Mike Green skated for the fourth time in the past five days ahead of the Capitals’ main practice on Wednesday but the defenseman said that there is still no set date for his return to the lineup.
He’s missed nine consecutive games with a strained right groin muscle since suffering the injury on Nov. 11 in New Jersey. When he was on the ice with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish this morning, Green took shots and did some skating but the workout didn’t include many hard stops and starts, which is often a hurdle for players recovering from groin problems.
“I’d like to be back tomorrow but that’s not going to happen,” Green said. “It’s just kind of a day-to-day thing, there’s no set schedule. It’s just me getting back into shape and making sure that I’m 100 percent healthy if not 90 percent at least.
“As far as game shape with being explosive,” Green added, “I still have some strengthening to do, who knows how long that will take.”
This injury marks the second prolonged stretch Green has missed this season due to injury. The two-time Norris Trophy finalist missed six games with a twisted right ankle from Oct. 27 to Nov. 8.
Washington is 8-0-0 with Green in the lineup this season and 4-10-1 without him.