Mike Green is out of town visiting with a specialist, presumably about the strained right groin muscle that has held him out of the lineup for 14 consecutive games.
Coach Dale Hunter wouldn’t elaborate when asked what type of doctor Green was seeing but said that the defenseman is expected to join the Capitals on the road later this week. Washington travels to Winnipeg for a game on Thursday then to Colorado to face the Avalanche on Saturday; the team would not say when Green would meet up with them.
“It’s day to day and he’s getting better. It just takes time,” Hunter said. ”I think every player’s been through it. It’s a little frustrating because you can’t play — it just takes time and it heals.”
Green, 26, suffered the groin injury back on Nov. 11 at New Jersey when he was hit by Devils’ forward Ryan Carter in the corner. The two-time Norris Trophy finalist appeared to be making progress as he skated for consecutive days with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish in late November, but Green hasn’t skated in the past four days.
When he skated most recently, on Thursday, Dec. 8, Green slammed his stick into the boards as he went off the ice. He told reporters afterward that there was still no timeline for his return.
Green has now missed 20 of the past 21 games because of the groin strain and the ankle injury that caused him to miss six consecutive games beginning on Oct. 27.