Jason Chimera and Nicklas Backstrom are expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night at Verizon Center when the Capitals face Alex Semin and the Carolina Hurricanes.
Chimera, who has been playing on a top line with Alex Ovechkin and Mike Ribeiro, left Monday’s practice with a lower body injury but was back on the ice for Tuesday’s morning skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and told reporters he plans on playing tonight.
Backstrom stayed home Monday with some type of stomach ailment but also participated in Tuesday’s skate and said he hoped to play.
With the availability of Backstrom and Chimera in doubt the Capitals recalled forward Casey Wellman from the Hershey Bears.
Wellman, 25, has 10 goals and 24 assists in 48 games with Hershey and San Antonio of the AHL this season. He skated with the Caps at their morning skate on Tuesday and was given No. 48.
Wellman has three goals and eight assists in 11 games with Hershey since being acquired from Florida for Zach Hamill on Jan. 31.
In 41 career NHL games the Brentwood, Calif., native has collected four goals and nine assists with Minnesota from 2009-2012.
The 6-foot, 185-pound forward was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Minnesota in March 2010. He spent two seasons at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and compiled 78 points [34 goals, 44 assists] in 75 games and was named to the NCAA Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2009 and the Hockey East All-Academic Team in 2010.
Wellman is the son of former major leaguer Brad Wellman, who in the 1980s spent eight years as a second baseman, shortstop and third baseman for the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals.