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Karl Alzner | Defenseman | #27

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/24/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 214
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (5) / WAS
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Karl Alzner (sports hernia) will play on Tuesday in a preseason game versus Montreal.
"I think it's going to be fine," Alzner said. "It's been fine the whole time so far. In scrimmage, I'm okay. I've been feeling great when I wake up, so I don't think it's going to be an issue. The only thing is if something crazy happens out there, which can happen. I'm not too nervous about it." He had sports hernia surgery during the off-season, but he has looked ready to play during training camp. Sep 27 - 5:02 PM

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Karl Alzner (sports hernia) was positive after Friday's skate.

"Practice felt good," Alzner said. "I'm pretty close. We've got to work on some leg conditioning now because that's something you really notice when it's not up to par, that starts to burn pretty fast and that's something that I can start to do now." It looks like Alzner will see some action during the preseason and will be fine for the season opener. He had four goals and 21 points in 82 games last season.
Sep 24 - 6:52 AM

Karl Alzner, who had been dealing with a groin injury, was on the ice Friday morning.

Alzner sustained the injury during the playoffs, but it shouldn't impact him in 2016-17. He had four goals and 21 points in 82 contests last season.
Sep 23 - 11:21 AM

Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (groin/hernia) is close to being 100 percent healthy.

Alzner suffered the injury during last year's playoffs. He's currently operating at 85 percent, but expects to be fully ready once training camp rolls around in just over a month's time. "I can do everything now, but I’m just maybe a half step slow because I can’t get the full extension with the power, the little kick at the end," Alzner said. "Once I get that kick back, then I’m 90-100 [percent]. So, I’m close." The 27-year-old has been remarkably healthy throughout his career. He's currently played in 458 consecutive games for the Caps, which is a franchise record.
Aug 15 - 11:49 AM

Karl Alzner is expected to start activity four weeks after surgery, according to GM Brian MacLellan.

He underwent sport hernia repair of the pelvic floor last Wednesday and the procedure went well. Alzner is projected to be ready to play before the start of the regular season. He has one year left on his contract before he is eligible for unrestricted free agency.
Jun 21 - 4:10 PM

Karl Alzner underwent successful sport hernia repair of the pelvic floor on Wednesday morning.

He is expected to be healthy before the start of the 2016-17 season. Alzner played hurt throughout the Capitals' second-round playoff series against Pittsburgh and he wasn't able to finish Game 6 after he felt a "pop" in the first period. He currently owns the team's franchise record for consecutive games played at 458, which should be able to continue.
Jun 15 - 6:06 PM

Karl Alzner is waiting to find out if he'll need surgery to repair his groin injury.

"I’m hoping not," Alzner said. "I’m not a fan of surgery, but I’m also not a doctor, so we’ll figure out what they decide." Alzner wasn't able to participate in Game 6 due to the issue. He should learn more next week.
May 12 - 6:07 PM

Karl Alzner played through quite a few injuries during the regular season.

Along the way Alzner suffered a strained oblique, hip flexor injury, and broken thumb. Despite that he played in all 82 regular season games. He also played through a partial groin tear until it got to the point where he finally needed to be kept out of Game 6 of Washington's second round series against Pittsburgh.
May 12 - 10:59 AM

Karl Alzner was forced from Tuesday's Game 6 loss to the Penguins.

Some people thought Alzner was injured after being slashed by Pens forward Sidney Crosby, but he cleared that up after the game. Alzner said he had been dealing with a groin injury and he just wasn't fit enough to continue playing. Alzner will have plenty of time to heal, as the Caps were eliminated by the Penguins tonight.
May 10 - 11:53 PM

Karl Alzner didn't skate Monday morning, but he's still probable to play in Game 3 versus Pittsburgh.

He missed the session for maintenance on an undisclosed upper-body injury, but he was able to play in Game 2 on Saturday after he missed that skate.
May 2 - 2:33 PM

Karl Alzner is expected to play in Game 2 against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Alzer hasn't missed a game since 2010, so we would only be surprised if that streak failed to continue. He has two points with 10 hits and 14 blocks through seven games thus far this postseason.
Source: Katie Brown
Apr 30 - 5:37 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) took part in Thursday's practice.

Though Capitals coach Barry Trotz previously stated that he expected Alzner to play in Game 1 Thursday night, it was worrisome that the defensemen missed Tuesday and Wednesday's skates. Nevertheless Alzner has declared himself good to go, so it seems things will play out as Trotz anticipated.
Apr 28 - 11:33 AM

Karl Alzner (upper body) missed his second straight practice on Wednesday.

Despite that, Capitals coach Barry Trotz still expects Alzner to participate in Game 1 on Thursday. Alzner had two assists in six games during the first round.
Apr 27 - 12:37 PM

Karl Alzner didn't participate in Tuesday's skate.

He received a maintenance day because coach Barry Trotz thought he could use a rest from playing hard minutes and blocking some shots. He is confident that Alzner will be fine for the start of Round 2.
Apr 26 - 12:32 PM

Karl Alzner scored his fourth goal of the season Saturday.

It was his first goal on the road. He now has 20 points in 65 games. It was Alzner's first point since February 7 so chances are he wasn't in your lineup.
Mar 6 - 12:04 PM

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3Andre Burakovsky
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2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
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5Brett Connolly
D1John Carlson
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5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
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G1Braden Holtby
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