Your savory breakfast links:
- The Caps will try to avoid being swept by the Devils in the seasons series tonight (though they played two of the first three games sans Alex Ovechkin). Here are previews of tonight's game from Ed Frankovic (with other thoughts, to boot) and NHL.com, and be sure to check out our SB Nation partner In Lou We Trust for coverage from the other side of tonight's match up.
- In each of the three games against the Devs so far this season, the Caps scored first, and twice they doubled their lead with the game's second goal, only to see their leads turn to losses all three times. Those games are great examples of the Caps' current biggest concern: closing. To wit, "Washington has outscored its opponents 47-18 in the first 20 minutes this season, which is the largest advantage for any team in the league in any of the three periods. After the first intermission is another story -- the Caps have scored 85 goals and allowed 82." [TWT]
- Semyon Varlamov reacts to being named to the Russian Olympic Team. [Alex Ovetjkin]
- Wondering whether Mike Green will make Team Canada. [WaPo]
- The World Junior Championships start today (catch Canada at 4:00, Sweden at 6:00 and the U.S. at 8:00 on NHL Network), and here are your top story lines. [Puck Daddy]
- Even in praising a prospect playing in an international tourney, SI can't resist taking a swipe at the Caps' defense (12th in GAA and SOG against with Jose Theodore starting more than half the team's games... so which is it - bad D or bad goaltending? Neither? OK). [SI.com]
- Sergei Fedorov didn't have a single fighting major in the NHL after 1992, but here he is droppin' the mittens in the KHL. [YouTube]
- Finally, happy 22nd birthday to Oskar Osala.