Family issue sidelines Green

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WASHINGTON - Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green is expected to miss the next two games while dealing with a family issue.

The Post reported Monday that Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau expects Green, who is not with the club due to the death of his grandmother, to be ready to play in Florida this weekend.

Green was limited to less than three minutes of ice time in last Saturday's 6-0 home loss to the New York Rangers, forced to depart after Rangers forward Derek Stepan hit him in the jaw with an elbow.

It was the second time in three weeks the offensively-minded backliner was hit in the head. He had been felled by a puck to the side of his face shot by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik on February 6.

The 25-year-old has missed seven of Washington's last nine games because of the twin on-ice setbacks. He has been limited to eight goals and 24 points in 49 games this season.

Earlier Monday, on the NHL's trade deadline, the Caps picked up defenseman Dennis Wideman from the Panthers, and snagged Jason Arnott from the Devils.


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