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Posted at 4:39 PM ET, 02/ 7/2011

Mike Green will likely miss Tuesday's game with concussion symptoms

By Katie Carrera

Capitals head trainer Greg Smith assists defenseman Mike Green, who was struck in the head with a slap shot Sunday and did not play the final 40 minutes against Pittsburgh. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)


Mike Green will likely miss the Capitals' game against the San Jose Sharks Tuesday at Verizon Center after he was struck by a puck near his right ear and temple area on Sunday against the Penguins. The defenseman, who was hit by a slap shot in the first period of Washington's 3-0 win and required multiple rows of stitches to close a cut on the side of his head, cited wooziness and headaches -- symptoms that are consistent with a concussion -- when he talked to reporters after suffering the injury.

Green was held out of practice Monday for precautionary reasons, Coach Bruce Boudreau said, adding that Green would be re-evaluated on Tuesday. Given that the Capitals have three days off following the game against San Jose, there would be little reason to rush him back when the alternative is multiple days of rest. Also, when players do not practice the day before a game, they generally will not take part in the upcoming contest.

Protocol for the treatment of concussions in the NHL is that a player must first be symptom free while at rest and symptom free during exercise and other physical exertion. Then the player must undergo neuropsychological testing, and if the results of the evaluation determine there are no abnormalities, the player is eligible to return to play.

Concussions, which are defined by the Center of Disease Control as traumatic brain injuries caused by a blow to the head that can change the normal function of the brain, have been a hot-button topic for the NHL and other professional sports leagues over the past several years. The debate over how to best protect NHL players heated up again this season after Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby sustained a concussion in early January.

At the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in January, Commissioner Gary Bettman said that a preliminary study by the league and players' union showed that concussions are on the rise, particularly those of an inadvertent or accidental nature like concussions suffered after being hit by a puck.

By Katie Carrera  | February 7, 2011; 4:39 PM ET
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i'm surprised no one has called green 'soft' for not being at practice.
he needs a modified helmet to help protect his melon. get well soon greenie.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 7, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Good luck to Mike. That was a wicked shot. I also don't think he can fly until symptom free.

On another subject, I just noticed 10 of last 28 for Caps are vs the Western Conf. Often the Caps struggle against the West.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 7, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Too bad because Greenie has been playing great as a #3 defenseman for the Caps!

I really like his defensive work and his outlet passes...

Get well soon!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 7, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Often the Caps struggle against the West.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 7, 2011 4:56 PM

not with their new D first 'system' they won't (with lots of sarcasm)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 7, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Get well soon, Mike. Your health is #1. Take whatever time you need to heal. The Caps will still be playing when you return.

Posted by: Terptwin | February 7, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Was there ever a report on here why McPhee stormed out of the locker room?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 7, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

THE SCENE:
ALL-VALLEY KARATE TOURNAMENT, 1984

KREESE: "Sweep The Leg"
BOBBY BROWN: "But Sensei...I'd get disqualified!"
KREESE: "I said sweep the leg. Do you have a problem with that?"
BOBBY BROWN: "No, Sensei"

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 7, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1, I noticed that about the Western Conference teams. Clearly a concern, but if the Caps can keep up the workmanlike effort, one game at a time, one shift at a time, then this is a very nice opportunity.

It starts tomorrow night, and the Caps do not want to experience a let down to live with the next 4 days until the next game v. the Kings.

Posted by: Justafan | February 7, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

#1,2,3, etc. Doesn't matter who starts, it's who finishes & Greenie has been out there finishing.

Posted by: Rocc00 | February 7, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Was there ever a report on here why McPhee stormed out of the locker room?
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I don't think so. How about it Katie?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 7, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't a huge fan of Greenie after last year's playoffs but he's developed into a well-rounded defenseman who is good on both ends. He's better than anyone on our roster, although Carlsson is 5 years younger and still developing. It's pretty safe to say he's the guy the Caps want on the ice on the PP and other key situations.

Take some time off Greenie to become symptom-free before trying to play again. We don't need another situation like Crosby where another hit results in a being out for an extended period of time.

Posted by: wizfan89 | February 7, 2011 7:07 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1, I noticed that about the Western Conference teams. Clearly a concern, but if the Caps can keep up the workmanlike effort, one game at a time, one shift at a time, then this is a very nice opportunity.

It starts tomorrow night, and the Caps do not want to experience a let down to live with the next 4 days until the next game v. the Kings.

Posted by: Justafan | February 7, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

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Are we buying in that the western teams are that much better than the eastern this year?...take a close look at the standings and the inter conference records.

In goals against - besides Vancouver and Nashville most of those teams are not playing as tight as 6 eastern teams including the Caps.

