Alzner was recalled from AHL Laval on Thursday. Alzner will join the team for its trip to Columbus, though there is no guarantee he will slot into the lineup. If the defender does slot into the lineup, Brett Kulak or Jordie Benn figures to be the odd man out.
Alzner was sent down to AHL Laval following Montreal's 5-1 win over the Panthers on Tuesday, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports. The plan is for Alzner to suit up for AHL Laval on Wednesday before re-joining the Canadiens for their trip to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets. The veteran blueliner has become a non-factor in reality as well as in fantasy.
Alzner was in the active lineup Thursday and registered one shot along with one hit in a 4-1 loss to St. Louis. Coach Claude Julien wanted Alzner instead of the smaller Mike Reilly against the physical Blues. It marked the first time Alzner's played since he was recalled from AHL Laval in late December.
Alzner was recalled from AHL Laval on Wednesday. Since being demoted, Alzner has a goal and an assist in 10 games with AHL Laval, but scoring should never be how we evaluate his game. Just getting regular ice time was the goal in sending him down. Consistent ice time should not be a problem at the NHL-level, however, considering David Schlemko recently landed on injured reserve with an upper-body injury. The 30-year-old Alzner stands to get a healthy dose of game action in his return to Montreal. Even if he dresses in every game, Alzner's offensive limitations make him an extremely risky fantasy option.
Alzner scored a goal, finished plus-2, and he was named the first star in his debut at AHL Laval on Wednesday. The 30-year-old Alzner was assigned to Laval on Tuesday after clearing NHL waivers. "I was shocked, honestly," Alzner told Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette about his goal after the game. "I don't typically get those ones off too well. They're kind of tough when they're coming right at you. But I was just lucky I got a hold of it and it found a spot. I don't know if the goalie was really expecting it to come high. That's kind of what I needed just to kind of settle me into the game. It's good to score a goal at any level." There are no immediate plans to bring Alzner back to Montreal.
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