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Holtby won't start, unlikely to break wins record

Goaltender to serve as backup in Capitals' regular-season finale

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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby will not start against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, SN360, PRIME, CSN-DC), making it unlikely that he'll break NHL single-season record for victories.

Holtby, who tied the mark set by Martin Brodeur in the 2006-07 season with his 48th win in a 5-1 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, will back up Philipp Grubauer.  

Holtby is 48-9-7 in 66 games this season.

Coach Barry Trotz said starting Grubauer in the regular-season finale was the plan all along.

"You see a lot of players have gone down in their last game around the League," Trotz said. "He shares a record. I think the bigger plan is about what we want to do as a team. He's too important to put at risk for individual glory, so we're not doing that."

The Capitals, who won the Presidents' Trophy as the regular-season champion and will play the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference First Round, opted to rest Holtby on the second of back-to-back games as they prepare for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

"There's a lot of reasons to feel good about going forward to the playoffs now," Trotz said. "[Holtby] now shares an NHL record with Marty Brodeur, that's a pretty special team thing, and an individual thing and Ovi [Alex Ovechkin] made 50 goals. That's a pretty big deal."

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