Green will miss his 20th straight game after leaving February 25's 6-0 loss to the New York Rangers when he took a Derek Stepan elbow to the head. Green, already suffering from a head injury courtesy of a puck to the head February 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, has been skating symptom-free for about three weeks.
It seems almost certain that Green should return next week for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. His return could not come at a better time, considering that fellow defenseman Dennis Wideman will probably miss the first round with a hematoma in his right leg. The Caps, however, haven't played poorly without Green, as they sport a 16-2-1 record in his absence and clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference Friday when the Philadelphia Flyers lost in overtime to the Buffalo Sabres.