Mike Green did not take part in Capitals practice Wednesday and is questionable for Friday’s game at the Detroit Red Wings with with what the team will only describe as a lower-body injury.
The defenseman skated 23 minutes 3 seconds in Washington’s 4-3 overtime win against Columbus Tuesday night and finished that contest. But Green was also the recipient of three hits, including an intense collision with Blake Comeau with 8:04 gone in the third period.
“I don’t think it was that hit but he got bumped up during the game,” said Coach Adam Oates, who was asked if Green would be able to face Detroit. “We’ll see. Obviously hope so. We’ll see, evaluate him tomorrow.”
Green has been plagued by injuries of all types in recent years and has missed 93 of the past 231 regular season games, dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season. Back in January 2012 he underwent sports hernia surgery after dealing with a nagging groin injury and returned later in the season, but was limited in the first half of last year’s lockout-shortened campaign with another groin problem.
If the Capitals are without their ice-time leader (24:18) for any length of time, it will stretch the depth of an already banged up defensive unit that has been without Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau) and John Erskine (upper-body), who are both on long-term injured reserve, for several weeks now.
During Wednesday’s practice, usual center Jay Beagle was sporting a blue defenseman’s jersey and went through the workout as a blueliner but that was just in an effort to offer balance in practice drills. Oates said he wouldn’t use Beagle in a game as a defenseman.
Should Green miss time the Capitals would look to bolster depth Hershey, where the top right-handed options available are rookie Connor Carrick and veteran Tyson Strachan. In nine games with the Bears, Carrick has four goals, four assists and a minus-3 rating while Strachan has three assists and a plus-3 rating in 10 AHL games. Hershey visits the Charlotte Checkers in back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday.
>> The Capitals reassigned Dmitry Orlov, a left-handed shot, back to Hershey this morning.