Originally written on Rock the Red  |  Last updated 11/20/14

NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals skates against the New York Rangers during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 22, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Capitals 2-1 and lead the series 3 games to 1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals annoucned Monday that All-Star defenseman Mike Green, who has missed 33 of the team's 43 games this season, will be out four-to-six weeks as he undergoes abdominal surgery.

Green, who has been out for the majority of the last three months with a groin injury, has led the Capitals to a 9-1-0 record while he is in the lineup.  Washington placed him on long-term injured reserve earlier in the week, which would have meant that the earliest he could re-join the team was February 1st.  He will not be able to play now for at least two weeks beyond that, and probably much longer.

The abdominal surgery does have the goal of fixing Green's groin problem; this is not believed to be a surgery that is the direct result of a new injury.

The Calgary, Alberta native has three goals and three assists in his ten games this year.

Harry Hawkings is a college student who covers the Caps for RtR.  You can follow him on Twitter here and get his practice and game updates.

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