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Karl Alzner | Defenseman | #27

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/24/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 214
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (5) / WAS
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Karl Alzner registered an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to Philadelphia Wednesday night.
Alzner has three goals and 15 points in 47 contests this season. He also broke the Capitals' franchise record for consecutive games played with his 423rd contest in a row. It took him longer than anticipated to end the tie with Bobby Carpenter as Washington had two games postponed due to bad weather. Jan 28 - 11:29 AM

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Karl Alzner is only one game away from breaking Bobby Carpenter's record for consecutive games played as a Washington Capital.

The record would have been broken earlier but the Capitals have been snowed out of late. Carpenter and Alzner are tied at 422. Alzner has little fantasy value but is a plus-15 with three goals and 14 points in 46 games.
Jan 24 - 11:25 AM

Karl Alzner (upper body) is fine to play Tuesday.

He has been dealing with some ailments, but he will continue his ironman streak. He has appeared in 401 consecutive contests.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 12:17:00 PM

Karl Alzner is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

He is questionable for Tuesday's game against Detroit as a result. If he sits then his streak of 401 consecutive games will come to an end.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 01:57:00 PM

Karl Alzner recorded an assist in Washington's 3-1 defeat to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

It was Alzner's first point in eight games this season. He's not a big enough threat offensively to be a significant factor in standard leagues.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 11:28:00 AM

Karl Alzner started to score more in the 2014-15 season.

Alzner had five goals in the regular season which equaled the total of his previous three seasons combined and then followed it up with a two goal and four point performance in 14 playoff games. The fifth overall pick in the 2007 Draft is a solid blueliner and any offense he gives the Capitals is just a bonus. That being said, we would not suggest drafting him in pools next season.
Sat, May 23, 2015 06:47:00 AM

Karl Alzner scored a goal in a 4-3 loss on Sunday.

Alzner also recorded two hits and two blocked shots during the game. While not always used in fantasy leagues, those categories are arguably more relevant to Alzner given that he's not an offensive defenseman. He has four goals and 13 points in 50 contests.
Mon, Feb 2, 2015 11:40:00 AM

Karl Alzner has three goals and 11 points in 46 games this season.

That's a pace Alzner should be able to maintain, although it's not enough to intrigue most standard league owners. Alzner is more noteworthy in leagues that count blocked shots as he already has 87 of those this season. That's more or less in line with expectations going into the campaign.
Fri, Jan 23, 2015 02:54:00 PM

Karl Alzner recorded an assist in Washington's 3-2 win against Chicago on Friday.

Alzner now has three points in 13 games in 2014-15. He's never been a major contributor offensively and we don't expect that to change this season.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 11:23:00 AM

Karl Alzner is excited for the 2014-15 campaign after the Capitals signed defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik this summer.

"I'm fired up about it," Alzner said when asked about the upgrade on the blue line. "I think we have, on paper right now, one of the deepest blue lines, so I'm happy about that. You know that you have to pay players to get them sometimes and we're happy, I'm happy, for all the guys whenever they can get a good paycheck and that's great. So if we're going to have to pay guys numbers that other people don't necessarily agree with and we want that player and need that player, then it doesn't matter to us - you've just got to get them." Well, obviously it's not that simple in a cap-based league, but regardless, the Capitals defense certainly has been upgraded this summer. As for Alzner in particular, he got next to no power-play ice time last season and that certainly won't change now that Niskanen has joined the team.
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 02:29:00 PM

Karl Alzner picked up two assists in Sunday's win over Toronto.

The defensive-minded rearguard has 16 points along with 121 blocked shots in 69 games this season.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 10:49:00 AM

Karl Alzner's second goal of the season provided the impetus in an eventual 3-2 win over Phoenix.

Alzner's goal was the first of three in 5:02 minutes in the middle of the third period to lead the Caps to a come from behind win. Alzner last scored on December 7 so it was a long time coming for the defenseman.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Karl Alzner scored his first goal of the season Saturday.

It was the game winner and it was the first goal Alzner has scored at home in his career. He now has six career goals in the NHL and has a goal and five helpers with a plus-four rating and 10 penalty minutes. While he has no fantasy value in traditional pools, his defensive play is getting him some consideration to play for Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 10:45:00 AM

Coach Adam Oates is reuniting Karl Alzner and John Carlson on the blueline.

Oates is concerned about the defensive play of the Capitals and Carlson is minus-five thus far with his ex-partner Mike Green a minus-seven. Oates is hoping that a return of Carlson and Alzner will help. Alzner is solid defensively and that should help Carlson.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 10:15:00 AM

Karl Alzner plans to put his best foot forward at Team Canada's orientation camp to try to earn a roster spot for the Winter Olympics.

"From what I've heard at least, they're looking for a left-handed shut down defenseman that can skate. That is usually the way I like to view myself," Alzner said. "When you're going up against the best players in the NHL you're always kind of looking [at other defensemen] and thinking 'Oh that guy can skate better than me, that guy's got a better stick than me.' You're always kind of picking things apart, but realistically I think that I have an opportunity. It's going to come down to how I'm playing at the time and also injuries, which we all know can happen so randomly." Alzner is one of three defensemen invited to camp to never represent Canada in international competition at the senior level, which will make him a long shot to earn a roster spot.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 11:47:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Andre Burakovsky
4Jay Beagle
5Mike Richards
6Michael Latta
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Jason Chimera
4Brooks Laich
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Stanislav Galiev
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
8Connor Carrick
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer