- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

TORONTO — Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner will miss a second-straight game Wednesday, coach Barry Trotz said Tuesday afternoon.

He is out right now and he won’t play tomorrow,” Trotz said. 

On Monday, Alzner missed the Capitals morning skate and Trotz said trainers had requested a maintenance day for the blueliner. By the time pregame warmups began, Nate Schmidt was in the lineup in Alzner’s place and Capitals spokespeople said Alzner had an upper-body injury.

Trotz said postgame Monday that Alzner was day-to-day and could be a game-time decision come Wednesday but, by Tuesday afternoon, that was no longer the case.

Schmidt filled in Alzner’s usual spot, paired with John Carlson. They were on the ice for Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin’s first-period goals, but also for Auston Matthews’ goal, which involved a fortuitous bounce off Schmidt’s visor.

Schmidt got an assist on Backstrom’s goal and was also skating for Evgeny Kuznetsov’s goal in the second period. He was credited with 16:29 in total ice time.

“The game went well, obviously not the result we wanted but for me personally, I think that my legs felt good,” Schmidt said. “Maybe get my head out of the way on the first one but things like that’ll happen.”


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