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Karl Alzner is not ready to return from injury as the second round begins

Karl Alzner is not ready to return from injury as the second round begins

Karl Alzner has been ruled out for Game 1 of the Capitals’ second round matchup against the Penguins on Thursday night.

Although the veteran defenseman has been ramping up his workload in recent days, Washington will ice the same lineup it used in the series clinching win over Toronto, Coach Barry Trotz confirmed after the pregame skate in Arlington.

Alzner has been sidelined since Game 2 of the Maple Leafs series with an upper body.

Trotz indicated that Alzner has not received medical clearance to return to game action.

“We’re not going to put him at risk,” Trotz said. “He’s day-to-day.”

Nate Schmidt, who owns a team-best plus-5 rating in the playoffs, will again replace Alzner in the Capitals’ lineup as hockey's most anticipated matchup of the postseason opens at Verizon Center.

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Ovechkin is ready for 'more fun' with second child on the way

Ovechkin is ready for 'more fun' with second child on the way

It's been a great stretch as of late for Alex Ovechkin.

After recording his 700th goal on Saturday, additional good news was shared on Monday. His wife Nastya announced on Instagram that the family is expecting its second child. The newest baby Ovi will become the younger brother to Sergei, who is just over 18 months old.

On Tuesday, Ovechkin talked about what it will be like to add another member to the family. It is safe to say he is excited.

"It's great," Ovechkin said. "More kids, the more fun."

A household with Ovi and two young kids is sure to bring with it some exciting moments. The more Ovechkins, the better.

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New Caps players Brenden Dillon, Ilya Kovalchuk meet Captain the puppy

New Caps players Brenden Dillon, Ilya Kovalchuk meet Captain the puppy

It's one thing to be welcomed into the locker room by new teammates when traded to another team. 

But the new Caps players have an even more important figure to become friends with: 

Captain. 

Luckily - at least according to Captain's Twitter account - they seem to be getting along just fine. 

Hopefully, they remember the most important rule of the locker room: Treats for their new pal.

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