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TORONTO— Karl Alzner will miss his second straight playoff game on Wednesday night, Caps Coach Barry Trotz said.

Alzner missed his first game in seven years on Monday due to an upper body injury. He is listed as day-to-day by the team.

“He is out right now and he won’t play tomorrow,” Trotz said following an optional practice at the Maple Leafs’ facility. 

Trotz did not elaborate on the veteran defenseman’s prognosis. The first sign that anything was amiss came Monday morning when Alzner was held out of the morning skate by the team's training staff.

Alzner was replaced in the lineup by Nate Schmidt, who was paired with John Carlson.

Schmidt played 16:29 and earned a primary assist on Washington’s first goal in Monday’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs.

He's expected to remain in the lineup when the Caps visit the Leafs for Game 4 at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night. Toronto leads the series 2-1. 

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