Green Seeks Green Light for Saturday

Posted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel

Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks ended Washington’s hopes of its first three-game winning streak in five weeks. So the Caps now turn their attention to winning the final game of the three-game homestand on Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings because immediately afterwards, they’ll head to Dulles for the team’s longest road trip of the season. The Caps are about to embark upon a five-game, 10-day trip starting with a Valentine’s Day game against the Coyotes in Phoenix and concluding with their first ever visit to Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh to face the Penguins. “We know Saturday’s an important game because we know how important the road trip is going to be,” says Caps coach Bruce Boudreau. “We’ll hopefully go out and play the best game that we’ve had at home in a while.” In the wake of Tuesday’s loss, the Capitals had Wednesday off. They were back at practice today and will have another practice session on Friday to prepare for the clash with the Kings. “It’s important,” says Boudreau of having two days of practice and video sessions to get ready for the team’s next game. “It was important that they had a day off, too, because they had seven days in a row [without a day off] and some pretty emotional games. I think that was the biggest thing in Tuesday’s game, when you’re playing a Western Conference team after coming off two emotional games.” Caps defenseman Mike Green participated in today’s practice. Hit near the right ear by a Brooks Orpik point shot late in the first period of Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Penguins, Green missed the rest of that game and Monday’s practice. His wound required some stitches and led to some headaches. Amid unfounded reports that he was suffering from a concussion, Green skated the length of Tuesday’s morning skate but did not play that night against the Sharks. Green was on the ice Wednesday and appears likely to play on Saturday. “Unless he has tremendous headaches this afternoon, I’ve got to believe he’s fine,” says Boudreau. The Caps aren’t about to take any unnecessary risks with their top offensive defenseman, and having four days between games gave them the luxury of sitting him against the Sharks. “We’re talking about a man’s livelihood and his life,” says Boudreau. “We’re not going to take chances on that. But if Mike wasn’t feeling 100 percent, he wouldn’t have been out there today.” Green says he feels fine and expects to play on Saturday. “It’s frustrating for me but I have to be safe here and make sure I’m all healed up before I get back,” There’s no point in me being out there unless I’m at least 80, 90, 100 percent.” On October 26, 2007, then-Caps captain Chris Clark absorbed an Alex Ovechkin slap shot to his ear. Clark suffered from equilibrium problems in the aftermath of being hit, and that problem was what kept him on the sidelines. Clark’s injury was never once characterized as a concussion, either (he was listed as day-to-day with an ear laceration throughout the time he missed), even though he missed three weeks and eight games of action. “We never once used the word ‘concussion,’” says Boudreau in referencing Green’s ailment. “But if I hit you over the head, you’re going to have a headache.” Green has also had issues with his equilibrium, but he is back practicing faster than Clark was, too. “The first couple days took some time to come back,” says Green. “I feel fine now. That was the thing. It was more of a balance thing than a concussion. But again, I feel good. I should be good to go on Saturday.”

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