Update: According to a league source, Mike Green strained his right groin muscle in Friday’s game against the Devils. The groin injury is what is preventing Green from making the trip with the Capitals, who depart for Nashville later this afternoon.
Original post: Mike Green will not travel with the Capitals as they embark on a three-game road trip this week, according to Coach Bruce Boudreau, who added that he hopes the defenseman might be able to join the team on the road.
Green suffered an apparent lower-body injury late in the first period of Washington’s 3-1 win against New Jersey Friday when he was hit awkwardly in the corner by Devils’ forward Ryan Carter. (h/t Japer’s Rink on the clip of the hit.)
The two-time Norris Trophy finalist was backed up against the boards as Carter collided with him, and replay footage of the collision from CSN-Washington shows Green putting his hand on his right groin, wincing after he fell to the ice.
That game on Nov. 11 in Newark marked Green’s return from a right ankle injury that had caused him to miss the six previous contests but it was an abbreviated return. Green has now missed seven of the last eight games and played less than eight minutes in the only contest he appeared in.
“He’s not making the trip. He’s day to day,” Boudreau said. “We’re hoping that he joins us on the trip, but right now he’s going to stay here and get treatments.”
Boudreau said he expects both John Erskine, who was scratched Saturday, and Roman Hamrlik, who wasn’t able to finish Saturday’s contest with an upper-body injury, to play against Nashville.
So Washington will make the trip with six defensemen, who are – at least for the time being – able to play. Given that the Capitals have a day between each contest on this trip, Boudreau said it’s not necessary for the team to recall a defenseman from Hershey at this time.
“If we were playing back-to-back games I would say yes, but we’ve got a day off in between so I don’t think it’s necessary,” Boudreau said. “We could always, wherever we are, just fly somebody in on the off day.”