Teams like Carolina have gone 8-2 against the west so far this year.

In the west several teams are bunched up just outside the playoffs, but after Vanacouver and Detroit (Red Wings who are playing almost exactly like the Caps - struggling some and inconsistent scoring) the rest are already over the 20 loss mark already. The west`s worst teams might not be as bad as Ottawa and the Islanders but I think only one team - Vancouver - has shown the ability to beat any team on any night consistently.

Perhaps the western teams are as a group very average except for Vancouver - while Philly, Boston and TB and the top 6 in east are really that much better than the also rans in the east.

I particularly am intrigued by how Dallas looks so good - and the Kings look weak in the west. Coming into the season the Kings were a way deeper team, but they are either really underachieving or just not as good as we thought.

We knew Chicago would have issues with all the changeover, but Atlanta would look pretty good playing over there right now...they look just like a roster of a western team. I fear they are not getting back into this eastern race now because the top 8 are getting points at a much higher rate.

Just a thought - I don`t think the best teams in the west are on the whole as good as they were last year.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | February 7, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Hope Green gets better soon. The new power play unit with Green and Carlson at the point and Ovie down low is creating chances. I think that is where Alex needs to be, down low using his size, strength, and quick shot to maximum advantage

Posted by: SeattleRob | February 7, 2011 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Pittsburgh is in deep trouble. Malkin out for the year, Crosby until March. There is a VERY GOOD chance we will be playing them in round 1.

We need to take advantage of this. We need to show some killer instinct as an organization for once. McPhee needs to be very aggressive this deadline.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 7, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I like the Kings and Caps so hopefully Green is back for Saturday's game. Then I guess I'll take a Kings win in OT because they need to points a little more...being in the midst of a ten game road trip and all. :)

Hope the Caps can get healthy soon though and roll on down the stretch!

Posted by: summitwalker | February 7, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Green is a franchise player. He is not the number three defenseman on this team. He is number 1. Look at his TOI. It is darn near the top in the whole NHL. Notice Pittsburgh on 24/7 talking about hitting Green. You Green haters do not understand hockey if you think he is the number three D on this team. Nominated twice for the Norris. All year he has been the best two way player on this team. Allstar D this year. Next thing you know he will win the Norris and people will talk about trading him. Just nuts. He has not even peaked as a defenseman.

Posted by: pkme | February 7, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

IMO, Green misses 1 game. He isn't a complaining baby like Crysby. No reason to rush him back when the Caps have 3 days off after tomorrow.
That was a scary play, I'm glad he wasn't seriously hurt.

Posted by: chriscaps | February 7, 2011 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Green is a franchise player. He is not the number three defenseman on this team. He is number 1.
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NOPE, he IS the number 3 D on this team. Even BB has recognized that and they're better for it.

Who does BB put out there against the number one line on the other team??? That's right it's those two rookies.

Posted by: joek443 | February 7, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

joek443: I'm going to beg to differ slightly. Green is our #1 overall defenseman.

Most times, it's unwise to have one player as #1 offensive and defensive defenseman, although Bourque and Pronger have managed it.

So BB is wisely (eek, hard to say that) giving other players the top D minutes so Green doesn't wind up with 30 mins/game.

One thing BB hasn't done, which he could, is leave Green paired with Hannan. If he did, I believe 23/52 would be a better D pair than 27/74.

In my opinion, the one who has really stepped up on the 27/74 pair is Alzner. I'm hoping we're witnessing the reincarnation of Calle Johansson there.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 7, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse

In my opinion, the one who has really stepped up on the 27/74 pair is Alzner. I'm hoping we're witnessing the reincarnation of Calle Johansson there.
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I think the difference between 74 and 52 is what's between their ears.

One plays with absolutely NO fear and we all know which one that is. To me that's what makes 74 number one D on this team even if he's just a rookie.

Posted by: joek443 | February 7, 2011 9:37 PM | Report abuse

52 has played really well this season and I think the biggest reason is BB has taken the pressure of playing against the number one lines off him.

Posted by: joek443 | February 7, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Again, Green is #3 on the team.

But that is fine. He is still one of our 2 goto guys on the Power Play and this new role has made him more effective on Defense.

But it is well documented, Carlson and Alzner play 1 and 2, and a lot on PK...and mostly against everyone's top line.

I am totally not saying we do not need Green, because we do.

But the defense was just as solid if not better in period 2 and 3 yesterday.

Green has a great role as #3, less pressure, which ONLY means he is going to bust out and have a great post-season...something he has NEVER had!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 7, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

joe

I have read your posts and believe you to be knowledgeable about hockey except when talking about Green. I would agree with you but that would make both of us wrong. Alzner and Carlson are not better hockey players than Green or Hannan. Always look at the minutes played. They could be one day and they do so some nice things and have some great talent. Regardless the Caps defense is a great improvement this year and continues to evolve. I think that does have a lot to do with Green being commited to two way hockey and the addition of Carlson and Alzner as a duo. They are number one pairing because of their great chemistry. Also I agree with the other guy who said Alzner seems more consistant than Carlson.

Posted by: pkme | February 7, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I agree about keeping 23/52 together, they worked really well with eachother!

27/74 is playing really well, IMO much thanks to Alzner recently!

We need to dump Poti, i read somewhere that the rags are looking for a veteran puckmoving D. Trade him for signed photo of Lundqvist.

I then think we should go after Jan Hejda of the Blue Jackets. He's 6'4" & 237 lb, can log big minutes, hits, blocks shots, PK's, has a caphit of 2 mil, UFA after the season.
Pair him up with Erskine and keep #55 in the boxseat in case of an injury

Posted by: Walle | February 7, 2011 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I think that does have a lot to do with Green being commited to two way hockey and the addition of Carlson and Alzner as a duo. They are number one pairing because of their great chemistry.
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I'm not talking about anyone's commitment to play two way hockey. I'm talking about handling the pressure of being the top dog and of playing against the best of the opposition.

Alzner has played much more confidence this season. Carlson has had that confidence from Day 1.

How long has Green been with this team? Let's some players have it and some never have it.

Again I reiterate, BB has those two rookies playing against the best lines on the opposition because he has already seen what 52 has been able to do since he's been here. And he wants to keep his job.

Posted by: joek443 | February 7, 2011 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I think that does have a lot to do with Green being commited to two way hockey and the addition of Carlson and Alzner as a duo. They are number one pairing because of their great chemistry.
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I'm not talking about anyone's commitment to play two way hockey. I'm talking about handling the pressure of being the top dog and of playing against the best of the opposition.

Alzner has played much more confidence this season. Carlson has had that confidence from Day 1.

How long has Green been with this team? Let's face it, some players have it and some never have it.

Again I reiterate, BB has those two rookies playing against the best lines on the opposition because he has already seen what 52 has been able to do since he's been here. And he wants to keep his job.

Posted by: joek443 | February 7, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

joe,

I understand kind of where you are coming from however neither Alzner or Carlson could hang with Green on pure and raw hockey talent. Keep in mind that Schultz has not had a very good year and this is probably a reflection of that pairing being first billing. I mean this in a fun spirted way but I get the feeling you might have been one of those fans who hooted and booed Hatcher and Murphy. Green is a franchise player. I think he has gotten much smarter and he is only what 24-25. If Alzner or Carlson are nominated twice for the Norris by 24 then I will eat my words. Yes I am a big fan of Carlson and Alzner and I think they will be great talents with all of that being said.

Posted by: pkme | February 7, 2011 11:10 PM | Report abuse

pkme: I would never have booed Larry Murphy myself. However, once Stevens left, I was never much of a fan of Hatcher on D. OK, he got 34 goals one year. He was a great offensive defenseman, but always out of position in his own zone (Everytime the other team scored, I would immediately look to see if Hatcher was out there and how far away from his position he was). Needless to say, it was a great day for me when Hatcher got sent off for Tinordi.

As I said, other teams were constantly scoring from our right post because Hatcher was along the boards chcking a player who wasn't in the play.

That said, I agree with you on Green. For two years here I have barked about his D zone minutes being cut, and finally they are.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 7, 2011 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I get the feeling you might have been one of those fans who hooted and booed Hatcher and Murphy. Green is a franchise player. I think he has gotten much smarter and he is only what 24-25.
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1. Don't ever confuse me with those people because I absolutely DESPISE them.

2. That being said neither Hatcher nor Murphy was ever a number one D-man on any team. Well Hatcher was with this team after Langway and Stevens were gone but by that time he stopped being the "hatchet" man.

Murphy is a HOFer but he NEVER was a number one d-man on any team he played for.

3. The questions I ask when talking about number one d-man on any team are these:

Would you have him play against the top lines on the opposition?

Is he the guy you want on the ice when you're up by a goal with a minute to go in the game?

Posted by: joek443 | February 7, 2011 11:29 PM | Report abuse

As much as 52 has improved this season, I would much rather have 74/27 on the ice in either of those situations.

Posted by: joek443 | February 7, 2011 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Green is a franchise player.
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That's a slight exaggeration to say the least. "Franchise" players don't get picked in late first rounds in this sport.

