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• The Green Man (OK, "men") made an appearance at the Nashville Predators/Vancouver Canucks game last night, as this video shows in creepy silence. The KB suspects alien invasion. If you have no idea what this is, check out Page 2's coverage of the "Always Sunny" meme.

• We're doing a chat today at 1 p.m. Rumors, all-decade, general frivolity. Myself, Pagnotta and Scotty Wazz. Join us, won't you?

Alex Ovechkin(notes), in a translated interview regarding questions of his "reckless" play: "A year ago nobody asked me why I am not watching for myself, but now - on the eve of the Olympics - the question suddenly arises. I play hockey and enjoy it. If you don't smash somebody, then you'll be smashed." [Russia Today, via Japers' Rink]

• Our first Olympic roster has been named: Belarus, which features four NHL players in Ruslan Salei(notes), Mikhail Grabovsky and Montreal's Kostitsyn brothers. OK, make that three NHL players and Sergei Kostitsyn(notes). [CTV]

• Malkin To The Kings backs up Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray's crusade against biased officiating: "Some might call Murray a whiner, but the numbers back up his claims: Of the more than 540 games this season going into Wednesday night, there were eight in which one team didn't receive a man advantage. It's happened to the Senators three of those times." [SLAM! Sports]

• The Chief lays out what the reaction should be to Marian Hossa's(notes) first game back at the Joe as a Chicago Blackhawks player: "Did Hossa perform how we needed him to?  No. I believe he was hurt, just like almost every single one of our forwards was, it seems.  Plus our Captain was playing with one nut.  But a healthy Hossa could have carried us to 12." [A2Y]

• Happy anniversary, Mike Milbury shoe beating. [NYT]

• The Royal Half looks at the 10 worst Los Angeles Kings of the last decade. Hint on No. 1: Beach Ball. Seriously, if there are other blogs doing "worst of" lists, send the links over. This one was fun. [The Royal Half]

• The Nashville Predators are still about 1,000 fans on average away from qualifying for NHL revenue sharing, according to internal numbers. [Glennon]

• Interesting story from CNBC about a minor league baseball team selling "win insurance" that references the Pittsburgh Penguins' playoff guarantee from 1987: "They didn't make the playoffs that year, resulting in a reported $500,000 in rebates to fans." [CNBC]

• In a post about Brian Boyle(notes) and Brandon Dubinsky(notes) throwing down at New York Rangers practice, Andrew Gross gets a thoughtful quote from John Tortorella on team philosophy: "We have always talked about playing defense first and when we say defense first, it doesn't mean we're falling back and playing in our end zone. Defense is when you don't have the puck, just being on the right side of the puck. We've gotten better and better on the odd man rushes and that's just being cognizant of being on the right side of the puck." [Ranger Rants]

Michal Neuvirth(notes) is expected to start for the Washington Capitals against Ryan Miller(notes) and the Buffalo Sabres. He's given up 11 goals in three games for the Caps this season. [Capitals Insider]

Philadelphia Flyers winger Ian Laperriere(notes) on getting booed by Philly fans: "That's what's great about Philly. They let you know when they're happy with you and they let you know when they're not happy with you. If you can't take that, you're in the wrong business." Wondering what he'll say when the batteries start showing up ... [Philly.com]

• Oh noes! The Winter Classic Create-a-Float contest deadline has passed! Luckily, BD Gallof made the cut with his Canucks parade.

• Former NHL goon Krzysztof Oliwa going MMA? [Puck Central]

• Two Burnaby men are facing charges after causing a disturbance at a Vancouver Canucks hockey game. [Burnaby Now]

• Ouch: New Jersey Devils defenseman Paul Martin(notes) will miss another month after surgery, but Lou Lamoriello doesn't believe that will affect his selection for Team USA. Which probably says more about the American blue line than it does about Martin. [Fire & Ice]

• Speak of the Devils, John Grigg ranks the Marty Brodeur records, and places his wins over his shutouts. Interesting, thought logical. By the way, NHL.com named Marty Brodeur its MVP of the decade. We're assuming this is the Hart and not the Conn Smythe. [THN]

• The struggles for the Las Vegas Wranglers, on the ice and in the books. [Review Journal]

• Stephen Brunt, author of "Gretzky's Tears," joins Gunaxin for their podcast. Hopefully posting a review of that book soon. [Gunaxin]

• William Houston, chatting with Pierre McGuire about how he approaches world juniors coverage: "The biggest thing is not to be a cheerleader." BWAHAHAHAHAHA! [Truth and Rumours]

• Donde esta Phil Kessel's(notes) A-game? [Slam]

• Finally, George Parros's(notes) blog reveals the incredible artwork of Anaheim Ducks teammates Corey Perry(notes) and Ryan Getzlaf(notes), drawing walruses. [LA Times, via Cody Haggerty]

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