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The Noon Number: Count on Karl

A look at the Caps’ iron man on the blueline

NHL: Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

499 - Number of consecutive games played for Karl Alzner coming into tonight’s game, which continues to be a franchise record (Alzner topped Bobby Carpenter’s 423 consecutive games last season). That stretch dates back to the start of the 2010-11 season, and is tied for the fourth-most games played over that span; only Keith Yandle (503) has played more among NHL blueliners.

Over the past six-plus seasons, Alzner has absorbed 870 hits (per and blocked a whopping 963 shots, sixth-most in the NHL (teammate Carlson sits just ahead of him with 991)... a heck of a lot of punishment to take without missing a game.