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Mike Green’s new ailment: strained groin

Mike Green, Ryan Carter

Washington Capitals’ Mike Green (52) controls the puck despite being hit into the boards by New Jersey Devils’ Ryan Carter (20) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)


Just one period into his return from an ankle injury, Mike Green suffered another “lower-body” issue on Friday.* We already know that he won’t travel with the Washington Capitals as they begin a three-game road trip, but now we know why. Green apparently strained his right groin muscle, according to Katie Carrera of The Washington Post.

Bruce Boudreau describes Green’s injury as a day-to-day issue and hopes that he’ll join the team sometime during that trip. Obviously Green is expected to miss Tuesday’s game against the Nashville Predators, but the other two games are against the Winnipeg Jets (Nov. 17) and Toronto Maple Leafs (Nov. 19).

It wouldn’t be surprising if he missed the entire trip, but we’ll keep an eye open for updates.

* - A Ryan Carter hit caused the problem, but it’s unclear if this post’s main image captures that moment or not.