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Washington Capitals Injuries: Mike Green Will Not Play Against The Penguins

The long road back for Mike Green continues, and he appears to be getting a little bit closer to returning to the Capitals lineup. He will not be playing the game against the Penguins tonight, but he will undergo what Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau referred to as a "tough skate."

Mike Green won't play against the Penguins, Boudreau said, but he will go through a tough skate this morning. #capsless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

It obviously isn't a good thing that Green will be missing the game tonight, but everything we've heard indicates that he is starting to make progress towards a return. The Caps are notoriously vague with their injury reports, so we don't really know for sure, but it sounds like the team is having him go through tougher and tougher workouts as the days progress.

If he responds well to this tough skate, it will be another step forward in his rehab, and he will inch closer to a return to the starting lineup.