Mike Green has a lower-body injury and his status for the Washington Capitals’ game Sunday at the New York Rangers is uncertain, coach Adam Oates said Saturday.
Green left practice after skating for about 15 or 20 minutes.
“He’s got a lower-body injury, but he’s going on the trip,” Oates said.
Asked if he expected his No. 1 defenseman to play at Madison Square Garden Sunday evening, Oates said: “I hope so, we’ll see. Just being precautious.”
It looks like Green was injured late in Thursday night’s victory at the Tampa Bay Lightning.
He was laboring back on Nate Thompson’s breakaway goal with just over three minutes left but stayed on the ice for the ensuing faceoff. After an icing forced him to stay out, he called to the bench for a replacement with 2:40 left, struggling to skate. About 15 seconds later, Green could be seen walking down the tunnel.
Green was one of the first players on the ice Saturday, following the Caps’ day off.
Green has an injury history that includes a concussion, shoulder problems, a right ankle injury and groin issues that led to sports hernia surgery 13 months ago. He missed a total of 50 games in 2011-12 with the ankle injury (six) and groin/abdominal tear (44).
Even without the point production, the 27-year-old was starting to look like his old self.
Green has said numerous times recently how happy he was to finally be skating healthy.
“[He looks] really good,” Oates said. “He’s doing what I ask of him.”
If Green cannot play at the Rangers, Tom Poti will likely step into the lineup, Oates said. But it’s hard to make up for all the minutes the No. 1 defenseman logs; Green played 25:34 in Thursday night’s victory at the Tampa Bay Lightning.