Sadly, it was no surprise that Mike Green was absent from Monday’s practice. The Capitals defenseman who just returned to the lineup Friday left in the first period at the New Jersey Devils missed Saturday’s game.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said Friday night that Green was day-to-day and was confident it wasn’t serious. Monday he confirmed the defenseman wouldn’t be starting the road trip with the Caps.
“He’s not making the trip; he’s day-to-day,” Boudreau said. “We’re hoping that he joins us on the trip, but right now he’s going to stay here and get treatments.”
Boudreau’s tone Saturday seemed to be less optimistic, though he did not change from the day-to-day prognosis. Monday, the update was that the team is playing a game of wait-and-see.
“[The injury] happened Friday. I’m hoping he’s back within a week, playing,” Boudreau said. “So I guess that’s day-to-day, once you take the Friday, Saturday, Sunday, the days off and when he starts skating and then gets playing, that’s my hope.”
Green’s new injury occurred with 1:57 left in the first period Friday in an awkward collision with Ryan Carter. Green’s left leg appeared to take the brunt of the hit, though Carter’s skate also made contact with Green’s right ankle, which he wasn’t putting weight on early in the second.
Green was out for good after a power-play shift in the second on Friday night. He was the only defenseman on the roster not skating Monday.
He did not speak to reporters at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Monday.