Coach Bruce Boudreau said that both Mike Green (twisted right ankle) and Troy Brouwer (right shoulder) will travel with the Capitals on their two-game, back-to-back road trip this weekend but it’s still uncertain how much game time either will see.
Boudreau said it’s unlikely that Green, who has already missed three consecutive games, will play Friday against the Hurricanes. The defenseman has skated lightly each of the past three days but has been unable to fully take part in the past nine practices
“I’d like to see them have more than one [practice],” Boudreau said when asked how much work Brouwer and Green would need before being reinerted into the lineup. “It’s pretty difficult in this league to just step off the injury block. Even though both the guys are in tremendous shape, it’s quite a difference from working out in the gym to working out on the ice.”
While Boudreau all but ruled out Green against Carolina, he wouldn’t say the same for Brouwer. The winger missed a second consecutive practice Thursday after being shoved into the boards by Anaheim’s Toni Lydman but it’s possible he could be ready to face the Hurricanes.
Brouwer, who was at the practice facility Thursday, was not made available to reporters.
“He’s only had two days off it’s not like having nine or 10 days off,” Boudreau said. “So we’ll see how he goes in the morning skate.”
— Boudreau wouldn’t divulge which goaltender would get the nod Friday, but it’s likely that Tomas Vokoun and Michal Neuvirth split these back-to-back games. For what it’s worth, Neuvirth has had a fair amount of success against Carolina in the past.
During 2010-11, Neuvirth went 2-1-0 with a .911 save percentage and 2.64 goals-against average and he also recorded his first NHL shutout against the Hurricanes on Oct. 27, 2010.