Mike Green suffered an apparent setback in his recovery from a twisted right ankle Wednesday when he was unable to skate for more than 10 minutes. Coach Bruce Boudreau said he was doubtful the defenseman would be able to play Friday in Carolina, given that he has yet to practice with the full group.
“If I feel good I’ll play,” Green said. “It’s day to day. I wake up each day, it feels a little bit better, tomorrow could be a lot better than today.
“It’s just one of the things, with your ankles and the skate,” Green added. “If I can’t skate, I cant play. The swelling stayed down; it’s just a matter of getting it strong and comfortable enough to play. I figure in the next couple days it should be strong and we can go from there.”
Green has missed three straight games since twisting his ankle on Oct. 22 against the Detroit Red Wings on the same play when he was hit in the jaw by the puck late in the first period . The two-time Norris Trophy finalist skated for the first time since the injury on Tuesday.