Mike Green sat out a second consecutive practice with a lower-body injury that Coach Adam Oates described as a bruise, but the defenseman will travel with the team to Detroit Thursday afternoon. Whether Green will be ready to suit up against the Red Wings on Friday, though, remains uncertain.
Green suffered the injury in Washington’s 4-3 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night at Verizon Center and was seen limping at the team’s Arlington practice facility.
“He’s going to come with us on the trip, get a couple more treatments and see how he is in the morning,” Oates said. “It’s a different injury, he got hit pretty hard and he’s bruised. It’s not a groin problem. It’s a bruise.”
The Capitals will likely recall a defenseman from the AHL’s Hershey Bears this afternoon to have an extra blueliner with the team in the event that Green is unable to play against the Red Wings. Given that Hershey plays in Charlotte again Thursday night, the Capitals would make the decision to recall someone before that contest.
“You don’t want them to play three-in-three so we’ve got to make that decision,” said Oates, who added the team would most likely recall a right-handed shot if they’re replacing the right-handed Green in the lineup.
Rookie Connor Carrick (0G, 4A, minus-3 in 10 AHL games) and veteran Tyson Strachan (0G, 4A, plus-3 in 11 AHL games) would be the two primary, right-handed options to bring up. Oates said that the Capitals would also consider Dmitry Orlov, a left-handed shot who was with the Capitals for most of the last two weeks but was a healthy scratch in seven straight contests during that span.
“Orly has been ready to play and obviously we’ll consider him too, but chances are it will probably be a righty because Greenie’s down,” Oates said. “We don’t want to put a guy in a situation that we can’t get the best out of him.”