TORONTO – Tyler Sloan hinted at it after coming off the ice at Air Canada Center Tuesday afternoon that the Capitals might be getting a defenseman back Wednesday night back at home against the Panthers. Then General manager George McPhee said on radio that a defenseman was ready to go.
Yes, it’s possible Mike Green will be back. The All-Star defenseman has been in good spirits lately, skated solo at Kettler on Tuesday and is expected to return to the Caps’ lineup either Wednesday or Saturday.
“I would expect that Green’s gonna play in the playoffs and we’re just trying to figure out which game over two we get him in here,” McPhee said on Fan 590 in Toronto. “Do we play him tomorrow night, do we play him Saturday? But he’s pretty much ready to go.”
McPhee declined comment through a team spokesman Tuesday night.
Sloan, who was set to be scratched Tuesday night against the Maple Leafs, didn’t know if he’d play vs. Florida because “we might get more guys back.”
Green said earlier in the week he was looking at playing one of the final two regular-season games, and coach Bruce Boudreau mentioned that he’d like to have “one” of Green or Tom Poti back before the playoffs start.
Poti doesn’t appear as close as Green but could also get a look sooner rather than later.
As for the Caps’ most severely injured defenseman, here’s what McPhee told Fan 590 about Dennis Wideman:
“Wideman we’ll keep our fingers crossed. I don’t think he’ll be ready right away, but we’ll see how he responds. It’s a pretty significant injury, and it’s gonna take some time.”
Given past athletes who have had compartment syndrome, Wideman appears to be a long shot to play in another Caps game this season.