thing you want is something that's not one hundred percent and to re-injure it. They will let us know when they're one hundred percent. If it's tomorrow that they feel one hundred percent and they can go full out, then it will be tomorrow. If not, hopefully at the latest, it will be in Carolina."

On to some other notes from practice before I get to work on a story about the Capitals' not-so-powerful power play.

--Boyd Gordon did not practice again today and Boudreau did not offer any update on his status. Tom Poti, the only other player not on the ice for practice, received a maintenance day, Boudreau told CSN's Corey Masisak, and will be be in the lineup against Atlanta at Verizon Center.

--Matt Hendricks said his right leg was still pretty sore after blocking a shot by Zdeno Chara last night but that he'll be fine. I'll have more to come on the power play for tomorrow's paper, but Hendricks was added to the second power-play unit in practice today as Boudreau wanted to add a little extra toughness.

"He's a physical guy. He blocked Chara's shot and is not going to be afraid to stand in front of the net," Boudreau said. "I thought we needed a little more grit on that second unit and he's a guy that will do anything to succeed. So just more of an experiment to see how he would be."

--Marcus Johansson mentioned yesterday morning before the game against the Bruins that it was nice to get his first NHL goal out of the way. Whether it was having that concern behind him or perhaps just an ability to blend in with Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin, the rookie had easily his best game so far against the Bruins on Thursday.

"I felt, especially [Thursday], it went better for myself," Johansson said after the 4-1 loss to Boston. "But I think the line played good and we worked very hard and got the puck deep. We created chances but we didn't get it in and it's the goals that count. So we can't be happy."

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