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Mike Green and his wonky groin return tonight

Jan 3, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

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Caps fans might not recognize him, but Mike Green returns to their lineup tonight against Calgary.

Green has been out since November 11 with a tough groin injury. Green originally hurt his ankle in late October and missed nearly a month with that injury. Upon his return in November, he played in just the one game on the 11th before hurting his groin.

Now he returns to a Caps team that looks like it’s starting to get things turned around in the right direction. With Alex Ovechkin scoring goals and leading the offense while the defense and goaltending are stiffening up, Green’s return could be the spark their offense and defense needs to begin yet another second half run to the playoffs.

With Green back in the lineup, that could mean bad things for Jeff Schultz on the back line. Schultz has had a rough season seeing himself wind up a healthy scratch on occasion and with Dmitry Orlov playing well, Schultz shapes up to be the odd man out. Then again, Dale Hunter could choose to go with seven defensemen as well just to be different.

  1. takingbovadasmoney - Jan 3, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    wonky groin?

  2. jpelle82 - Jan 3, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    “while the defense and goaltending are stiffening up”. you can throw that progress out the window. green is good for allowing at least 2 or 3 scoring chances per game normally on his own, lets see how bad it is on a “wonky groin”

    • lsxphotog - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      Haha, not many people call him on that. He goofs up a lot and can cause just as much damage as he’s capable of providing. He finished the past two years close to even because of this.

      • lsxphotog - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:52 PM

        Past year.

    • bcjim - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      Amusing how bad people want to say Mike Green is lousy yet I bet (with very few exceptions) every other team in the league would trade their top D-man or both of their 2/3 d men for Mike Green in 0.1 seconds if they had the chance. Guaranteed.

      • gianthatr - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        Exactly and he was playing better D than years before until he got hurt. Carlson gives up just as many stupid chances with his all of the sudden blowouts and slippery ice syndrome. No one dare same something bad about Carlson in the DC area though….for shame.

  3. hague507 - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Wow they carried 7 defensemen last night and Schultz was not one of them. Perhaps it’s time to ship him elsewhere if anyone is willing to part with a 6-pack and a pizza.

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