The Washington Times - February 20, 2012, 01:43PM

RALEIGH, N.C. | Dale Hunter is a coach loathe to give up information even the day of a Washington Capitals game about his lineup. But start making legitimate coaching sense when bringing up topics and he starts to give some hints.

Given the performance of the fourth line of Jay Beagle, Jeff Halpern and Joel Ward on Friday night, I asked if it would be useful to reunite them Monday night at the Carolina Hurricanes.


Yeah. You’re coaching now, are you?” he said with a hearty laugh. “You’re in my brain, aren’t ya? Definitely. The way they played there was very positive and one of our better lines and created a lot of scoring chances. You could be bang on.”

That did indeed happen, with the Caps going back to six defensemen and Mike Green getting a full shift.

But the 26-year-old defenseman was in a cheery mood and eager for more ice.

I played two nights ago and 14 minutes, it felt like four minutes to me,” Green said. “I told them I want to play more, I feel good, so we’ll see.”

Dmitry Orlov was scratched. A team spokesman said it was because of illness.