UPDATED 3:19 P.M.Capitals defenseman Mike Green did not practice for the second straight day on Tuesday, and the club has recalled defenseman Sean Collins from the Hershey Bears, raising concerns over Greens availability for Thursday nights game in Edmonton.
Green injured his ankle in Saturday nights 7-1 rout of the Detroit Red Wings, matching a career high with four points. He was on the teams Tuesday afternoon flight to Edmonton, but coach Bruce Boudreau said it would be determined Wednesday or Thursday if Green would be able to play Thursday night.
Hes on the trip, and were hoping he can skate Wednesday, Boudreau said after putting his players through a grueling 90-minute practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
With Green out and John Erskine still sidelined with a shoulder injury, Collins was recalled from Hershey Monday afternoon and practiced Tuesday on a third defense pairing with Jeff Schultz.
Dennis Wideman took Greens place on a pairing with Roman Hamrlik, while Karl Alzner and John Carlson remained intact.
Boudreau said Collins, who had one goal and one assist and was a team-best plus-5 in seven games for the Bears, is the best right-handed defenseman on the Bears roster and he was the logical choice to be recalled. For the record, top defensive prospect Dmitry Orlov shoots left-handed and has one goal, two assists and is even on the pus-minus ledger.
Collins, 27, played four regular-season games and one playoff game for the Capitals last season, notching one goal.
I just want to keep things simple and see where it goes, he said.