Who Shoots For The Capitals In a Shootout? (Poll)

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Last nights shootout loss to the Flyers was a huge disappoint for all of Caps Nation. The game was about as even as a game could get. Tied 2-2 after regulation, each team had 38 shots, and went to extras in the shootout.  It was the extra inning where things quickly went off the rails.

Coach Barry Trotz doesn’t have a lot to think about when it comes to deciding who will be the first three shooters for the Caps. 1) T.J. Oshie, 2) Evgeny Kuznetsov and 3) Nicklas Backstrom. A pretty solid trio, set in stone at this point.  The questions begin to swirl as to who goes fourth, a spot lately held, until last night, by Alex Ovechkin.

I was fine with reasons #1 and #3, but including a players housing status as a selection criteria left me scratching my head a bit. Does Brook Orpik, a Massachusetts home-owner, go 4th when visiting the Bruins? Anyway, the stats back-up Trotz’s decision.

Personally, I’ve seen Vrana in shootouts, and he’s pretty slick. In my opinion, it’s a matter of time before he’s in the mix. I understand that Trotz needs to feel comfortable with the new guy, but at some point you have to give it a whirl.

So who, do you think is fourth in line in the shootout?

By Jon Sorensen

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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