The Washington Times - December 12, 2011, 12:44PM

Mike Green strained his groin on Nov. 11. He hasn’t played for the Washington Capitals since.

Now, he’s going to see a specialist. That much coach Dale Hunter confirmed Monday, though he offered no comment on where the All-Star defensemen went.


“He’s going to join us on the road,” Hunter said.

Hunter made it sound like a “good sign” and repeated the standard team line that he’s “day-to-day.” But he has missed 14 straight games, will miss a 15th Tuesday and had not skated since Thursday.

“I think every player’s been through [injury],” Hunter said. “It’s a little frustrating because you can’t play. It just takes time and it heals.” 

The Caps leave for a two-game road trip Wednesday and will play Thursday in Winnipeg and Saturday in Denver.

“It’s still bothering him and he’s not a hundred percent. You don’t want to push him because there’s no point if he can be out for longer,” defenseman Roman Hamrlik said. “Every body is different. You can’t judge whether a player should play or not. He’s going to know when he’s ready. This is the kind of injury that can come back again and again.”

Tom Poti has been out since Jan. 12 with nagging groin problems. He’s on long-term injured reserve and is out indefinitely.