The Washington Times - March 12, 2013, 01:15PM

Mike Green doesn’t have a timeline to return from a groin injury, though the Washington Capitals defenseman skated Tuesday with teammates and reported some progress.

“I mean, coming along here,” Green said. “Still a little bit of a ways away, but at least I’m back on the ice.”

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Green has missed eight of the past 10 games with the groin injury that he originally suffered Feb. 14 at the Tampa Bay Lightning. He aggravated it Feb. 27 at the Philadelphia Flyers in his second game of back-to-backs.

“It’s something you can’t predict, obviously,” Green said. “It just happens. Just needed some more time off to make sure that it was 100 percent rather than 90.”

Green knew right away that his groin wasn’t fully healthy.

“Try and play through it, but you’re only so effective then and then you’re not playing your best game and possibly hurting your team,” he said. “So that’s why I decided to take some time off and get it 100 percent.”

Coach Adam Oates has said multiple times about Green and forward Brooks Laich that it’s nearly impossible to gauge progress of groin injuries.

“He’s been through this so many times,” Oates said. “I’m sure that’s going to be between [general manager George McPhee], [trainer Greg Smith], Greenie and myself.”

Green credited off-ice workouts for his improvement.

“I was doing, actually, dry needling, which helped out and sped up the recovery big time,” the 27-year-old said, referring to a form or needle therapy that is like acupuncture.

Counting Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes, Green has missed 89 of the Caps’ past 189 regular-season games with one injury or another. That dates to the beginning of the 2010-11 season.