TAMPA, Fla. -- Washington Capitals
defenseman Mike Green
did not play in the final 18:37 of Game 3 on Tuesday night with what coach Bruce Boudreau
called a lower-body injury. Green sat at the end of the bench in the final minutes of the team's 4-3 loss but did not go back on the ice.
If Green is not able to play Wednesday night in Game 4, the Capitals will likely turn to Sean Collins
, who played four games in the regular season for the team. Veterans Dennis Wideman
, who is not with the team on this road trip, and Tom Poti
have been out with long-term injuries but have been skating in an effort to return. Boudreau had hoped he might have Wideman available by the end of this series. Tyler Sloan
could also be an option to replace Green.
Washington forward Eric Fehr
also did not finish this game. He was checked into the boards in the third period and skated to the bench with his right arm dangling at his side. He went right to the dressing room and did not return. Fehr had surgeries on both shoulders two summers ago, and had a shoulder injury earlier this season.
If Fehr can't play, Matt Hendricks
would likely return to the lineup. He's been a healthy scratch since Mike Knuble
returned from injury for Game 2 of this series.