Capitals Vs. Panthers: Mike Green Practices With Team For First Time Since Abdominal Surgery

BALLSTON, Va. - Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green joined the rest of his teammates for Wednesday's practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, which is the first time he has done so since undergoing abdominal surgery January 17.

Green, who has only appeared in 10 games this season with a myriad of injuries ranging from a twisted right ankle to a strained right groin muscle, took part in two lengthy workouts this week, including a 45-minute workout during Tuesday's optional skate. Afterwards, Green said that he felt really good and that he hasn't "felt like this for a long time." Wednesday, Green reiterated that sentiment.

"I've got to get my lungs back, but overall, I felt good," Green said. "Another day that’s in the right direction."

Neither Green nor head coach Dale Hunter would commit, however, to the former joining the Caps on their upcoming four-game road trip, which begins Friday against the Florida Panthers.

"I thought he looked pretty good," Hunter said. "He’s skating well. We worked him on the power play and he moved well up top, so he looks good, but we have to wait and see tomorrow."

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