Your savory breakfast links:
- Preview of tonight's first game sans Alex Ovechkin from Vogs, NHL.com and Peerless, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner In Lou We Trust for coverage (and an epic preview) from the other side of tonight's match up.
- Refresh your memory as to the last match-up between these teams, less than a month ago. [SB Nation]
- Press scrums with AO, Bruce Boudreau, Nicklas Backstrom, Brendan Morrison, Chris Clark and Mike Green on the injury heard 'round the NHL world and what it means going forward (bonus quick hit with Mathieu Perreault on his recall at the end). [Caps365 (video); Washington Times article; Washington Post's article; NHL.com's article]
- Y'know, for all the horrendous misinterpretations and/or misuse of Boudreau's comments regarding the length of Ovechkin's absence from the lineup (from "Capitals' Ovechkin expected to miss one game" to "Ovechkin out up to two weeks"), I'm surprised no one's jumped on AO saying he's going to "take some coke" and claim that the Great Eight has a drug problem.
- "Ovechkin's recovery time from an upper-body strain presents a prime opportunity for "the other Alex" - Alexander Semin - to prove he can produce consistently and that he is worthy of a long-term contract at season's end." [Washington Times]
- To that end, Semin's agent is quoted as saying: "I don't believe in discounts." I wonder if he makes the same percentage on a KHL deal as an NHL one. [Examiner]
- More on Semin's chance to step up. [OFB]
- It's not that Ovi doesn't get hurt, it's that he doesn't feel pain. Or something. [Examiner]
- Is the League's discipline office asleep at the wheel
yet againon this one? [Ed Frankovic's Blog]
- Five players who must step up in the two-time reigning MVP's absence. [Fight For Old D.C.]
- Pictures from yesterday's practice (yes, they did actually skate yesterday). [Caps In Pictures]
- Regarding that practice, I'm going to throw a flag on placing "news" and "Eric Fehr left practice early" next to each other. [In The Room]
- Here are your new lines (for the moment, at least). [Capitals Insider]
- Brian Leetch - the last defenseman to have a 100-point season - throws some love Green's way. [CP]
- Speaking of Green, he "appears to be just hitting his stride and should be left standing when the final cuts [for Team Canada] are announced, if not among the top six, at least as a power play specialist." Huh. [CTV]
- Pierre Lebrun took the opportunity to post some moron's rant about the Caps (you'll never guess who "the worst defender in the NHL" is) and respond by basically blaming the entirety of the team's supposed defensive woes on A.O. Um, ok. [ESPN]
- LeBrun's on a roll. Regarding AO's new deal with IMG for representation he writes, "It has to be a bit of an acknowledgment that Ovechkin and his family made a mistake to part ways with [former agent Don] Meehan." Really? [ESPN]
- More weekly power rankings are out, with the Caps down two spots to fourth here at SBN, up one to fourth at FOXSports, up five to third at Y! and holding at fifth at SI.com and sixth at CBSSports.
- Hey, people - be thankful the Caps don't have a meddling owner and stop telling The Boss how to run his team (leave that to us bloggers). [Ted's Take]
- Speaking of The Boss, here's this week's Hockey This Morning spot. [XM204 (audio)]
- The Caps raised nearly $25k for Hockey Fights Cancer. Bravo. [Hockey Mom]
- More Ovie-tine, please! [Flickr via @clydeorama]
- "10 Things You Should Know About Matt Bradley." [Capitals]
- Yesterday was "Washington Capitals Day" in D.C., and it was such a big story that the team didn't even put out a release on it until the day was almost over. [Capitals]
- Some interesting notes on dasher board advertising around the League. [NEI Nuclear Notes]
- Finally, happy 31st birthday to Rick Berry.