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Green 'Questionable' For Tonight

Defenseman Mike Green is questionable for tonight's game in Atlanta, Coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed moments ago. Boudreau said he's got a "touch of the flu." The flu, it seems, is a common ailment this time of the year in the NHL.

Green will take the warmup, and if he can't go, Brian Pothier will make his return to the NHL.

Boudreau also said that Sergei Fedorov will miss his third game tonight. Fedorov has mostly recovered from the flu-like symptoms that kept him out of the previous two games, Boudreau said, but the 39-year-old center still needs to get his energy level back up.

I'll post a lineup during warmups.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 16, 2009; 5:13 PM ET
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Having the flu run through the team with 3 games in 4 nights and 4 in 6 is not a good thing

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | March 16, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Better now than say late April or mid May though.

Posted by: WVPhil | March 16, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping Pothier gets to play regardless of if Green goes or not. It is a heck of a story for the national TV game.

Posted by: lornemyoung | March 16, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh ugh. Poor Mike! :-( I hope he stays home and doesn't pass it along to anyone *else* on the team, though; that's not cool.

I, too, hope Pothier gets to play tonight. That IS a great story! :-)

Posted by: irockthered | March 16, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I had the most aweful flu of my life last week and still trying to get over it. I think the strains are getting worse due to the "flu shot."

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 16, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

From previous post, I like to think those that can accept logic are the ones who will able to understand logic.

I am getting too deep for my own good now.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | March 16, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh no, not the manflu! Feel better, Mike! And let's hope the rest of the guys have stocked up on Emergen-C or whatever the heck that stuff is.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 16, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Quarantine the both of 'em! We need the rest of the boys to stay healthy!

Posted by: RtR52 | March 16, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping Pothier gets to go tonight no matter what. He deserves it.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 16, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Could be worse, I read about a Western Hockey League team that had to postpone two games because, as the GM put it, they couldn't "ice a team". Seems they had some bad food and were all suffering from food poisoning. Man that would make for a long bus ride home from a road game.

Posted by: TheCapitalist1 | March 16, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

that might mean pothier plays huge minutes instead of easing back into the line up

Posted by: am_jim | March 16, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse


I had that last week too. It was the worse I ever had. Not sure if it's just me getting older or this year's flu being just really bad.

lol @ jmu and the "man-flu" :D

Posted by: mauree | March 16, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

oh yeah, and some rest for Green will do him good. Anybody else excited to see Pothier tonight?

Posted by: mauree | March 16, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Feel better, Mike!

C'mon, Brian! Yes, you CAN! =)

Go Caps.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 16, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Varly please.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 16, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Spokane Chiefs got a case of food poisoning. Tough to play with that. Tough to do anything with that other than...

Posted by: Greg S. | March 16, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see the lineups earlier, maybe it is not possible. I hope Fehr has a big game, need some secondary scoring.

Posted by: Freez | March 16, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Flu that a banned substance?

Posted by: D87DG | March 16, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Don't these people get flu shots?? Christ.

Posted by: Caps1Fan | March 16, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

@Greg S

other than... ?

Posted by: mauree | March 16, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

While the flu isnt good, Im sure other bumps and bruises can heal as well during that time.

Guys always play through pain,but the flu can make them shut it down for a few which may be needed.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 16, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, the flu has been running through this team for a few weeks. Mike Green makes the fourth Cap to suffer from it. Others include Theodore, Erskine and Fedorov. Perhaps that could, in part, explain our lackluster play the week before last?

Posted by: Terptwin | March 16, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse


They come out for the structured skate (at least at Verizon) at about 6:30pm - or 30 minutes early. There's some stretching, cheering, shooting, goalie-ing, etc. before they run what looks like a three-man weave in basketball at about the 15-minute mark (do they call it same thing in hockey?) That's the first time you see the lines together - in the weave - along with the d pairings. BB won't reveal the lines, nor will any one else based on BB paying attention to only the oppositions weave during this period.

Posted by: saintex | March 16, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I remember a number of years ago when Peter Bondra missed something 2-3 months with the flu.

GMGM is well known for lying about injuries. I don't believe for a second that the flu bug is making its way through the team.

Posted by: CapsNut | March 16, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

"flu" is a common word covering most any viral or bacterial infection involving fever, cough, runny nose or general body aches. Rarely is the "flu" actually "influenza". The shots are intended to increase the resistance to one prevailing strain of influenza, that won't prevent bad colds or other strains of influenza or bacterial infections (pneumonia). when someone says "a touch of the flu" it most likely represents a type of rhinovirus (cold) infection.

Posted by: WhyGo | March 16, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

more likely he has the 'brew flu', eh?

or just a way to make room for Pothier for one game to see if he can fit into Greens spot.

or maybe Green has the flu.

When is gametime again?

Posted by: WhyGo | March 16, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

get well soon, mikey!

Posted by: spinner-33 | March 16, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

and fedorov too! =D

Posted by: spinner-33 | March 16, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

might as well add Clark and Johnson, too.

Posted by: WhyGo | March 16, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

oh yeah, and some rest for Green will do him good. Anybody else excited to see Pothier tonight?

Posted by: mauree | March 16, 2009 5:46 PM

no :)

glad he's feeling better after his concussion episode but i was never thrilled to see him play when he was healthy either.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 16, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Not good news -- Green having the flu. Probably not feasible to quarantine him (and Federov), especially with a road trip. Will we next hear of Backstrom (his roomie) getting ill (not to mention Semin and Ovi)?

Anyway, get well, Mike. Oddly enough, there already were reports of Green being ill on Saturday which is probably why he was likely playing with less energy than usual.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 16, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I love it when people choose to doubt what's being said and choose to believe a conspiracy theory. Green, for all intents and purposes, is sick. Geez, give it a rest. You're probably the same people who believe we're being kidnapped by aliens for observation.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 16, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Better for the flu to run thru the team now, than during the playoffs.

Posted by: dezlboy1 | March 16, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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