Jan 28, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) celebrates after scoring the winning goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the overtime period at First Niagara Center. Capitals beat the Sabres 5-4 in OT. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Green a game-time decision for Washington Capitals game vs. Detroit

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green is a game-time decision for the Caps game vs. the Detroit Red Wings after he left Thursday night’s game vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets after taking a jarring hit from Boone Jenner.

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Washington is 24-22-8 this season and is coming off a 5-2 loss the night before. The 56 pints by the Capitals put them in seventh place in the Metropolitan division and in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, so they need Green to get back on the ice as soon as possible.

Green has seven goals and 23 assists thus far this season in 51 games with 13 of his 30 points coming on the power play. However, like many of his Washington teammates, the big statistic that sticks out like a sore thumb is his minus nine.

He has always been an offensive defenseman, but the team’s overall lack of success on the five-on-five is a direct correlation to the team’s struggles this season.

With 28 games remaining the Caps have plenty of time to get things together and make a playoff push as they are only eight points behind the No. 4 team in a jumbled middle class in the east.

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