For those of you that haven’t stepped outside the last couple days, the weather has been absolutely glorious. TJ Oshie and Karl Alzner took advantage of the beautiful weather by having a park playdate with their daughters, Lyla Oshie and Stella Alzner.
Opening night is fast approaching and the Washington Capitals’ roster is taking shape, especially on the defensive end where there were no personnel changes during the offseason. However, it appears that a fairly significant change is coming to the back-end pairings. Dmitry Orlov will begin the season paired with John Carlson on the second unit while Nate Schmidt will start the season with Brooks Orpik. Matt Niskanen and Karl Alzer will remain together as the team’s shtudown pair.
Moving Orlov up in the pecking order to play with Carlson suggests that the the Caps are comfortable placing a greater deal of trust in him. Trust in a defenseman means putting him on the ice for big minutes and game-breaking situations, and believing that the good will outweigh the bad in both zones.
Let’s take a look at which of last year’s defensive pairs were the most utilized and trusted in terms of deployments, and how much that might have to change with Orlov no longer on the third pair.
On Wednesday, CSN released a snippet of their upcoming Capitals Central show (Sunday, 8:30 pm) and they just posted some of its high-brow, all-access content.
Let me set the scene. Karl Alzner’s daughter Stella is seen standing by a towel rack and holds up a dachshund-patterned towel. The Alzner family has two (destructive) wiener dogs so clearly that got her excited. So excited in fact, that Stella went into a trance and may have soiled her self.
On Sunday, Anson met another Caps baby born this summer, Leni Rose Oshie. Leni is TJ and Lauren Oshie’s second child born in late June.
During rush hour Wednesday afternoon, the Capitals announced that defenseman Karl Alzner underwent successful surgery to repair a sports hernia. Alzner suffered a torn groin injury in the playoffs, which kept him on the bench for most of the Caps’ season-ending loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Alzner played just two shifts early in the second period before being pulled from Game Six.
The initial injury seemed to have occurred during the first round series against the Flyers but progressively grew worse.
Former Capital Brooks Laich recently went on a safari, and Alex Ovechkin cut a rug in Mother Russia. Now via Lauren Oshie’s Instagram, we know what TJ Oshie’s and Karl Alzner’s families have been up to.
Last weekend, the two teammates took their families to Disney World. While Oshie and Alzner are literally the opposites on the ice, off of it they both have laid back, kind personalities. And it appears their tiny, adorable children, Lyla Oshie and Stella Alzner, have become inseparable.
Just check out the photos and you’ll see what I mean.
Karl Alzner played in every game this season and had huge success as long as you don’t count scoring, which he is really terrible at. But appreciating Alzner’s 2015-16 puts us in conflict with ourselves: how do we explain a player who enjoys great outcomes (goal differential) without good process (puck possession)?
Let’s kick off the 2015-16 player reviews right now.
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