Defenseman Mike Green
played his first game Saturday night since undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia Jan. 17. By itself, the injury didn't knock him out of the lineup, but he could tell he wasn't the same player.
"For the longest time before the surgery, even though I wasn't sore, I didn't have my skating stride," Green said. "I couldn't skate as well as I used to."
He said he could feel the improvement immediately after the surgery. Green played 14:14 in a 2-1 loss Saturday to Tampa Bay. Now he wants more ice time.
"Fourteen minutes felt like four minutes for me," he said. "I told (coach Dale Hunter
) I want to play more, that I feel good, so we'll see."
With Green back in the lineup, Hunter said he will consider dressing seven defenseman against Carolina.
Here are the projected lineups for tonight's game:
Alexander Ovechkin – Mathieu Perreault
- Troy Brouwer
- Brooks Laich
– Mike Knuble
– Marcus Johansson
– Alexander Semin
– Jeff Halpern
– Joel Ward
– John Carlson
– Denis Wideman
– Mike Green
will get the start in goal for the Hurricanes, after Cam Ward
tweaked a lower-body injury Saturday night and had to leave the game against the New York Islanders
. Mike Murphy
, who appeared in his first two NHL games in December, was called up from Charlotte to serve as the backup. Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller
described Ward's status as day-to-day.
– Eric Staal
– Jerome Samson
– Jeff Skinner
– Jussi Jokinen
Andres Nodl – Brandon Sutter
– Patrick Dwyer
– Tim Brent
– Derek Joslin
– Bryan Allen
– Justin Faulk
– Jamie McBain