There is nothing funny to say today.
Mike Green is hurt. A “lower body injury” kept him out of last night’s 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers. It likely happened late in the Valentine’s Day victory over the Tampa Bay.
By then I’d already eaten all the chocolate and drank all the wine I would’ve used to drown my feelings.
Be honest, 14 games was a long time for Mike to play without getting hurt.
The Caps next game isn’t until Thursday, at home vs. NJ, and Coach Oates has said he hopes Mike will be back in that lineup. They won’t comment on the nature of the injury. It’s extra-scary because of the groin problem that plagued Mike last year and resulted in sports hernia surgery.
Mike’s having a solid season – 2G/5A and 7th overall in the NHL for ice time, averaging 26:33/game. He’s been one of the Caps best players… which isn’t saying much, mind. The least brown banana. But desperate times call for desperately clinging to shreds of formerly glorious hopes.
The Caps had won 3 straight prior to last night – scoring 15 goals in the process and leaving us all shouting, “Wings! Pizza! Don’t use them all up now!”
They managed to climb out of last in the NHL rankings. A little hot streak now could distance them from some of these teams and really get them moving up the standings.
It’s worth nothing the Southeast Division has the League’s lowest win totals. Carolina leads with 17 points. That can/will help the Caps as their play hopefully continues to improve. NJ is the most frustrating team in hockey to play (or watch someone play) against, so Thursday will be a real test.
Let’s hope it includes Mike back on the blueline.