With three games in the books, 21 of the 22 players on the Capitals’ roster have suited up for at least one game.
The only player who hasn’t? Defenseman Taylor Chorney.
But that’s expected to change sooner than rather later.
“We’ll talk about that,” Trotz said before the Caps departed for Florida, where they'll visit the Panthers on Thursday night. “But we have to get Chor in fairly soon.”
Last season, Chorney made his season debut in the third game. He went on to play in 55 games, including a stretch of 40 straight as injuries struck the Capitals’ backend.
So far this season, though, the defensemen have remained healthy and, as a group, have been playing well. In fact, the Caps are tops in the league in shots allowed per game (23.3) and goals allowed per game (1.00).
Nevertheless, it's still important to get Chorney into the lineup, and Trotz knows it. He's said over and again that he wants to keep everyone engaged and sharp—just in case. The last forward to get into the lineup, Brett Connolly, made his season debut against the Avalanche on Tuesday.
After facing the Panthers, the Caps host the Metro Division rival Rangers on Saturday night before heading to Western Canada for a three-game swing.
“Chor is in a little bit of a situation than maybe Connolly and [rookie Zach Sanford] because they weren’t with us last year,” Trotz said. “We’ll make that decision maybe on the plane, maybe tomorrow, maybe today. But it’s something we will discuss, no question.”
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