Your savory breakfast of champions links:
- Previews of today’s matinee meetup with the Predators from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL, Sports Xchange, AP, NBCSW, Peerless and Nova Caps and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at On the Forecheck for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
- Matt Niskanen is still most likely out, but old friend Brooks Orpik could be a game-time addition. Hurry back, Batya! [NBCSW, WaPo, NoVa Caps]
- Niskanen was well enough to speak with the media after practice. He went through concussion protocol and does not have a concussion, but provided no other information on his injury. He also noted that the collision(s) were entirely coincidental and no hard feelings. [RMNB]
- The Week That Was, Volume 13. [Peerless, AAtJ, Pensburgh]
- Expectations, exceeded. Pheonix Copley is having a whale of a rookie season. [NoVa Caps]
- Hurray! The Hershey Bears end 2018 on a high note with a 2-1 victory over Providence with Ilya Samsonov in goal. [Caps Outsider, NoVa Caps]
.@tarynbray caught up with @backstrom19 from today’s Capitals Rink Partner Skate driven by AAA to talk about making memories for young hockey players and the Capitals hot month of December #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/cp6YJWGOkR— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) December 30, 2018
- The best - and worst - of DC sports in 2018. Hockey best. [WaPo]
- Meet John Waltin, the man behind the Capitals’ mic. [The Athletic $]
- A Caps prospect to keep an eye on - Chase Priskie at Quinnipiac. The defenseman picked up his 100th NCAA point with an assist in a 5-0 win versus Colgate (sorry Rob Parker!). [Q30TV]
- Finally, happy 63rd birthday to Gary McAdam, and raise a glass to the 135th anniversary of the birth of Lester Patrick, who is both the grandfather of Caps president Dick Patrick and, with his brother Frank, the paterfamilias of many of the features of the modern hockey rulebook.
- One more - Wishing a very fond farewell to anno Domini 2018, the unforgettable year in which the Washington Capitals finally claimed their championship and raised Lord Stanley’s cup. But it was so much more than that. It was a fanbase and a city and a team united in celebration, and tales that will be told many long years from now. Thank you for sharing this journey with us here at the Rink. Happy New Year and let’s go do it again! #backtoback