Ready to show their new defensive-minded approach in the playoffs, the Capitals are closer to being full strength on the back line.
Coach Bruce Boudreau addressed injured defenseman Mike Green's status for Game 1 on Wednesday. The All-Star has been out of the lineup for Washington since suffering a concussion on Feb. 25 against the same Rangers that are up next.
"He's ready for game one."
Clearly good news. Green's numbers offensively were down this season -- as were pretty much all of the Capitals' -- but he's a key cog on the power play and has shown better play in the back.
Philadelphia is in wait-and-see mode on the status of Chris Pronger.
Despite reports of him taking part in the team's activities, coach Peter Laviolette said Pronger did not practice.
"It's hard to say that we're preparing as if Pronger were in there for Game 1, because he wasn't out there today," Laviolette said.
The word from general manager Paul Holmgren is that Pronger right now is day to day.
His return would be more than welcome. Since being sidelined with a broken hand, the Flyers have won just six of the 16 games they played.
In other playoff injury news:
• It's worth keeping an eye on Francois Beauchemin for the Ducks, who sat out Monday's workout according to Eric Stephens of the OC Register . It seems to be just precautionary and he is expected to be back on Tuesday.