Mike Green’s status for Thursday’s game against the New Jersey Devils is uncertain as the Washington Capitals’ No. 1 defenseman deals with a lower-body injury. But given practice Wednesday, it doesn’t look good.
Green skated before practice along with injured forward Marcus Johansson and then stayed on for the start of the team workout. He left after about 10 minutes and talked to trainer Greg Smith before walking to the locker room.
“He felt pretty good,” coach Adam Oates said. “We’re going to evaluate him tomorrow. He didn’t want to do too much. We’ll see how he is in the morning. He felt pretty good. He just didn’t want to be explosive. But he felt fine with everything else.”
The 27-year-old not being able to take part in the full practice appeared to be a bad sign for his ability to play against the Devils. Oates offered his dose of optimism when asked about that.
“I’m not reading too much into it,” he said. “He said he could do everything expect he didn’t want to be explosive and set himself back. But he said he felt good with everything he did.”
The Caps are preparing “both ways,” in case Green can play or isn’t able to, Oates said.
Green appeared to suffer the lower-body injury late in Thursday’s game at the Tampa Bay Lightning and missed Sunday’s game at the New York Rangers. The team is calling him day-to-day.
Johansson (upper-body injury) did some light skating with Green for about a half-hour but departed the ice as the rest of his teammates jumped on. The Caps have not revealed any kind of time frame for Johansson to return to game action.
Forward Brooks Laich (groin) did not skate, his fourth straight day off the ice.
“Brooks is fine,” Oates said, pointing to off-ice workouts, “He’s just been doing a treatment where they want to stay off the ice for a couple of days for strength purposes.”
Braden Holtby will make his fifth straight start in goal, Oates said.
The Caps stuck with the same lines and pairings from Sunday’s game at the Rangers:
Wojtek Wolski - 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