When the Capitals embarked on this three-game road trip they did so hopeful that Mike Green, who is out with a strained right groin muscle, might be able to join them at some point on the road.
That optimism is no longer apparent as Washington does not expect Green to meet up with the team on the road.
Asked on Thursday if Green might join the team at some point, Coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters in Winnipeg, “I really doubt it.”
Green strained his groin when he was hit by New Jersey’s Ryan Carter late in the first period on Nov. 11. He’s missed both games since leaving that contest early.
The defenseman hasn’t skated since suffering the injury, which is not a good sign, and groin problems have a tendency to linger throughout a player’s career. Green is taking part in off-ice workouts back at KCI, though, according to a team spokesman.
General Manager George McPhee, who joined the team in Winnipeg after taking part in the meeting of league general managers in Toronto earlier in the week, declined to speak with reporters Thursday.
Some other notes from the morning skate at MTS Centre:
— Michal Neuvirth gets the nod in net tonight against the Jets. The last time he was in Winnipeg it was June 2009 and he was busy sewing up a Calder Cup championship for the Hershey Bears. Safe bet that had something to do with Boudreau’s logic in playing him here.
— Mathieu Perreault was out on the ice for extra work again Thursday and it looks like he will be the odd man out tonight. If he does sit against the Jets, Perreault will have been a healthy scratch in five of the past seven games.