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Karl Alzner | Defenseman | #27

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/24/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 219
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (5) / WAS
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Karl Alzner sustained a broken bone in his hand while blocking a shot in the first round.
The incident presumably happened on April 15. He returned for Game 3 of the second round on May 3 and played for the rest of the series. He won't need surgery and should be fine for 2017-18. May 12 - 3:59 PM

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Karl Alzner will return to the lineup on Monday night.

He will play in Game 3 against Pittsburgh and the Capitals will dress seven defenders. That will make Paul Carey a healthy scratch.
May 1 - 7:27 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) might be OK to play in Game 3 after all, as he is listed as a game-time decision.

He said he will take part in the pregame warmup Monday night. If he gets the nod to play then Washington could dress seven defensemen, which may make Paul Carey a healthy scratch.
May 1 - 12:30 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) isn't expected to play in Game 3 versus Pittsburgh.

He was an extra again alongside Taylor Chorney at Monday's morning skate. Alzner hasn't played since Apr. 15 because of an upper-body injury.
May 1 - 12:02 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) won't be able to return for Game 2 on Saturday.

Alzner was considered questionable for the contest. He hasn't been able to play since Game 2 on April 15 of Washington's first round series.
Apr 29 - 8:04 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) participated in Friday's optional skate.

Alzner has missed five straight games due to the injury. He's still regarded as day-to-day and questionable for Game 2 on Saturday.
Apr 28 - 3:26 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) won't be available for Game 1 on Thursday.

Alzner continues to make progress, but he's still day-to-day. The Capitals will not make any lineup changes compared to Game 6 of their first round series against Toronto.
Apr 27 - 12:14 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) is questionable for Game 1 of the second round against Pittsburgh.

He went through a full practice Tuesday, but he skated on the team's extra pairing with Taylor Chorney. "He's progressing," coach Barry Trotz said. "He's day to day, and when the trainers say go then he'll go." The Capitals may use seven defenders when Alzner is healthy because Nate Schmidt has played well during his absence.
Apr 25 - 6:11 PM

Karl Alzner will not play in Game 6 Sunday.

Alzner was a participant in the morning skate but the decision has been made to sit him out with an upper body injury. It is the fourth straight game he has missed and the Capitals will go with six defensemen and 12 forwards against the Maple Leafs.
Apr 23 - 11:44 AM

When Karl Alzner (upper body) is ready to return to the lineup, the Capitals could go with seven defensemen and 11 forwards.

The Capitals love the speed of Nate Schmidt on the blueline and do not want to take him out of the lineup so Brett Connolly is a likely scratch if Alzner returns for the Toronto series. Connolly played only a combined 10:38 in the Capitals last two games so it is not like they will miss him.
Apr 23 - 11:39 AM

Karl Alzner (upper body) won't be available for Game 5 on Friday.

Alzner did practice with the Capitals for the first time since his injury, so he is making progress. He had three goals and 13 points in 82 regular season games.
Apr 21 - 1:28 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) took part in Washington's practice on Friday.

Alzner missed the Capitals' last two games. This is the first time he's practiced with the team since being sidelined, but he's still questionable for Game 5 on Friday.
Apr 21 - 11:04 AM

Karl Alzner (upper body) was on the ice following the Capitals' morning skate.

As previously reported, Alzner won't play in Game 4 on Wednesday. This will be his second straight game on the sidelines.
Apr 19 - 1:10 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) has already been ruled out for Game 4 on Wednesday.

The durable defender had played in 540 consecutive regular-season games and 59 straight playoff matches before he sat out Monday's game with an upper-body injury. Nate Schmidt, who played well in Alzner's absence, will probably stay in the lineup for Game 4 on Wednesday night.
Apr 18 - 1:09 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) won't suit up in Game 3 against Toronto on Monday night.

Alzner was supposed to be a game-time decision, but the Caps made the announcement on their Twitter account right before the pre-game warmup started. Nate Schmidt will take Alzner's spot in the lineup.
Apr 17 - 6:37 PM

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C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
5Chandler Stephenson
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Andre Burakovsky
4Daniel Winnik
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Brett Connolly
D1John Carlson
2Kevin Shattenkirk
3Matt Niskanen
4Karl Alzner
5Brooks Orpik
6Dmitry Orlov
7Nate Schmidt
8Taylor Chorney
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer