Getting some rest: Ovechkin, Backstrom, Carlson and Orpik won’t play on Sunday

Associated Press

Ahhhh the benefits of clinching the top seed in the division, conference and league.

The Washington Capitals will get to rest some of their players in Sunday’s meaningless tilt against the Anaheim Ducks.

The Caps will sit Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Brooks Orpik against the Ducks, while Jay Beagle misses the game because of a lower-body injury. Braden Holtby, who had a chance to set a new single-season record for wins, will serve as the backup to Philipp Grubauer.

Washington hasn’t been injury-free this year, but it’s remarkable to see how many players have played a full 82-game season.

The Capitals will open the playoffs later on this week against the Philadelphia Flyers.

For the first time in his career, Ovechkin won’t lead to Capitals in points. That honor will go to Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Their opponents, the Anaheim Ducks, will certainly appreciate Washington’s desire to rest players. A Ducks win would move them into first place in the Pacific Division.

The Ducks sent John Gibson and Ryan Kesler back home after yesterday’s game in Denver. Both players are dealing with lower-body injuries.


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