Alzner (upper body) took part in Thursday's optional practice, but remains day-to-day, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.

This is unfamiliar territory for the veteran, as he's already missed Games 3 and 4, and now Friday's Game 5 is seemingly in question as well. Nate Schmidt stepped into the lineup in Alzner's place and deserves some degree of fantasy consideration after posting an assist and a plus-2 rating in two straight postseason games (while also scoring a goal that was called back due to a soft goalie-interference call). Expect Washington to issue a further update on Alzner's status following Friday's morning skate.

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