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Green, Laich out for Capitals vs. Red Wings

Sunday, 02.02.2014 / 12:05 PM

By Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Green, Laich out for Capitals vs. Red Wings

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals will be without the services of both defenseman Mike Green (concussion) and forward Brooks Laich (groin) against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

Green, who has a history of head injuries, awkwardly absorbed a check from Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner during the first period of Washington's 5-2 loss Thursday. As the two raced for a puck in the Washington zone, Jenner beat Green to the inside, putting the defenseman in a precarious position as he was driven into the boards.

The 28-year-old did not play Friday when the Capitals lost 4-3 to the Red Wings in a shootout, but fully participated in practice Saturday and noticed a considerable difference in how he felt.

"If you've ever had a concussion, you know what it feels like," Green said on Saturday. "You put yourself at risk going back out there if you don't have the reaction time you need. Another bump to the head wouldn't be good, so the protocol and what [the NHL] implemented has really helped. I think the players understand what to look for and how to react, so I'd rather miss a couple games than half a season."

Laich did play on Friday, but his last shift came with 15:42 remaining in the third period when the latest flare-up of his troublesome groin injury kept him on the bench. He will miss his 15th game of the season as a result of the injury.

The Red Wings are expected to deploy the same lineup as Friday. Detroit has been shut out in each of its past three road games, the franchise's longest such streak since 1928.

Here are the projected lineups for the teams' rematch Sunday at Verizon Center:

RED WINGS

Gustav Nyquist - Henrik Zetterberg - Justin Abdelkader

Tomas Jurco - Riley Sheahan - Tomas Tatar

Joakim Andersson - Darren Helm - Daniel Alfredsson

Drew Miller - Luke Glendening - Patrick Eaves

Jonathan Ericsson - Niklas Kronwall

Kyle Quincey - Danny DeKeyser

Brendan Smith - Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard

Jonas Gustavsson

Scratched: Todd Bertuzzi, Daniel Cleary, Brian Lashoff

Injured: Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), Johan Franzen (concussion), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia)

CAPITALS

Martin EratNicklas BackstromAlex Ovechkin

Marcus Johansson - Jay Beagle - Troy Brouwer

Jason ChimeraEric FehrJoel Ward

Aaron VolpattiCasey WellmanTom Wilson

Karl AlznerJohn Carlson

Dmitry OrlovTyson Strachan

John ErskineConnor Carrick

Michal Neuvirth

Braden Holtby

Injured: Mikhail Grabovski (left leg/ankle), Brooks Laich (groin), Mike Green (concussion), Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau)

Notes: This is the sixth straight season the Capitals have hosted a Super Bowl Sunday matinee; they are 3-2-0 in their previous five and 14-7-2 all-time.

Quote of the Day

We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff