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Green could return for Capitals

Friday, 11.11.2011 / 12:43 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / At the Rink blog

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Green could return for Capitals
NEWARK, N.J. -- Capitals defenseman Mike Green could return to the lineup tonight at Prudential Center. He has missed the last six games with a right ankle injury.

Both Green and Washington coach Bruce Boudreau used the words "gametime decision" to describe the blue-liner's status for tonight against the Devils, but all indications are that he will play.

Green has participated in every full practice this week, including a bag skate Wednesday. He didn't look to be in any discomfort this morning and came off the ice when the rest of his teammates did. Had he stayed on for extra work, it would have been an indication that he is definitely out.

"It's more how he feels," Boudreau said. "He's cleared to play. It's just up to him."

Boudreau also said the back-to-back against the Devils (Washington plays host to New Jersey on Saturday at Verizon Center) has nothing to do with the decision on Green for tonight.

"Tomorrow might be a different issue, but if he feels good enough to play he's going to play," Boudreau said. "His conditioning is fine after this week."

Washington needs to get Green back in the lineup.

"We're 7-0 with him and 2-4 without him," Boudreau said. "He's a pretty important piece to our puzzle."

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