Mike Green is feeling better after missing three games with a groin injury, the defenseman said Monday, and he expects to play Tuesday for the Washington Capitals against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Green deemed himself “absolutely” ready to go after a couple of days off.
“Even from Saturday [in] warmups to today skating is night and day,” Green said. “Those two days to rest was perfect.”
Green missed 41 games last season with a groin injury, and the experience from dealing with that helped the 27-year-old not rush back this time.
“The decision made Saturday [not to play against the New Jersey Devils] was kind of from experience, and it was a wise one,” Green said. “I’m 100 percent and ready to go.”
Asked if he expected Green to play Tuesday, coach Adam Oates said: “I hope so. We’ll see how he feels in the morning. I know he was going full speed so unless there’s a setback the rest of the day, I hope so.”
Green was on the ice for Tuesday’s morning skate and looked to be doing all right.
The Caps have been cautious with Green, considering his value in all situations and the concern that he could make the injury worse. But back-to-back games, Tuesday vs. Carolina and Wednesday at the Philadelphia Flyers present a challenge of how hard to push.
Green isn’t worried about monitoring himself.
“The reason why I’m able to play is because I’m 100 percent and it was either kind of battle through it on Saturday or else wait until I’m 100 percent so I could play the back-to-backs,” he said. “I’m 100 percent, so the back-to-backs aren’t going to hurt me.”