Capitals are coy about Holtby, Ducks rest Kesler and Gibson


The end of the regular season presents interesting questions for coaches, including those who already have playoff spots clinched.

In the case of Bruce Boudreau, he must weigh the health of players versus the drive to win the Pacific Division.

Barry Trotz has an unusual conundrum in having little to gain, aside from his goalie possibly standing alone as the goalie with the most wins in a single season.

So far, we don’t know if Trotz will roll out Braden Holtby in an attempt to win a 49th game against the hungry Anaheim Ducks:

Sometimes this stuff is obvious, like when a player is dealing with some ailments. Boudreau’s letting goalie John Gibson and Ryan Kesler rest …

… While other important players like Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry might go tonight:

Don’t worry about the Ducks tanking one way or another, however, according to the OC Register’s Eric Stephens.

Sometimes these decisions come late, especially with players like Alex Ovechkin (guys who love to play but accrue significant mileage). There might be some game-time decisions, yet we know at least Kesler and Gibson won’t go on Sunday.