The Washington Times - March 8, 2013, 11:01AM

Mike Green, who has missed six of the past eight games with a groin injury, skated solo before the rest of his Washington Capitals teammates practiced Friday. It was the first time the defenseman was on the ice since playing 22:14 on Feb. 27 at the Philadelphia Flyers.

He stepped off the ice when the rest of his teammates came on for drills.


“Yeah, he skated. I think he felt pretty good,” coach Adam Oates said. “I’ll find out later from [trainer Greg Smith] after he ices down and all that and how he feels the next day.”

Green will not travel with the team to New York for Saturday’s game at the Islanders.

Skating could be considered “a good sign” for the Caps, Oates said. But with a groin injury it’s hard to tell.

“I experienced two groin issues and I missed seven weeks with both of them and the abdominal tear is where you’re wondering what’s going on, you throw darts, you go out there and try it out and it’s ‘no no no’ and then suddenly one day it’s ‘yes’ and you’re playing,” Oates said. “You see that with every guy with a groin.”

Green originally suffered the groin injury late in the Feb. 14 game at the Tampa Bay Lightning. He missed three games before returning to play two.

Oates said getting hit in the Flyers game led to Green aggravating the injury. Even if Green continues to skate, there’s not much to glean from that until he’s able to test the groin again in game action.

“You think it’s healed but then as soon as you get real contact [it flares up again],” Green said. “You can replicate as much as you want but until you get into a game in the heat of the moment and take an unguarded hit you don’t know.

He has missed three games since and was placed on injured reserve to make room on the roster for Steve Oleksy.

Green has missed 86 of the Caps’ past 186 regular-season games over the past two-plus seasons because of various injuries. He is on injured reserve but could be activated at any time.