Mike Green says he's 'ready to go'

Defenseman Mike Green, who has been sidelined by a concussion, is expected to return to the Capitals' lineup Saturday for the team's last regular-season game, according to a report in The Washington Post.

"He's ready to play and, I mean, he's been symptom-free for three weeks-plus," coach Bruce Boudreau said, according to the newspaper. "It's just we're trying to be as cautious as we can with things, just as other people are with guys that they have concussions and could probably play, but they want to make 100 percent sure. We feel he'll be good to go on Saturday."

That means
Green will not play Wednesday night against the Florida Panthers.

Green has not played since Feb. 25, after taking an elbow to the head from Rangers forward Derek Stepan.

Earlier in February, Green also took a puck to the head -- a Brooks Orpik shot to the ear -- in a win over Pittsburgh.

Green, who has been skating for a while, told the paper he was "100 percent ready to go" after participating in the Capitals' optional skate Wednesday morning.

"I've been ready for a while," Green told The Post. TThey've been cautious and getting ready to put me back in the lineup when they're ready. It's been up to them, not me."

Green's return comes at a good time, because Washington is still without defenseman Dennis Wideman, who is reportedly out with a hematoma in his right leg.

The Capitals acquired Wideman at the trade deadline to help them deal with injuries to Green and Tom Poti.

Poti has been out since Jan. 12 with a groin injury and will not play the final two games of the regular season.

The Capitals are in first place in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers.