Capitals defenseman Mike Green spent most of Thursdays practice playing alongside veteran Roman Hamrlik and said afterward he hopes to be in the lineup Friday night against the Devils after missing six straight games with a sprained right ankle.
Im getting better each day, Green said after Thursdays 50-minute practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Im finally getting close. Well see what the docs say today and well go from there.
Green said his biggest test came Wednesday when he participated in a 90-minute practice that many players described as the most demanding of the season. The practice included four sets of suicide skating drills and several one-on-one and two-on-two battle drills.
If I would have tweaked something (Wednesday) then I wouldnt be in the position Im in today, Green said. I feel great and well make a decision soon.
That was a tough practice. I felt good, my wind was good and it was just a matter of making sure Im strong. Hopefully, (his return) is tomorrow.
Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau was reluctant to give Green the green light, pointing out that he kept him out of power-play drills at Thursdays practice.
Hes still questionable, Boudreau said.
With back-to-back games against the Devils Friday in Newark and Saturday at the Verizon Center, Boudreau was asked if Green might play just one of the games.
I guess if he played Friday wed see how he was after (the game) and make a determination, Boudreau said. If he doesnt feel good enough at Fridays skate well put it off and hopefully hell be there to go Saturday.