Throughout the season NHL.com will be doing a weekly series called "Five Questions With …," a Q&A with some of the key figures in the game aimed at gaining insight into their lives and careers.
Alzner is in his third full season with the Capitals after two years of shuttling back and forth between Washington and Hershey in the American Hockey League, and in each of those three seasons he has been the top defensive defenseman on the team’s roster.
When he and fellow young defenseman John Carlson broke into the League together, they quickly became the go-to pairing against the other team’s top line while Bruce Boudreau was the coach. This season Carlson and Alzner, or "Carlzner" as they were affectionately dubbed by fans in Washington, have been split up but both have played better of late. Not coincidently, the Capitals’ play has improved from a wretched 2-10-1 start, as well.
Alzner sat down with NHL.com to answer some questions about the team’s improvement, playing for different coaches in a short span, and facing the Philadelphia Flyers in NBCSN's Wednesday Night Rivalry presented by Coors Light (7 p.m. ET).