Capitals head coach Barry Trotz has not been shy about changing his lineup this season or moving different players to the press box as healthy scratches. After the Caps gave up a three-goal lead to the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, it sounds as if more lineup changes are on the horizon.
Forward Daniel Winnik has been a healthy scratch the past four games while defenseman Taylor Chorney has yet to play this season. Both players could soon find themselves back in action, perhaps even as soon as Saturday against the Florida Panthers, according to Trotz.
"I think it's time," he said. "I've got to sort that out, it's going to happen pretty quick here. We've got a ton of games coming up so just give me a little time to process some stuff today and look at Florida with their coaching staff. We want to get everybody in."
Chorney's season debut has been delayed by the Caps' current four-game winning streak. It was expected that he would get into the lineup during the team's four-game road trip, but the Caps gelled under the new lines Trotz put together. Keeping that chemistry going became more important than getting Chorney in.
"It's not really my first rodeo," Chorney said. "I understand the situation. In my opinion, everybody on D's playing well right now and it just kind of works out that way."
Chorney entered the season as the team's seventh defenseman, meaning his playing time was going to be limited. Having said that, neither he nor Trotz likely anticipated that he would sit the first 10 games of the season.
But the veteran defenseman remains patient as he takes a big-picture view of the situation.
"There's still a lot of opportunity to get out there and play. Whenever the time comes, just got to make sure I'm ready."
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