Mike Green is not on the trip to Winnipeg. Such a shocker.
Mike Green will miss the game tomorrow because of an aggravation to his groin injury. Green has missed three game this season due to the groin injury and now will miss Saturday, with no mention of when he may return.
The missed injury time is sure to aggravate the Caps fan base as well. It has this writer. Since Green played a full slate of 82 games in the 2007-08 season, he has not played a full slate since. More alarming is that he is missing more and more games in progression. After the 2007-08 season, Green played in 75 games the next season. From there, it plummets. In 201-11, Green missed almost half the season, managing to play in 49 games. Last season, he missed more than half, playing in just 32 games.
Furthermore, with his missing games, his production has evaporated. Since Green's hall mark season of 2008-09 where he put up 31 goals and 73 points, the Caps did have not even come close to that kind of production from him since. In 81 games played between 2010 and 2012, two season, Green has provided just 8 goals and 20 assists.
It seems the hey day of the Mike Green era has virtually dissipated to mediocrity. The Caps signed Green to a three year extension for over $ 18 million in July of 2012. He hardly deserved that contract, considering his inability to stay healthy and his complete lack of production over the past two seasons.
As for the Winnipeg game, Braden Holtby will make the start for the Caps.