With Green out, Jay Beagle steps up on defense
The bad news regarding Capitals defenseman Mike Green is that he did not practice with the team for the second day in a row on Thursday because of a lower body injury.
The good news, according to Capitals coach Adam Oates, is that Green’s lower body injury is a bruise and not a groin injury and that he’s making the trip to Detroit for Friday night’s game against the Red Wings.
Whether he plays or not, now that’s another story.
“He’ll get a couple more treatments and we’ll see how he is in the morning,” Oates said.
With Green’s availability in question, the Capitals are likely to recall either Connor Carrick or Tyson Strachan from the Hershey Bears sometime later today.
Carrick, 19, has no goals, four assists and is a minus-3 in 10 games for the Bears. He had one goal in three games for the Capitals this season. Strachan, 29, has no goals and four assists and is a plus-3 in 11 games. He's played in 120 NHL games during his pro career.
The Bears played in Charlotte on Wednesday, chasing Checkers goalie Rick DiPietro in a 5-3 win, and are scheduled to play in Charlotte again tonight.
If the Caps recall Carrick or Strachan it will be before tonight’s game.
“You don’t want a guy to play three [games] in three [nights],” Oates said.
Oates said he would consider recalling the left-handed shooting Dmitry Orlov, but he would prefer a right shot to replace Green if he is unable to play.
“Chances are it will be a righty because Greenie’s down,” Oates said. “We don’t want to put a guy in a situation that we can’t get the best out of him