Your savory breakfast links:
- Previews of tonight's Hockeytown hullabaloo (the "Mad Caps"? I can dig it) from Vogs, NHL.com, Peerless and Cap Centre, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner Winging It In Motown for pregame coverage from the other side of tonight's match up.
- Fact du jour: with tonight's game in Detroit, Mike Knuble will have faced each of his four former teams in the season's first five games.
- The Caps are looking for some consistency. My unsolicited suggestion? Spread the high-end skill out a bit. [Washington Times]
- Eric Fehr took a rather circuitous route to the Joe for tonight's game. [Dump and Chase]
- The Caps are "worried about defensive woes so far" (at least that's what the AP headline writer thinks). [AP]
Alex Ovechkin is off to the best start of his career, but I could've sworn the Caps were 3-1-0 after four games in each of the past two seasons. [NHL.com]
- "These players also need to understand that no team can win on offense alone. You want to watch a team that gladly abandons defense while attempting to run-and-gun past their opponent? Watch the Wizards win less than 20 games a year." Ouch (and I'll take the over). [Homer McFanboy]
- Perspective. [Peerless]
- Photographic evidence that there were actually a few smiles at practice yesterday. [Caps In Pictures]
- Here's a pretty rad little widget that lets you check out how much team-related merch has been moved on eBay in the past month. [via @emcerlain]
- Cool - live chat with Garrett of Puckhead's Thoughts during tonight's game. [Puckhead's Thoughts]
- And now for something completely different (and only marginally hockey-related, but wholly bad ass). [John Walton Hockey]
- Braden Holtby is off to a great start in Hershey. [The Patriot-News, John Walton Hockey, Hershey Bears Hockey]
- On this date back in 1987, Mike Gartner lit the lamp three times for his 13th (and final) hat trick as a Cap (Peter Bondra holds the team record with 19; AO has eight).
- I hate to send you all to school on the weekend, but I have to. [Behind The Net]
- Finally, happy five-year anniversary to Mrs. J.P. - half a decade with the best gal in the land makes me a very lucky man.