Mike Green ‘not feeling 100 percent,’ Marcus Johansson close to being cleared for contact

March 4, 2013

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Mike Green is still “not feeling 100 percent,” according to Coach Adam Oates, and there’s no real indication as to when the Capitals’ top defenseman might be ready to return to the lineup.

He’s missed four games this season with a groin injury and it’s a safe assumption that he won’t be ready to face the Bruins on Tuesday at Verizon Center.

Oates said that the Capitals don’t have any immediate plans to shut Green down for an extended period of time after he aggravated his previous groin muscle injury.

“I hope not,” Oates said. “It’s that injury that feels like it’s healing. Maybe it’s not. He played. I wouldn’t say it was set back, he just doesn’t feel comfortable, and we’re just waiting for that moment where it’s like, ‘Okay, go again.’ And we don’t want it until he’s closer to 100 percent.”

Meanwhile, Marcus Johansson’s recovery appears to be progressing. The Swedish forward was slated to have a test Monday in order to be cleared for contact, Oates said.

“He’s going to have a test today, and he should be cleared,” Oates said, adding that Johansson looked “a lot better today. He looked like he had jump.”

Johansson has missed nine games with what the team will only describe as an upper-body injury, but he’s been skating with the Capitals regularly for a little more than a week now. During the lockout, Johansson reportedly suffered a back injury while playing for BIK-Karlskoga.

Although Johansson is slated to be cleared for contact, Oates said he wasn’t sure what kind of timeframe to put on a potential return to the lineup.

“I think that would be in terms of his conditioning,” Oates said. “He needs some skates at full speed, some contact in drills, but we’ll talk about it in terms of how ready he feels.”

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Lindsay Applebaum · March 4, 2013

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