Barry Trotz is leaving nothing to chance. With nothing on the line and a playoff date with the Philadelphia Flyers on the horizon, Trotz decided to give forwards Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Jay Beagle and defensemen John Carlson and Brooks Orpik the night off against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday night at Verizon Center
Of those five players Beagle is the only player considered injured after blocking a shot Saturday night in St. Louis.
Trotz also stayed true to form by giving Holtby the night off after the 26-year-old netminder tied Martin Brodeur’s NHL record for wins in a season with his 48th victory Saturday night. Philipp Grubauer played in his place.
Jason Chimera and Marcus Johansson took the place of Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom on a top line with right wing T.J. Oshie, while Stan Galiev, Zach Sill and Michael Latta made up the Caps’ fourth line.
On defense, Nate Schmidt and Taylor Chorney returned to the lineup, while Mike Weber and Dmitry Orlov stayed together for the second straight game.
Win or lose, the Capitals became the first NHL team to go an entire season without consecutive regulation losses since the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens.