The Washington Times - April 5, 2011, 01:17PM

TORONTO – Sean Collins isn’t annoyed by the media spotlight in Toronto – one that Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau likened to the Super Bowl. It’s cool for the defenseman who a week ago was in Hershey and on Tuesday night will be back in Washington’s lineup against the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

It’s set to be another special night for Collins, who made his NHL debut in this building back on Dec. 6, 2008.


“I have really fond memories of this building, and I’m excited,” Collins said.

Collins gets the call vs. Toronto along with John Erskine as Tyler Sloan will miss Tuesday night’s game for precautionary reasons. Sloan, who got his “bell rung” Saturday in a hit with Cody McCormick, said Monday he was feeling better.

But Tuesday he took part in the scratches skate in Toronto and at least partially explained why he wasn’t in the lineup.

“I just wanted to make sure I can be able to skate hard and not have any problems,” Sloan told The Times. “So far, no problems.”

Sloan wasn’t even ready to commit to playing Wednesday night against the Panthers back at Verizon Center. That’s because “We might get more guys back,” he said.

Enter Mike Green? The defenseman skated at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington on Tuesday and has said he was looking to play in one of the final two games of the season.

If Green returns against Florida, that would mean Collins being scratched or sent back to Hershey for the Bears’ Calder Cup run.

“They really haven’t talked to me about how long I’ll be here, because I don’t think anyone really knows,” Collins said.

With that in mind, the 27-year-old said he can’t think negatively about Green’s comeback negatively affecting him. It just comes with the territory.

“Over the years in pro hockey you really learn to worry about what you can control and don’t worry about what you can’t control,” Collins said. “I really don’t think of it like that; whenever they wanna use me and whatever they wanna put me in, I’m gonna give it my best and do whatever I can to help the team.”