Confusion on the Defense at Capitals Morning Skate


When the Washington Capitals were taking their initial rushes at the start of morning skate on Wednesday, there was some confusion on the blue line. One guy was not skating with his familiar partner. Was it because that particular player was scratched? Was it all a fluke? It was an interesting story line, as if things weren’t interesting enough with the upcoming five-game stretch.

Taylor Chorney, who has been scratched numerous times throughout the season, was taking rushes with John Carlson. Chorney has only appeared in 23 of the Capitals’ 49 games this season. Would this mean he would be in the lineup tonight against the Flyers?

Here we have Chorney defending Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Knuznetsov, the top line duo. That was another possible indication.

Here is what the defensive pairs looked like:


This meant that Christian Djoos might possibly be the odd man out. Here we have him dishing the puck to his teammates as they worked on slapshots and one-timers.

But then the morning skate came to a close. Per usual, the scratch’s for that night’s game would remain on the ice putting in extra work. Who was that defenseman still on the ice? It was Chorney, not Djoos.

Trotz would confirm to reporters that Chorney is indeed out.

With that, here’s what the defensive pairs will look like for tonight’s game vs. the Flyers:


Familiar defensive pairings indeed. We’ll have more news from the Capitals morning skate later so feel free to check back to for more.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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One Response to Confusion on the Defense at Capitals Morning Skate

  1. Pingback: News and Notes from Wednesday’s Capitals Morning Skate: Trotz Scratches Another Young Forward | NoVa Caps

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