Defenseman Mike Green will not play at Verizon Center in the second of back-to-back games against the New Jersey Devils, Coach Bruce Boudreau said Saturday morning.
Green made an abbreviated return to the Washington lineup Friday night, but played only 7 minutes and 10 seconds against the Devils before heading off to the dressing room with an apparent lower body injury.
The defenseman was hit late in the first period by New Jersey forward Ryan Carter. It was an awkward play with Green pinned to the corner boards and Carter’s knee appeared to collide with the two-time Norris Trophy finalist’s left leg.
Boudreau said Friday night that this injury is not related to the right ankle injury that held Green out for the six games prior to Washington’s 3-1 win against the Devils.
“He’s not playing tonight,” said Boudreau, who wouldn’t call it a precautionary move. “No, he’s just not able to play tonight.”
Jeff Schultz, who was a healthy scratch Friday, should be back in the mix Saturday. “Jeff jumps in today and [it] should be good,” Boudreau said.