Mike Green did not practice with the Washington Capitals on Friday after aggravating a groin injury. He will not go with the team to Winnipeg, coach Adam Oates said.
“It’s just not quite feeling right,” Oates said. “He played a couple games, got hit a little bit. It’s just not quite right, so we’re taking a step back until he heals.”
Green missed three games with the groin injury before returning to play back-to-back games against Carolina and Philadelphia on Tuesday and Wednesday. He’ll miss a fourth Saturday when the Caps visit the Jets.
There’s no clear time frame on when defenseman will be able to return.
“We’ll see how he is when we come back,” Oates said. “Maybe a couple treatments and he feels that much better. Hard to give you an answer.”
Green missed 41 games with groin problems last season that required sports hernia surgery.
“It’s obviously concerning because of his past history,” Oates said. “We need to really get this correct.”
Green has missed 83 of the Caps’ past 183 games because of one injury or another, be it concussion, ankle, shoulder or groin.
Green played 21:54 and 22:14 in the back-to-backs. After the loss at the Flyers, the 27-year-old defenseman knew something was wrong.
“It’s the type of injury where you think you’re good,” Oates said. “Until you get really, truly bumped, you can’t really tell.”
Without Green, the Caps’ pairings were Karl Alzner with Tomas Kundratek, John Erskine with John Carlson and Jeff Schultz with Tom Poti. Kundratek’s role is expected to expand again with Green out of the lineup.