ADAM OATES

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When Mike Green went down with a head injury in the first period of Thursday night’s 5-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, Adam Oates knew defenseman John Carlson would see a bump in ice time.

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Capitals defenseman Mike Green sat out the final 20 games of the 2010-11 regular season with a concussion, so he understands as well as anyone the dangers of returning to the lineup too early.

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Michael Neuvirth hasn't seen a ton of playing time this season, but has taken advantage of what coach Adam Oates has given him.

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Washington travels to Detroit in pursuit of their third win in four games when they face the Red Wings. Coverage begins on CSN at 7 p.m.

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News and notes as the Capitals [24-22-8, 56 points] prepare to visit the Detroit Red Wings [23-19-11, 57 points] at Joe Louis Arena [7:30 p.m., CSN]:

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