The Washington Times - November 8, 2011, 11:31AM

Bruce Boudreau and Mike Green both said Monday they’d wait and see Tuesday morning whether the Capitals’ All-Star defenseman would be able to play against the Dallas Stars. Green had just taken his first full practice with the team since injuring his right ankle Oct. 22 and was feeling much better than even two days prior.

But Green didn’t seem outwardly optimistic.


“I don’t want to be a liability on the ice. I’ve only had one really good skate here. So for me to just jump back in, that wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing if that’s the case – if I’m going to be a liability.” he said. “If I feel I am, I don’t think I should play. If I don’t, then I’ll play. I’ll let you guys know tomorrow.”

Green being on the ice for the scratches skate Tuesday let us know, even though he declined comment through a team spokesman. He’ll miss his sixth straight game with that ankle injury, which has lingered longer than the Caps hoped it would.

Boudreau’s brief comments on Green Tuesday weren’t particularly encouraging about the idea of him playing this weekend. When asked if a return against the Devils Friday or Saturday was a possibility, the coach responded: “Right now it is, yeah.”

Green, like he did on Long Island Saturday, worked out with the assistant coaches and fellow scratches (this time Mathieu Perreault) with the idea of strengthening his foot back up.

“I think it’s just more now getting him back into game shape before he plays,” Boudreau said.


Michal Neuvirth will start in goal for the Caps against the Stars on Tuesday night. Neuvirth is 2-1 with a 2.96 goals-against average and .902 save percentage this season. He’s coming off a 24-save effort in Friday’s win over the Carolina Hurricanes.