Mike Green isn’t fully ready to get back in the Capitals lineup just yet, but him just being on the ice Tuesday was a major sign of progress.
“I’m good. It felt good. I’m day-to-day here,” he said in his first comments since Oct. 24. “Today was a good day for me and I finally got out there. Hopefully I’ll be back soon.”
Green, who suffered a right ankle injury Oct. 22, skated about 15 minutes before the Caps’ morning skate and about 10 minutes after. It was the first day he could actually put his right foot in the skate to even give it a go.
“It feels good, though,” he said. “I think it’s just a matter of me taking care of myself and, yeah, it’s come along pretty good.”
Green was hurt with 2:57 left in the first period Oct. 22 against the Red Wings on the same play he was hit in the face with a puck. He remained in the game, but the ankle swelled up when he took his skates off.
“When your adrenaline’s going and your skate’s on, it’s putting pressure in there that’s not letting it swell up or whatever,” Green said. “It’s fine, honestly, and I’ll be ready to go soon.”
As for how soon, Green doesn’t have an official target.
“If I feel good enough to play, I’ll play. There’s no date set yet,” he said. “I want to make sure I take care of it.”
Green said he would need one good practice to feel comfortable again.
“I don’t want to be bag-skating too long,” he said with a smile. “One good practice I think I’ll be fine. It’s more about the game – the speed of the game – and the quicker I can get into that situation the better I’ll be in the long run.”