Green, who skated for roughly 15 minutes Saturday morning, will make the trip to New York with the team but it’s unclear whether he’ll be ready to play in the 6 p.m. contest at Madison Square Garden.
“I hope so, we’ll see,” Oates said when asked if Green would be available. “Just being precautious.”
Oates said if Green isn’t able to suit up that veteran Tom Poti, who last played Feb. 5 against Toronto, will likely take his place in the lineup.
Green played 25 minutes 34 seconds in Washington’s 4-3 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday. That is on par with his usual ice time, so it’s unclear when he sustained the injury.
Green, 27, has a long injury history. He’s been hampered by shoulder problems, concussions, an ankle injury and last season he missed 44 games when a lingering groin strain led to a tear in his abdomen and ultimately required surgery.
In other injury updates, Oates said Marcus Johansson skated Friday but their remains no timetable for the center’s recovery. Johansson was not on the ice Saturday and will not travel with the team to New York.
Brooks Laich, who has yet to make his season debut because of a lingering groin injury, updated reporters on his recovery process so be sure to stay tuned for a post on him.