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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Mike Green set to return to Capitals' lineup against Flames


(John McDonnell - The Washington Post)
After missing 23 consecutive games with a strained right groin muscle, Mike Green is expected to make his return to the Capitals’ lineup Tuesday night as they host the Calgary Flames.

Green has missed 29 of Washington’s 37 games this season with injury, first a twisted right ankle and then the groin strain.

Capitals aim to ease Green back into game action

“Finally,” Green said after the morning skate. “It’s been frustrating sitting out and obviously a couple months ago coming back and then the first game back, back on the press box. I’m just happy to be back, focused. Preparing to do the right things tonight and that’s all that’s on my mind right now.”

Green is accustomed to logging significant ice time, but don’t look for him to jump back in that role immediately. The Capitals intend to ease him into game action again, and will use seven defensemen tonight in order to make it easier to avoid overusing Green.

The two-time Norris Trophy candidate said he will look to take things slowly.

“I think you’ve got to ease yourself in,” Green said. “I’m not going to be jumping up all over the ice or whatnot. I think it’s important for me to get my game back and it’s better that I do that slowly rather than quickly. I don’t intend on being up and down the ice tonight.”

Stay tuned for more on Green’s return to the Capitals’ lineup.

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