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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 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

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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

Karl Alzner (undisclosed) is considered to be a game-time decision for Monday night.

He skipped the morning skate for maintenance and Nate Schmidt took his place alongside John Carlson. It's unclear if Alzner will be available to play in Game 3 against Toronto, but the signs don't appear to be in his favor.
Apr 17 - 12:39 PM

Karl Alzner got his 10th point of the year thanks to the assist he picked up in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Kings.

Alzner now has three goals and seven assists in 53 games this season. He also threw two hits and blocked three shots in the effort, while posting a plus-3 rating.
Feb 5 - 3:01 PM

Karl Alzner played in his 500th consecutive game Friday night.

He became the first Washington player to play in 500 straight games and he joined Keith Yandle and Jay Bouwmeester as the only other rearguards to play 500 games in a row since the 1933-34 season. There is something to be said for just showing up.
Jan 14 - 11:19 AM

Karl Alzner pitched in a rare goal during Washington's 2-1 win over the Senators on Sunday.

The 28-year-old veteran now has three goals and six points in 36 games this season. Alzner's career high is five goals, which he set in 2014-2015.
Jan 1 - 10:39 PM

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.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 05:02:00 PM

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.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 06:52:00 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.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 11:21:00 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.
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 11:49:00 AM

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RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
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D1John Carlson
2Kevin Shattenkirk
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