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Latest Michael Green Items
Mike Green can't seem to catch a break. Just a bit over seven minutes of ice time into his return to the Capitals' lineup Friday, the All-Star defenseman got hurt again.
Dennis Wideman joked recently that the right leg hematoma he suffered in March makes that leg "instantly older" - like 37-year-old Capitals teammate Roman Hamrlik.
Brooks Laich likes to skate with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Brett Clark in the summertime and learn the position --- just in case the Washington Capitals ever need him to slide back to the blue line.
Ask any NHL player about injuries, and there's a good chance he'll find the nearest wooden object and give it a tap. The Capitals had been going pretty well on that front through a half-dozen games, but now Washington has hit a rough patch in one of the worst areas --- on defense.
It was a long 20 days for Mike Green. He missed six games and plenty of practices.
This wasn't what anyone around the Washington Capitals wanted to see on the night of Mike Green's triumphant return to the lineup. He got tangled up with a Devils player late in the third period and skated gingerly off the ice.
Alexander Semin's equipment bag sat outside the visiting locker room at Prudential Center by itself. It was the first one on the cart to head out to the bus.
The Capitals are a much different team with Mike Green than without him, which is why they should be a happy group Friday night.
Mike Green and the Washington Capitals have been playing a game of wait-and-see for a while now. A right ankle injury has kept the defenseman out of the lineup since Oct. 22.