Caps stick to plan, sit Holtby with chance to break record
WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz says Philipp Grubauer will start against the Anaheim Ducks, instead of Braden Holtby getting a chance to break Martin Brodeur's NHL single-season wins record.
Holtby got win No. 48 on Saturday in St. Louis but Trotz says he won't be given the opportunity to set the record because it's not worth the risk in the meaningless regular-season finale.
The game carries value for the Ducks, who would clinch the Pacific Division title with a victory. The Capitals long ago clinched the Presidents' Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs and are expected to sit several regulars.
Trotz says Holtby, a leading candidate for the Vezina Trophy, was OK with the team's decision to play Grubauer against the Ducks. Holtby has played 66 games this season.