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Boudreau: Poti, Green Will Play

Coach Bruce Boudreau just said he expects defensemen Tom Poti and Mike Green to be ready to go tonight after both suffered minor injuries in Monday's 4-2 win in Philadelphia.

Poti was whacked in the head by teammate Brooks Laich's stick in the third period and afterward said he had a headache. He did not skate this morning, but is "okay" according to Boudreau.

Green, meantime, also experienced an "issue" in third period. Boudreau said last night that it was a skate problem, but today Green skated on his own (without pads) this morning and looked a bit uncomfortable. He did not acknowledge that he was hurt, saying only, "I wouldn't miss it for the world. They would have to cut off one of my legs."

The "it", of course, is the Caps' sixth game 7 in franchise history, which will be tonight at Verizon Center. It's the team's first Game 7 since 1995 and first at home since 1992.

They're are 1-4 all-time in Game 7s, with the lone win coming in 1988 on an OT goal by Dale Hunter ... against -- who else? -- the Flyers. The league adopted the seven-game format in 1939, and since then 121 series have gone to Game 7, with the home team winning 77 times (64 percent).

"We've been in so many Game 7s in the last few months," Boudreau said. "It's [another] Game 7. We just have to do it. That's where our mentality has been for the past two months."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 22, 2008; 11:02 AM ET
 
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