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Shut Down Dman Mike Green

from Katie Carera of Capitals Insider,

Without Tom Poti in the lineup Monday against the Senators there was a considerable chunk of even strength and penalty killing minutes to be picked up by someone, or a combination of someones on the Capitals roster. Throughout the Capitals 3-2 overtime win, that responsibility fell largely to Mike Green, who played a game-high 31 minutes and 53 seconds—many of which came against Ottawa’s primary offensive threats.

While Green may have just one point through three games this season, the two-time Norris Trophy candidate’s defensive contributions have been very visible. In three games, he has a plus-4 rating, eight hits and has blocked seven shots and just been reliable in his own end.

“Me and [Jeff Schultz] have our agendas and that’s to shut down their [No.] 1 line,” Green said.


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landsharkhockey's avatar

It’s amazing how everyone gets on Green for being a defensive liability, yet he was a +39 last season and +24 the year before.  Sure the stat is practically meaningless in most cases, but it shows he adds far more than he takes away.

Posted by landsharkhockey on 10/12/10 at 11:13 AM ET


No doubt he is a good offensive d-man, the problem with most fans, me included, is when he is considered in the Norris talk.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 10/12/10 at 11:21 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Posted by landsharkhockey on 10/12/10 at 09:13 AM ET

Just how good defensively was Paul Coffey?

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 10/12/10 at 11:37 AM ET


It’s hard to give Green too much credit for his +/- figures, considering he’s sharing his ice time with the likes of Ovechkin and Backstrom. I’m sure you could throw just about any decent to good offensive defenseman—say, John-Michael Liles—and he’d put up gaudy plus-minus numbers as well, though perhaps not quite as impressive as Green.

In all honesty, I wouldn’t say Green is a defensive “liability,” per se, but by no means has he proven himself better-than-average in his own zone. He might be the best offensive dman in hockey (and I do mean “might”; I want to see what kind of numbers he could put up on, say, Florida), but until he becomes an elite defensive dman as well, there are probably around 15 to 20 defensemen I’d rather have on my team. Which is why Green should never, ever win the Norris, unless and until he proves himself a great defender, too.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 10/12/10 at 12:28 PM ET


Sure the stat is practically meaningless in most cases, but it shows he adds far more than he takes away.

If it’s meaningless then how does it show anything?

Posted by Garth on 10/12/10 at 12:47 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Oooh, wow.  He shut down OTT’s scoring threats?  That would be… who exactly?  OTT doesn’t exactly have offensive threats like they use to.  The days of rolling 3 scoring lines in OTT are long, long gone.  Now they’re lucky if they can cobble even 1 scoring line together.

Wake me when Green does something to shut down a team with actual firepower.

Posted by Primis on 10/12/10 at 01:17 PM ET

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