Going into Washington’s game against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night, the Capitals were 9-0 with defenseman Mike Green in the lineup. After the 5-2 defeat in northern California, the team fell to 9-1 and it may be a while before we get to add to those totals. He only played three shifts and missed the last 10 minutes of the second period—and never appeared in the final frame. For those keeping track at home, the comeback attempt lasted all of 26 shifts in a game and a half.
After the game, Caps head coach Dale Hunter said that Green was removed from the game because he felt tightness in his injured groin. Like teammate Nicklas Backstrom before the game, Green was taken out of the game as a precautionary measure. He’s already missed 29 games with a sprained ankle and his injured groin, so the last thing the Caps want to do is take any extra risks with a player that has already struggled with injuries this year.
There was worry that Green left the game due to an injury he may have sustained when he was drilled with a tough check from Andrew Desjardins in the second, but Hunter explained that Green’s absence in the third period was unrelated to the body check. The good news is that it could just be his previous injury flaring up a little bit.
Of course, the bad news is that his previous injury may be flaring up.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
After winning seven straight, the Wild are winless in their last seven (0-6-1). Worse yet, Michael Russo drops the dreaded F-bomb on the team: Fragile (Star Tribune)
Peter Laviolette says that Danny Briere was inspiring against the Ottawa Senators. No, not the three goals he scored, but the rare fight for the 179 pound Briere. (CSN Philly)
Tyler Myers is back from a broken wrist—and according to head coach Lindy Ruff, it doesn’t look like he’s missed a game. (Tonawanda News)
Finally, there are people that are giving Nashville the proper respect it deserves for growing into a good hockey market. (Backhand Shelf)
Who do you think is leading the Central Division? The Chicago Blackhawks? The Detroit Red Wings? Try the St. Louis Blues. (Post-Dispatch)
It’s that time of year: it’s awards season! Well, midseason awards season. (Buffalo News)
Those are good stories. Here’s a Top 10 list that most players would rather avoid—the first-half flops (QMI Agency)
We all knew that getting traded could be rough on a player, but Brendan Mikkelson breaks down the logistics of changing addresses mid-season. (Tampa Tribune)
Talk about a Honeymoon period. The Anaheim Ducks have struggled all season, but fans are still lining up to meet the new guy behind the bench. Randy Carlyle probably wouldn’t have had the same kind of reception. (OC Register)
Who says they’re trying to take hitting out of hockey? Theo Peckham demonstrates how to knock a burgeoning star onto his wallet. (NHL)
File this under the “adding insult to injury” file: the Edmonton Oilers saw Jordan Eberle hobble to the dressing room in the first period of their 4-1 loss to the Dallas Stars. Here’s was the official word from the Oilers: “Jordan Eberle will not return to today’s game with a right knee injury.” The play that cost Eberle the rest of the game didn’t look like anything serious, but he ended up leaving the game after only taking a handful of shifts in the first period.
As if things couldn’t get any worse for the struggling, wounded Oilers these days. The emerging star was unable to return to the ice and thus far, the Oilers aren’t offering any details about the severity of the injury. Eberle will probably be examined on Monday and didn’t talk to the media after the game, but he was able to leave the arena under his own power without the aid of crutches. For Edmonton fans looking for any positive signs, that’s about all we have for you.
In addition to Eberle, the Oilers have lost Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Tom Gilbert, and Ryan Whitney on their brutal seven game road trip. You know it’s bad when a team goes 1-6-0 on the road and the record wasn’t the worst part of the trip.
Here’s the video of Eberle getting his skates tied up with Dallas forward Jamie Benn that most likely caused the injury.