The Noon Number

USA TODAY Sports

Today's prop bet looks at that old bugaboo... the number four defenseman.

The Caps' "Big Three" defensemen - Mike Green, Karl Alzner and John Carlson - each logged more than 850 minutes of ice time in 2013. The next two names on the rearguard ice-time ranking - John Erskine and Steve Oleksy - combined for fewer minutes than Carlson played, and the two after that - Jack Hillen and Tomas Kundratek - fewer than Alzner or Green.

With no significant changes to the blueline over the summer (though a presumably healthy Dmitry Orlov is certainly worth noting), which defenseman other than the Big Three will play the most minutes for the Caps during the 2013-14 season? How much do you believe Adam Oates when he says of Erskine, "He’s not losing his job. He’s not. It's not even up for grabs. He's top four on our team."?

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