On and off the ice, putting varying degrees of pressure on his injured right ankle, Mike Green doesn't look comfortable.

"It's just one of those things with the ankles and your skate," he said. "If I cant skate, I can't play."

Green's level of skating hasn't been consistent this week, and Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau ruled his All-Star defenseman out for Friday night's game at the Carolina Hurricanes. It would seem to be a stretch to think he could play Saturday night at the New York Islanders, either.