More to come from the Capitals’ morning skate, but first a few quick notes on the lineup and status of various players for Game 1 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Rangers.
*Coach Bruce Boudreau maintained that Mike Green is a “game-time” decision for tonight’s contest but everything appears to be in place for the defenseman to make his return from a concussion to the lineup in Game 1.
The two-time Norris Trophy finalist came off the ice after the morning skate with the group of players that is typically in the lineup that night and the scratches — including Tyler Sloan, Sean Collins and Tom Poti — went through a hard skate for at least 45 minutes after the rest of the team went off.
Green missed 26 of the final 28 games of the regular season with a pair of concussions, one after he was struck in the head by a puck on Feb. 6 and again when he was hit in the head by the Rangers’ Derek Stepan on Feb. 25.
*Along with Sloan, Collins and Poti, who wasn’t expected to play this early in the series because of his nagging groin problem, Eric Fehr, Jay Beagle and D.J. King also took part in the scratches skate.
At least for now, Fehr is the odd forward out among those whom Boudreau was rotating as a healthy scratch in the final days of the regular season.
*If you missed it earlier, Boudreau estimated Dennis Wideman may be able to return in three weeks.
*Based on all of that, and assuming Green plays, here is what the lineup will likely be for Game 1 against the Rangers: