Alexander Semin to return against Sharks, Mike Green's status uncertain
Mike Green took part in the Capitals' morning skate and said he felt good, but both he and Coach Bruce Boudreau are unsure if the defenseman will be in the lineup against the San Jose Sharks tonight at Verizon Center. Green was struck in the head, near his right ear, by a puck against Pittsburgh on Sunday and after the game said he had a headache and felt woozy, symptoms that when following a blow to the head are consistent with a concussion.
"I don't know yet, I have to talk with the trainers," Green said. "We'll see. I felt good on the ice and [I'll] see what they say. If it was serious I don't think I'd be out there today. It is what it is. I have to make sure I'm smart about it, obviously, but I feel good out there."
Said Boudreau: "I don't know if he's going to play. Yeah, he's feeling a lot better, which is a good thing. He's got to go through some tests and then we'll see how he feels tonight, after going through tests and after going through a practice and things. If there's any, any doubt at all, he's not going to play. If he's got the green light and he's 100 percent, we'll play him."
--In other news, Alexander Semin is expected to return to the lineup tonight after missing 12 games with a groin muscle injury. Semin, who recently signed a one-year extension worth $6.7 million, was on a 14-game goal-scoring drought before he took time off to heal. Boudreau said that was likely in part to the winger playing hurt several weeks prior to his absence.
"Let's give him credit here; he played hurt for three weeks," Boudureau said. "When he wasn't having success, that's when he decided to shut it down. In reality I think he got hurt at the beginning of December or the middle of December -- he just kept playing on it."
It appears Jay Beagle has been reassigned to Hershey as the forward was packing up his gear and sticks but did not skate this morning at KCI.
--Eric Fehr (shoulder) and D.J. King both took part in extra work with the Capitals' assistant coaches this morning after the main group was off the ice.
--Tom Poti (groin) took full part in the morning skate and stayed out for part of the extra session. He said he hopes to be practicing with the team on a regular basis going forward and travel to the West Coast for the upcoming road trip. "Yesterday and today was the hardest I've skated in a couple weeks, so we're just going day by day with it," Poti said.
During his time off, Poti said he went to Vancouver to see a specialist, who gave him more exercises and methods to strengthen the muscles in his leg. Despite the nagging injuries that have limited him to 21 games this season, Poti said he hasn't thought about shutting himself down or undergoing surgery.
"Not at all, not at this point," Poti said. "I hope I can get it healthy and hope I can get it right and back to where it needs to be to be myself again."
| February 8, 2011; 11:32 AM ET
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