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