After Braden Holtby tied Martin Brodeur for single-season wins record at 48 last night, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said “we’ll see” when asked multiple times by reporters if Holtby would get the start Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks. Trotz had spent days indicating Holtby almost certainly not play, with the Capitals sticking to their usual Holtby then Philipp Grubauer plan when the team plays back-to-back games. And that’s exactly what they’re doing.
“It was the plan all along to stick with it for a couple of reasons,” Trotz told reporters before the game. “It was a back-to-back. Why put a player at risk? You see a number of players that have gone down in their last game around the league. He shares the record. The bigger plan is about what we want to do as a team. He’s too important to put at risk for individual glory. We’re not doing that.”