Green will be out 3-to-5 weeks with a lower-body injury, per Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill. Green is suspected to be dealing with an ankle injury, but the team is being more generic with the designation for the time being. Either way, the defenseman is facing a long-term absence and Filip Hronek is on his way from AHL Grand Rapids to fill the void.
Green (ankle) was held out of practice Thursday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Green reportedly sustained his injury in Monday's game against the Kings, and he didn't see his usual allotment of minutes (15:46) in Tuesday's 6-2 road loss to the Capitals -- his former team. He should be considered questionable to play Friday night in a home clash with the Senators.
Green picked up two assists while adding four shots, three hits, two PIM and a plus-3 rating in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Blues. After missing the first nine games of the season due to issues with his liver, Green has been more than making up for lost time. The 33-year-old now has two goals and 13 points in 16 games with a plus-9 rating, a vast improvement on the combined minus-34 he registered over the last two campaigns with Detroit. With the Wings overall playing a more competitive brand of hockey this year, their top blueliner might well be able to stay in the black on the defensive end.
Green is not likely to be traded by the Red Wings this season, Max Bultman of The Athletic reports. The Red Wings think highly of Green and he's been an excellent mentor for Detroit's fresh crop of blueliners, including Dennis Cholowski, who was taken 20th overall in the 2016 draft. Green's career odometer will roll over to 800 games Friday -- coincidentally, he'll oppose his former Capitals team in D.C. -- with the veteran accumulating 143 goals and 330 assists at the top level. There's always a market for a proven puck-moving defenseman, but despite plenty of opportunities for Green to move away from Motown, he hasn't budged.
Green scored his first goal of the season to complement a pair of assists in Tuesday's 6-1 home win over the Coyotes. Green earned the game's first star for his terrific all-around display against the Coyotes. He's gathered one goal and six helpers over nine games following his return from a liver-attacking virus, so try not to undersell the veteran in fantasy as he looks to help the Wings to their fifth consecutive victory in Thursday's road tilt opposing the Senators.
Last 7 Games
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