Poll: Play Chorney, Latta and/or Weber?

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After last night’s “dud in the desert“, the team’s play left many wondering about the lineup for the game.

The Case For Playing Backups
It appeared the team was tired in the third period, and rightfully so, having traveled west and played the night before at altitude in Denver. With Grubauer in goal, the Holtby record-chase was not in play. With the Islanders, the Penguins, and Blues left on the schedule, isn’t that enough of a test to get the starters ready? Finally, it’s been some time since Michael Latta, Taylor Chorney and Mike Weber have seen actual game action. If we need them in the playoffs, they need to be ready as well.

The Case Against Playing Backups
Barry Trotz has been consistent with his philosophy of “if you are healthy, you are playing”. Coach Trotz may not feel his starters are currently hitting on all cylinders and need the work, even on a western set of back-to-backs. The offense has been struggling of late and needs to find a more productive level of play. So what’s your call?

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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