Tuesday morning, the Washington Capitals returned to the ice for their first practice ahead of their second round matchup against the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
On the injury front, defenseman Karl Alzner continued to make progress towards a potential return. Alzner has been sidelined by an undisclosed upper-body injury since Game Three of Washington’s first-round series against Toronto. According to the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, Tuesday marked Alzner’s most grueling day of practice yet.
While Alzner admitted that he may not be ready for the Caps’ second round series opener on Thursday, he hopes to be playing as soon as he’s healthy. Head Coach Barry Trotz made no such guarantees.