11.13.13: Caps week in review
Capitals defenseman Mike Green sat out Wednesday’s practice with what the team is calling a lower body injury suffered in Tuesday night’s 4-3 overtime win against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Asked if Green would be available to play when the Capitals return to action in Detroit on Friday, Capitals coach Adam Oates said, “We’ll see. I obviously hope so. We’ll evaluate him [Thursday].”
Green was hit hard behind the Capitals net by Columbus Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau with 8:06 gone in the third period, but Oates said the injury might have occurred on a “bump” Green took earlier in the game.
Since the 2010-11 season Green has missed 103 of the Capitals’ past 231 games [44.5 percent] due to injury, including lengthy stays on the injured list with groin problems.
“One of the things we talked to him about is playing him too much, where maybe he is a little fatigued and he doesn’t see a guy coming as fast as he should,” Oates said. “It’s one of the things we’re trying to monitor – spread the minutes out so we don’t put that much pressure on him.”
Through 19 games, Green has no goals and 11 assists and is a minus-6 while leading the team in average ice time at 24:18.
With the right-handed Green sidelined and the left-handed Dmitry Orlov sent back to Hershey on Wednesday, the Capitals used right-handed center Jay Beagle as a defenseman at Tuesday’s practice.
Beagle said he played defense as a youngster and he drilled teammate Brooks Laich with a check during Wednesday’s practice, but Oates said that if the Caps need to recall a defenseman they’ll look at options in Hershey.
Other right-handed options in Hershey are defensemen Connor Carrick, who has no goals, four assists and is a minus-3 in nine games, and Tyson Strachan, who has no goals, three assists and is a plus-3 in 10 games.
Aside from Beagle taking turns on defense, the Capitals’ lines remained the same on Wednesday with Nicklas Backstrom between Marty Erat and Alex Ovechkin; Marcus Johansson between Brooks Laich and Troy Brouwer; Grabovski between Jason Chimera and Joel Ward; and Michael Latta between Aaron Volpatti and Tom Wilson.