The Washington Times - February 16, 2012, 10:16AM

To Washington Capitals fans who want Mike Knuble to be back in the lineup Friday night at the Florida Panthers, he looked good in green.

Knuble was in a green practice jersey Thursday, skating on a line with Matt Hendricks and Brooks Laich. Recently recalled forward Keith Aucoin wore white as a member of the fourth line, and it’s likely that he or Jay Beagle will be a healthy scratch Friday.

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It was looking good Wednesday, too, but the 39-year-old right wing wasn’t getting ahead of himself.

“Who knows what’s going to happen between now and Friday,” Knuble said. “I mean that’s the way you have to look at it – just be prepared either way.”

Mike Green was on the ice again, and he’s expected to go on the Caps’ upcoming road trip, even though his exact return is still uncertain.

Lines from practice:

Alex Ovechkin - Marcus Johansson - Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Mathieu Perreault - Alexander Semin

Matt Hendricks - Brooks Laich - Mike Knuble

Jay Beagle - Jeff Halpern - Joel Ward / Keith Aucoin