Capitals defenseman MIke Green took regular defensive shifts with Roman Hamrlik, cranked shots from the point on the power play and generally looked like a guy ready to return to the lineup at Monday's practice.
But don't go placing bets on Green playing Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars at the Verizon Center.
"It felt good, so we'll see," said Green, who sprained his right ankle Oct. 22 against the Red Wings. "I feel that I'm ready to play. I'm a lot better than I was two days ago."
When pressed about his availability for Tuesday night's game, Green backtracked a bit.
"I feel like I could, it's just a matter of making sure I get a couple more skates in -- or at least one more.
"I don't want to be a liability on the ice. I've only had one really good skate. For me to jump right back in wouldn't necessarily be a good thing. If I feel like I am (a liability) I don't think I should play. And if I don't I'll play.
Green said his ankle is not painful, but it is still weak. With two days between Tuesday's game against Dallas and Friday's game against the Devils, it seems more likely Green makes his return in New Jersey.
"We'll sleep on it and see how it goes," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "We don't want to rush him and we're not going rush him, either.
"Everything would have to be perfect. You always want players to tell you they want to play. It's up to the other people, the trainers and coaches, to do the right thing."