Posted by: joek443 | February 7, 2011 11:38 PM | Report abuse

@capt kirk

Your post is dripping with sarcasm about our complaints about the softness of this team. Cooke knee/knees your shot at the Cup, and Sarge hits him in the leg with a stick. Sarge should have come after Cooke like Backy did. I have so much more respect for Backy now that I see that he actually will stick his nose into the mud for his buddy.

Buf runs our goalie and Stecks gives him a "love tap" and falls down in the process.

Cooke knees Ovi and a Swede has to put a fist in Cooke's face. Sarge should have stuck his stick down Cooke's throat.

These two guys are giants, but they play like Montgomery Mites. This team reeks of softness. If you can't fight the guy, at least stick your gloves and stick butt in his face like Little Dale Hunter used to do so well. Jeeeez !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 7, 2011 11:40 PM | Report abuse

@pkme
@tominALLRAINcali

I don't care what the HOF thinks. Hatcher just was not that good. Always out of position from what I remember. Murphy got a raw deal from the fans. The fans got a raw deal from Abe on Stevens.

Tinordi was a beast ! Would have much rather had him than Hatch or his Brother. Oh well, had him long enough to at least smell "that big ugly punch bowl". We need another "Tinodi type" guy. Cstanton is right on that one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 7, 2011 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Green is a franchise player.
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That's a slight exaggeration to say the least. "Franchise" players don't get picked in late first rounds in this sport.

Posted by: joek443 | February 7, 2011 11:38 PM

Are you ready to rumble with some facts. Here are a few late round selections some who were so far removed the first round it is not even funny. Yes I know Fedrov and the whole trying to get out of Russia thing but still. How about the others. These are just the ones I can think of. Trottier, Sakic, Fedrov, Langway (Yes stay at home franchise D) Datsuk and Lidstrom.

On another note does anyone remember Greg Jolly. Heck the Caps thought he would be better than Mike Bossy.


Posted by: pkme | February 8, 2011 12:05 AM | Report abuse

You can't be a "franchise" player if you're not even the best player on your team.

To me the most important player on those Islander teams was Denis Potvin.

Yes, Sakic was a franchise player but he was picked 15th outta 21. Green was picked 29th outta 30.

You can certainly make a case for Langway and Lidstrom.

I've always said that if Green can be the next Brian Leetch, I can live with that. I can certainly see Carlson being the next captain of this team. I don't think I can say the same about 52.

Posted by: joek443 | February 8, 2011 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Joe

My list refutes your arguement.

Messier 48th overall
Kurri 69th overall
Brett Hill 117th overall
Patrick Roy 51st overall

Also a player I hated but respected immensely was Tim Kerr of the Flyers. At the time he was a force to be reckoned with and the best Flyer and one of the best in the whole NHL. He was undrafted. Injuries really cut his career short.

Posted by: pkme | February 8, 2011 12:41 AM | Report abuse

a few other who were late round picks which I would define as franchise players.

Paul Statsny 44th pick/ His old man was undrafted btw. Old man was one of the all time greats.

Chris Celios I would have considered a franchise player looking at his full body of work. He was taken 40th.

Shea Weber who is one of my favorite Defenseman is certainly one of the best and was selected 40th overall.

Getlaff and Perry of Anaheim could be tagged franchise players and they were later part of first round.

Mike Richards in IMO is the best all around Flyer and of course he was taken late first round.

Posted by: pkme | February 8, 2011 12:56 AM | Report abuse

I meant Brett Hull not Hill. Typo.

Posted by: pkme | February 8, 2011 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Green is a franchise player.
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That's a slight exaggeration to say the least. "Franchise" players don't get picked in late first rounds in this sport.

Posted by: joek443
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so what do you call Datsyuk (6th round), Zetterberg (7th) and Lidstrom (3rd) if they aren't franchise players??? ... supporting cast!

sorry but not an intelligent statement man!

Posted by: FrankM73 | February 8, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Frank,

Thank you for realizing that and confirming the facts. it is astounding how many of the greatest players in the NHL were taken in later rounds in the last 35 years. Of course I was looking up Bobby Orr and It did not look like he was drafted. I know the system was different in the 60's and part of the early 70s . Teams had some sort of territory rights system. I need to do more research on this topic. Teams like the HABS were so great but that is because they had first right on every player coming out of French Canada. How about Brett Hull being the 117th pick? Mcphee always talks about how great his first rounds picks are. I say find that diamond in the ruff and I will be more impressed.

Posted by: pkme | February 8, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm really surprised this is a game time decision, sit Green tonight and even Saturday and have him ready for the west coast trip. Gives him a full week to rest and be clear in the head, gets Sloan a couple games to be active again.

Posted by: BBDwrestling | February 8, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

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