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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.”

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.”

The 27-year-old credited off-ice workouts for his improvement, specifically dry-needling, a form of needle therapy that “helped out and sped up the recovery big time.”

Green has missed 89 of the Caps’ past 189 regular-season games because of injury, dating to the start of the 2010-11 season.