- Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
- Mississippi abortion law can’t be enforced
- Teacher who survived Sandy Hook has book deal
- Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8M in case vs. ‘American Sniper’ author Chris Kyle
- Middle Eastern firm’s deal to manage U.S. cargo port raises security concerns
- Bob McDonnell’s defense: Lonely wife developed ‘crush’ on CEO
- Chinese hackers stole ‘huge quantities’ of sensitive data on Israel’s Iron Dome
- House Republicans unveil bill to speed deportations of border children
- Californians protest middle school for hiring white man to teach cultural studies
- Killer’s sentencing overturned because mother couldn’t find seat in courtroom
Capitals notes: Mike Green returns to lineup vs. Hurricanes
Question of the Day
The defenseman is by far the Caps’ leader in ice time, averaging 26:33 a game before the injury. In the meantime, the team leaned heavily on John Carlson.
“We need [Green]; he plays a lot of minutes,” coach Adam Oates said. “We really wore Carly out, and it’d be great to have him back and reduce some of his stress. He’s a top defenseman in this league.”
Carlson played 26:15, 30:34 and 22:42 in the three games Green missed. The 23-year-old had a goal and a minus-1 rating.
“I thought he played fantastic,” Oates said of Carlson. “But it’s not something you want to do. You don’t want to play a guy 30 minutes; you want to have him fresher as the game goes along. I thought he played great for us.”
Green on Monday pronounced himself 100 percent and said a couple of days off made all the difference. He expressed no concern about playing in the Caps’ back-to-back games, Tuesday against Carolina and Wednesday at the Philadelphia Flyers.
“The reason why I’m able to play is because I’m 100 percent,” Green said. “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. So here we are.”
Oates similarly dismissed any worries about the back-to-back games.
“It’s not an injury that gets tired,” Oates said. “You can either play or you can’t.”
Dmitry Orlov was cleared for contact this week, but the 21-year-old defenseman might not be able to play in a game with the Hershey Bears any time soon.
Orlov suffered an upper-body injury that’s believed to be a concussion when the Bears played the Norfolk Admirals at Verizon Center on Dec. 6. He began skating with Hershey teammates recently, but Tuesday was the first time he was able to skate without a no-contact jersey.
“I think it is a significant [step],” Bears coach Mark French said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. “Because of the duration that he’s been out, he’s been skating with us the last few weeks, but the fact that he’s been cleared to take contact now I think is a real good step.
“I think he was energized by that today and was real excited to be out there and have no restrictions on him. And hopefully we can progress and keep moving forward with him.”
French said he believed the plan was for Orlov to have two weeks of practicing with contact and then the team will evaluate him “almost on a daily basis.” Orlov won’t be able to play this weekend for the Bears, French said, though he was hopeful about the following weekend.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- WHYNO: Tomas Vokoun gets unexpected Stanley Cup shot with Penguins
- Brandon Meriweather, Redskins' secondary ready for bounceback year
- Kirk Cousins embraces role as Redskins' offseason starter as RG3 rehabs from injury
- Capitals notes: Realignment won't prompt roster remake
- Despite Caps' first-round playoff exit, Adam Oates' first season as coach left a positive taste
Latest Blog Entries
- Redskins injury updates (5/23): WR Pierre Garcon, CB Josh Wilson each had labrum surgery
- Capitals 'love' Matt Hendricks, but how much?
- Wojtek Wolski signs in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League
- Tom Poti won't return to Capitals, plans to continue his NHL career
- Is Tom Wilson ready to be a regular for Capitals?
- Boehner rules out impeachment: 'Scam started by Democrats'
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
- Obama's brother wears Hamas scarf bearing anti-Israel slogans in photo
- Tactical advantage: Russian military shows off impressive new gear
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
- McCLAUGHRY: Finish off the "Islamic State" quickly and cheaply
- New York Times reporter Carol Vogel accused of plagiarism
- Iraqi Christians rally at White House: 'Obama, Obama, where are you?'
- Hillary Clinton: Forget Obama, George W. Bush made her 'proud to be an American'
- ISIL destroys key bridge leading to Baghdad; suicide truck bomb severed supply line
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world