The hit that injuried Green. (Photo: Jamie Sabau)
Injuries could sink the Washington Capitals. Just as they started to bounce back from the seven game losing streak, three players have been forced from the lineup.
First, Mikhail Grabovski twisted his ankle when he was hauled down in the crease. There’s no timetable for his return and he isn’t traveling with the team.
Next, Mike Green got hit up high by Boone Jenner in the second period on Thursday. Green’s head was slammed violently into the end boards. He appeared shaken and didn’t return to the game. Green missed Friday’s contest in Detroit.
Finally, Brooks Laich was shut down in the third period on Friday after his groin “was getting a little tight,” according to head coach Adam Oates. That’s bad news for Brooks, who missed almost all of last season with the injury. The forward claimed they had finally found the cause, but after missed practices and now missed game time, that’s clearly not the case.
Green’s injury is potentially the most serious, as he has a history of concussions. His continued absence would be a massive hit to the already weak Capitals defense. After Friday’s game, Oates confirmed some people’s fears: Green might have concussion.
“We’re going through the process of testing him,” Oates said. “The normal tests.”
The injury, however, may not be serious. When asked if Green would return soon, Oates responded “hopefully, but no guarantees.”
The Caps can’t afford to lose anyone else.