Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom cleared the final hurdle in his recovery from a concussion Tuesday when he passed his baseline test with flying colors, according to general manager George McPhee.
After most of the Capitals had retreated to the dressing room following Mondays practice center Nicklas Backstrom stayed on the ice and asked teammate Jay Beagle to give him a bump.
As the Capitals prepared for their biggest game of the season Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres, more encouraging news came out of the trainers room.
Braden Holtby is in and Alex Semin is out.
Holtby led the Capitals onto the ice for warmups tonight in Philadelphia, a sure sign hell get his second consecutive start between the pipes.
This will not come as a surprise to any of you, but this is going to be one crazy race in the Southeast Division and in the Eastern Conference.