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Posted at 2:44 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Caps' Mike Green won't play against Ducks

By Katie Carrera

Coach Bruce Boudreau said that Mike Green will not play against the Anaheim Ducks tonight.

The team is playing it safe with Green, who missed Monday's game in Phoenix with an inner-ear trauma that resulted from when the defenseman was struck in the head by a slap shot Feb. 6 against Pittsburgh. Green is scheduled to see a specialist in California this afternoon.

Green's absence does not mean that call-up Patrick McNeill will make it into the lineup, though. Boudreau said McNeill will not face the Ducks and that he was brought up for added depth in case another defenseman would suffer an injury tonight in Anaheim.

By Katie Carrera  | February 16, 2011; 2:44 PM ET
Categories:  Anaheim Ducks, Injuries, Mike Green  
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Comments

Let's just let Carlson and Alzner play the full 60 minutes!

Posted by: digster1013 | February 16, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather see McNeill than sloan.

I'd rather go with 5 D than Sloan, but oh well. They might as well showcase McNeill, his play last season before the shoulder surgery probably makes him attractive.

Posted by: GFisher1 | February 16, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Kumbaya........remember that we all have to stay positive and say nice things about BB the clown and his band of serious under achievers tonight.

Posted by: capper3 | February 16, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

McNeill won't miss much and might get to play on Thursday. Practicing with the Caps can't hurt and Hershey doesn't play until Friday @ Rochester.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 16, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Trade Semin for Iginla

Posted by: griz0615 | February 16, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

@ griz0615

Finally, someone other than myself looking at Iginla. I really would hate to part with Semin and I think that Calgary would want someone else or a few someone else's.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 16, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else find the handling of Green's injury to be rather suspicious?

First of all, last week they delayed for several days (until Friday, the injury happened on the previous Sunday) in having him take the neurological tests to see if he had a concussion (as if they suspected he might have a low grade concussion, but didnt want to risk missing games by having to abide by the full blown process required to resume activity after a concussion). If you're really concerned about his health, wouldn't you give him the tests ASAP?

And, during one of the broadcasts lasts week, Laughlin used the term "concussion", and then a few minutes later Joe B reiterated that "at no point has the team used the term concussion in reference to Green's injury"... this made me wonder if Ted or GMGM or someone else affiliated with the team was listening to the broadcast and quickly had word sent to the booth that they weren't happy that the "C" word was used.

Now, lo and behold, Green played last weekend, and now he has "inner ear trauma".... which probably means he's having balance issues, which (again)... leads one to suspect that he might have a concussion.

It just all seems pretty fishy to me...

Posted by: chombie13 | February 16, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Joe B

Where is he? Anyone got any info on him

Posted by: bqts | February 16, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The one game that I saw McNeill play up in Hershey was probably not a good indication but he got beat badly at center ice, pretty much watched the guy go by and score. McNeil looked more like a pilon. It was right after he returned and he suffered from the same inactivity that affects all players who return from injury layoffs, including Sloan. One thing about Sloan is that he will not be beat by a faster skater when retreating. Would imagine it is tough to be the 7th defenseman and keep the game level skills up there. Additionally, a lot of criticism that is laid on Sloan by the fans is not fully justified - he plays the way his coaches ask him to play. If he was a bad as some in this forum express, he would have been sent packing a long time ago. He's here because the coaching staff knows he can step in when needed and get the job done - and at the right price to satisfy GM. The McNeill call up is about giving a mental lift to a guy who has missed a lot of the season and is being rewarded for working through rehab to a successful return. Wish him well if he gets to play. Lay off Sloan a little bit and recognize his work ethic to be ready when called upon. Watch the guy at Kettler and you will see nothing but commitment to his team.

Posted by: rockdaredlangely | February 16, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=354125
DUCKS PLACE G HILLER ON IR FOR THIRD TIME

Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - The Anaheim Ducks placed goaltender Jonas Hiller on injured reserve Wednesday, after his third straight bout with fatigue and light-headedness in less than two weeks.

Hiller told the club he experienced another instance of the mysterious ailment after practice on Tuesday and left the ice early. He had been placed on IR twice last week, both times retroactive to February 3 with the same issue.

The native of Switzerland has gone 26-16-3 with a 2.50 goals-against average and five shutouts this season.

To fill the roster spot, Anaheim once again recalled goaltender Timo Pielmeier from Elmira of the ECHL.

Curtis McElhinney is expected to be in net later Wednesday when the Ducks welcome the Washington Capitals to Honda Center.

Posted by: FrankM73 | February 16, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Even knowing nothing about Curtis McElhinney, we can say with 95% confidence that he will give up 2 or fewer goals tonight.

Posted by: zmega | February 16, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Semin for Iginla will never happen. The Flames are hot at the moment and their playing off of Iginla's leadership. His team is going in the standings and we all known where the Caps are heading.

Once the Caps finish with the 1-yr deals to Semin he's gone to the KHL.

Posted by: ttenner | February 16, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

is fehr playing tonight. anyone know.

Posted by: samb99 | February 16, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

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