CHICAGO—After sitting out the season’s first 12 games as a healthy scratch, Taylor Chorney will finally make his 2016-17 debut tonight in Chicago.
Chorney will take the place of Nate Schmidt.
“I’m pumped,” Chorney said at United Center, where the Capitals visit the Blackhawks, winners of seven straight. “You can’t really ask for a better environment than this. It’s going to be rockin’ out there, a Friday night game in a building like this. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
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Chorney got into 55 games last season as injuries struck Washington’s blue line. But the six players ahead of him on the depth chart have remained healthy thus far this season.
The group has also played well, making the decision to sit Schmidt a difficult one, according to Coach Barry Trotz. Chorney will be paired with veteran Brooks Orpik, who has played well at even strength and on the penalty kill.
“It was quite difficult, actually, because the D has played pretty well,” Trotz said. “Chor will go in a do a great job, as he always does.”
Chorney acknowledged that there could be an adjustment period on the first shift or two. But he also expects to settle in rather quickly after that.
“I don’t expect there to be a ton of rust,” he said. “I’m sure there’s going to be some timing things that I’m going to have to work out. But I’m just going to keep it simple out there and embrace the experience.”
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