Green’s status unclear
Defenseman Mike Green is questionable for Sunday’s game at the New York Rangers because of a lower-body injury, according to Capitals Coach Adam Oates.
Green, who skated for roughly 15 minutes Saturday morning, was to make the trip to New York with the team but it was unclear whether he would be ready to play in the 6 p.m. game at Madison Square Garden.
“I hope so, we’ll see,” Oates said when asked whether Green would be available. “Just being precautious.”
Oates said if Green isn’t able to suit up that veteran Tom Poti, who last played Feb. 5 against Toronto, would likely take his place in the lineup.
Green played 25 minutes 34 seconds in Washington’s 4-3 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday. That is on par with his usual ice time, so it’s unclear when he suffered the injury.
Green, 27, has been hampered by shoulder problems, concussions and an ankle injury, and last season he missed 44 games when a groin strain led to a tear in his abdomen and ultimately required surgery.
In another injury update, Oates said Marcus Johansson skated Friday, but there remains no timetable for the center’s recovery. Johansson was not on the ice Saturday and will not travel with the team to New York.