Mike Green skated for the first time since Oct. 22 Tuesday after twisting his right ankle against the Detroit Red Wings. The defenseman said he felt good but that there’s still no timetable for his return.
“Felt good. Day to day here but today was a good day for me. I finally got out there, so hopefully be back soon,” said Green, who was asked if he might be ready for this weekend’s back-to-back games against Carolina and the Islanders. “If I feel good enough to play, I’ll play. There’s no date set yet, I want to make sure I take care of it.”
Green suffered the injury with 2 minutes and 57 seconds remaining in the first period of Washington’s 7-1 win over Detroit, when he was hit in the jaw by the puck and contorted his body, including his right ankle, when he fell to the ice.
When Green took his skate off after the game, his ankle swelled and he wasn’t able to put a skate back on his foot until Tuesday. Green skated briefly without pads before the main group of Capitals took the ice for the morning skate, but he returned as players headed to the dressing room and got in some work in full gear and pads for roughly 15 minutes.
Green will miss a third consecutive game tonight because of the twisted right ankle but it sound like he will return soon.
“He felt a lot better,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “From all accounts he’ll be at practice tomorrow.”
Green said he didn’t think he’d need much practice time to get back in the swing of things but that it’s more important for him to get involved in games as quickly as possible.
“I think I’ll need one good practice — I don’t want to be bag skating too long,” Green said. “One good practice, I think I’ll be fine it’s more about the game, the speed of the game. The quicker I can get into that situation the better I’ll be in the long run.
“It’s tough watching,” Green added. “You want to be out there but it’s good because you can see what’s going on and the areas we need to fix — you’re aware of it watching upstairs. It’s not always a bad thing but I’d rather be out on the ice.”