Mike Green’s right ankle injury might be getting better by the day, or it might be getting worse. It really depends on the day.
Tuesday was a significant sign of progress as the Capitals All-Star defenseman put on his skates for the first time since getting hurt and spent about 25 minutes on the ice. Wednesday was a setback, as he skated for maybe 10 minutes before leaving.
The optimism Bruce Boudreau had showed Tuesday about Green returning this weekend evaporated a day later
“I was really hoping. Sort of more hoping than probably reality a little bit,” said Boudreau, who now doubts Green will play Friday at Carolina. “After today’s one minute, yeah.”
Green was less forthcoming about his status for the upcoming back-to-back.
“No comment. We’ll see. If I feel good, I’ll play,” he said. “It’s day-to-day. I wake up each day and it feels a little bit better. Tomorrow could be a lot better than today.”
Green, who twisted his right ankle Oct. 22 against the Red Wings while taking a puck to the face, called it a silver lining that this happened now and not in the spring. Swelling hasn’t been an issue as much as strength.
“It’s just a matter of getting it strong again and comfortable enough to play,” Green said. “I figure in the next couple days it should be strong and we’ll go from there. I don’t want to jump in the lineup and be a hazard out there. We’ll do this and address it properly and make sure I’m ready.”
The hope is for Green to practice again Thursday – with the goal of more than 10 minutes of skating.
“Yeah, I’m going to try just the same; I’ll put my gear on, my skates and if I can go longer than I did today, I will,” he said. “It’s just one of those things with the ankles and your skate. If I cant skate, I can’t play.”