The Washington Times - February 19, 2013, 10:34AM

Mike Green did not take part in Tuesday’s practice with his Washington Capitals teammates, even though the injured defenseman skated briefly.

Green, wearing a backwards hat and navy blue hooded sweatshirt, appeared to be testing his lower-body injury while other players were going through conditioning drills.


“I didn’t even watch him,” coach Adam Oates said. “He’s feeling better. He just wanted to go touch the ice. And he’s going to probably practice with us [Wednesday].

Asked about Green’s status for Thursday night’s game against the New Jersey Devils, Oates said the No. 1 defenseman was still “day-to-day.

Green traveled to New York with the Caps but did not skate Sunday and missed the game at the Rangers. The team had a full off-day Monday.

With Green out, rookie Tomas Kundratek got the promotion to the first defensive pairing and played a career-high 23:25 against the Rangers. Tom Poti went into the lineup in Green’s place.

Forward Brooks Laich (groin) did not skate at all Tuesday. He was not on the ice with teammates Sunday, doing off-ice exercises instead. Laich did not skate Monday, Oates said.

There is no timetable on Laich making his season debut. Oates said three days off the ice did not represent a setback.

Forward Marcus Johansson (upper-body injury) did not practice. Oates said he will likely skate solo on Wednesday.

Defenseman Jack Hillen, who could miss another three-plus weeks with an apparent shoulder injury, skated with teammates Monday. He has not yet been cleared for contact, according to Oates.

Oates stuck with the same lines from Sunday night:

Wojtek Wolksi - Nicklas Backstrom - Troy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Mike Ribeiro - Alex Ovechkin

Eric Fehr - Mathieu Perreault - Joel Ward

Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle - Joey Crabb

Karl Alzner - Tomas Kundratek

John Erskine - John Carlson

Jeff Schultz - Tom Poti