Ben Raby, wtop.com
WASHINGTON – Capitals defenseman Mike Green missed his second straight practice Tuesday as the Caps continued to prepare for their first multi-game road trip of the season.
According to the team, Green is suffering from a lower body injury and is considered day-to-day. Coach Bruce Boudreau said after practice that Green will travel with the team to Edmonton and is hopeful that the 26-year-old can skate with the team Wednesday.
The Caps begin their two-game trip Thursday against the Oilers and if Green is unable to play, Sean Collins will likely dress as the Capitals’ sixth defenseman.
John Erskine has not yet been cleared for his season debut (offseason shoulder surgery), leaving the Caps with little choice but to recall Collins Tuesday from the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.
“When we phoned down there,” Boudreau explained, “he’s the best right-handed defenseman that they had… he has experience playing for us and he’s playing well. If we had kept a seventh defenseman [to begin the season] it would have been him anyways, so he was the logical choice.”
Collins appeared in four games with the Capitals last season recording a goal and two penalty minutes. He also dressed for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal against Tampa Bay.
“I spent a pretty good chunk of time here last year with the same coaching staff and a lot of the same guys,” Collins said. “The systems have changed a little bit, but we did them in training camp and we’re doing them in Hershey as well so I feel good about it.”
Green took a puck to the jaw in Saturday’s 7-1 win over Detroit - an injury that required stitches - and reportedly sprained his ankle on the play as well.
The injuries did not seem to slow Green down as he finished with two power play goals while tying his career-high with four points. After the game, Boudreau called it Green’s “best game - maybe in a year.”
The Capitals visit the Oilers, Thursday at 9:40 PM. Catch the broadcast on WFED 1500AM and online at www.wfed.com. Coverage begins with the Caps Pregame at 9:00.
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