On March 20, Mike Green sat in the visitors’ dressing room at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh after the Washington Capitals’ practice, insisting he was ready to play. He said he was ready to return from his latest malady — a nagging groin injury — stay in the lineup, and hopefully rediscover the form that made him one of the best offensive defensemen in the league earlier in his career.

“I feel like it’s hard to be productive when you’re in and out of the lineup and suffering injuries,” Green said then. “If I could just get a consistent game basis going here and really get back to the good feeling and the mojo that I feel I had, it’d be great. That’d be awesome.”

Establishing a rhythm has been something of a pipe dream for Green in recent seasons as injury followed injury and he missed 93 of 201 regular season games dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season. But since those comments after practice in Pittsburgh, Green has played in eight straight games, and there have been plenty of signs that the 27-year-old Calgary native is finding his mojo again.

Heading into Saturday’s game at the Florida Panthers, Green has scored five goals in the past four games. When that streak began in Buffalo the signs of a confident, resurgent top defenseman were undeniable.

Green wanted the puck in key situations, during critical offensive possessions, and called for it. Serving as the prime distributor on the point, he didn’t hesitate to shoot, whether trying to put the puck on net himself or aiming for a deflection or tip by one of his teammates.

After clanking a shot off the left post, Green told his teammates on the bench that he believed he could find a way to squeeze a shot past Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth blocker side. That’s precisely what he did with 32.9 seconds left in regulation that night to force overtime and help the Capitals capture a 4-3 win.

The next day in Philadelphia, Brooks Laich found Green in full flight coming out of the penalty box. On a breakaway a full stride ahead of anyone in an orange jersey, his shot was as perfectly placed — high blocker side — as it ever could be.