Your savory breakfast links:
- Join us for a walk down the sunny side of F Street and see the silver lining in Nicklas Backstrom’s absence. [Rink]
- Previews of tonight’s battle with the Lightning from Vogs, NBCSW, AP, Reuters, Peerless, NoVa Caps, and be sure to check in with our SB Nation partners over at Raw Charge for the other side of tonight’s matchup.
- Checking in with the team after yesterday’s practice. [Caps video (Laviolette, Mantha, Jensen, Caps365)]
- Hendrix Lapierre (have you heard of him?) has made a pretty big impression on everyone since arriving in DC. [S&S]
- Wednesday was a big night for Lapierre, and for his family, who were able to make it to Capital One Arena in time to enjoy the moment. [Caps]
- Has Vitek Vanecek been better at seizing his opportunity than Ilya Samsonov? [S&S]
- Finally, happy 54th birthday to Joe Murphy and happy 36th to Jay Beagle, and raise a glass to the memory of Steve Atkinson, who would have been 73 today.