In non-coaching related news, defenseman Mike Green skated twice in the past three days, marking the first times he’s hit the ice since suffering a strained right groin muscle on Nov. 11 against New Jersey.

While the Capitals’ struggles can not be attributed solely to Green’s absence, their downturn has correlated with his injury. Washington is 8-0-0 when the two-time Norris Trophy finalist is in the lineup and 4-9-1 when he is not.

Green skated on Saturday and Monday for roughly a half hour during each session and the fact that he is back on the ice is a positive sign, even if there isn’t a firm plan for his return yet.

“He’s starting to skate,” General Manager George McPhee said Monday. “He seems to be doing really well but we don’t have a timetable.”