The Washington Capitals survived a few games without Alex Ovechkin at the beginning of November, and they’ll be forced to do the same with Mike Green on the shelf now. NHL.com announced today that the talented offensive-defenseman has a lower-body injury and is considered day-to-day.
As per the site’s report:
Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, the team announced Wednesday.
Green hasn’t scored a goal yet this season, but is a valuable puck mover for Washington. He has 11 assists on the year, which is good for 24th in the NHL among all skaters. It’s tough to replace that sort of production from the blue line, and fans seem to be clamoring for Dmitry Orlov for take Green’s spot on the back end as a go-to offensive player.
It might not be quite that simple, however.
Guys, Dmitry Orlov is left-handed. Mike Green is right-handed. Jay Beagle is skating on defense this morning. He’s right-handed.
— Adam Vingan (@AdamVingan) November 13, 2013
Green missed practice this morning and wasn’t available for the Caps.
Mike Green not at #Caps practice today. Team says he’s day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) November 13, 2013
Washington doesn’t play again until Friday, when they take on the Detroit Red Wings. Considering that Green is day-to-day, he could very well be healthy enough to compete in that contest. After the Wings, Washington will play the St. Louis Blues at home on Sunday.