Defenceman Mike Green rejoins Capitals lineup after missing 18 games

TAMPA, Fla. – Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green is back after missing 18 games because of an abdominal injury.

Green was in the lineup Saturday night against Tampa Bay. It was just the 11th game he played in this season.

Green, who had abdominal surgery last month, was sidelined early in the season by a sprained right ankle and then injured his groin in early November.

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Green emerged as one of the NHL’s top defencemen from 2007-10, but he has been hampered by injuries the last two seasons.