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Healthy Caps: Beagle expected back for Game 1 of playoffs


Washington Capitals’ Jay Beagle (83) and Florida Panthers’ Aleksander Barkov (16) battle for the puck during the third period of a NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. The Panthers won 3-2 in overtime. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)


Jay Beagle is expected to be ready for the playoffs, Capitals GM Brian MacLellan told reporters today.

And just in case you didn’t believe him, MacLellan sent forward Zach Sill back to AHL Hershey.

Beagle was hurt blocking a shot Saturday in St. Louis. He didn’t play Sunday versus Anaheim due to a lower-body injury.

The 30-year-old forward is arguably the Caps’ best faceoff man; he plays a major role on the penalty kill, too.

If Beagle is indeed ready to go, the Caps will start the playoffs entirely healthy. And that’s not something many teams can say.