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Caps’ Green set to return against Boston

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NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 30: Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals skates during warm ups prior to a game against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena on March 30, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

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The Washington Capitals will have defenseman Mike Green in the lineup for the first time this season when they visit the Boston Bruins tonight.

Green, who missed the season opener nursing an upper body injury, will make his season debut as the Capitals look to bounce back from a 2-1 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens Thursday.

“Each day it was getting better and better and finally it’s strong enough to play,” Green told the Capitals website. “After a long summer, you’re excited to get back going. It’s a little bit deflating, but I thought the team played really well and hopefully we can build on that.”

Green is expected to be paired alongside 23-year-old defenseman Nate Schmidt.

Meanwhile there appears go be good news on the injury front for the Boston Bruins.

Top line center David Krejci skated Saturday and is expected to return to the Bruins lineup next week. According to’s Joe Haggerty, Claude Julien called Krejci “day-to-day”.

Additionally, Gregory Campbell continues to skate, but Haggerty reports the rugged forward has yet to be cleared for contact. Campbell is nursing a mid-core injury.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara took a stick near the eye from teammate Milan Lucic at the team’s morning skate and is sporting a welt on his face.

Chara just grabbed some snow from the ice to put in his right eye. Conferring with the trainer.

— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) October 11, 2014

Lucic is still looking to bounce back from offseason wrist surgery. The Bruins power forward has been held pointless and without a shot through the team’s first two games while carrying a minus-1 rating.

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