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• Via TSN, the "lost" poem of Roberto Luongo, in which the Vancouver Canucks goalie spins prose about The Green Men of Vancouver and their uncomfortably revealing outfits. [TSN; and witness his previous poem here.]

• REMINDER: Our new contest is underway. Your NHL Holiday Greeting Cards and Songs to puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com, please.

Alex Ovechkin(notes) is now a spokesmodel for Gillette, which means he needs to shed his Neanderthallic image and remain clean-shaven. From Dan Levy: "Seriously, he might think about using the razor on the entire head and staring from scratch. It couldn't hurt." [Press Coverage]

• Alexei Kovalev: Fourth-liner. [Ottawa Sun]

• Lou Lamoriello gives New Jersey Devils coach John MacLean a vote of confidence, and that the team is "staying the course." From Lou: "I don't think anybody feels good about the way we stand and right now it's not something that anybody is going to panic about. We, very simplistically, have to work our way out of it. We can't just do it by hard work. We have to not worry about anything other than what our roles are and do it together." [Fire & Ice]

• In praise of Sidney Crosby(notes): "What he has invented on and off the ice throughout the Pittsburgh Penguins organization is unordinary, and much more important than what Gretzky stood for six years into his career." [Everything Pittsburgh]

• Is Willie Mitchell's(notes) return to the Los Angeles Kings sooner than expected? [LA Kings Insider]

• Steven Kampfer is called up from the AHL and paired with Dennis Seidenberg(notes), as the fear is that Mark Stuart(notes) has a broken hand for the Boston Bruins. [ESPN Boston]

• Comcast SportsNet Northern California begins a "Drop The DISH" campaign for San Jose Sharks and Sacramento Kings fans as the network's dispute with DISH Network escalates. [Sharkspage]

• Brilliance from Down Goes Brown on a hockey fan's guide to modern TV technology: "Problem: I recorded my favourite team's game and decided to watch all their goals, fights and big hits, but I ended up just fast forwarding and fast forwarding until the game was over." "Solution: Stop cheering for the Ottawa Senators." [DGB

• Dangerous Hockey had taken the fight to Matthew Barnaby, getting no less an authority as ESPN Customer Care on the case. [DH]

Steve Sullivan(notes) of the Nashville Predators on facing the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday night: "They are the benchmark everyone shoots for. ... When everyone looks and says, 'How good do you have to be?' You have to beat Detroit." [Tennessean]

• On Logan Couture's(notes) outstanding play for the San Jose Sharks: "Hopefully, Logan Couture can continue his stellar play, and help lead this team back to a land where a two game winning streak is not impossibility.  That being said, we cannot have the Sharks' veterans sitting idly by and looking to Couture as some sort of savior." [Blades of Teal]

• Here we go again: Dallas Stars Kari Lehtonen(notes) has some "tightness in his lower body" and will not face the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night. [Dallas Stars Blog]

• What Shooting Percentage Tells Us About Ilya Kovalchuk(notes). [Puck Stops Here]

• Kitchener Rangers Jason Akeson scored a game-winning goal in pretty spectacular fashion Tuesday night. 

• Speaking of YouTube goals: Linus Omark(notes) has been called up by the Edmonton Oilers. [Oilers]

Scott Hannan's(notes) being asked to play a big role in filling in for the injured Jeff Schultz(notes) for the Washington Capitals. [Capitals Insider]

• Sea Bass on Milan Lucic(notes): "When he gets thinking about doing too much out there, that's when he gets himself into trouble. He's just got to remember his skill set is different than a lot of other players in the league. It's just not as flashy as some other players, but it certainly creates some room and opportunities for himself and his linemates." [THN]

• BREAKING: Teams that win draw more fans than when they lose. [From The Rink]

• Finally, via Alex I. one of the single greatest hockey commercials in the history of all-time ever: "Charlotte Checkers Michal Jordan(notes), Mike Murphy(notes) and Riley Nash(notes) show us how to use the Perfect Fit Button from TeleBrands. More than $20,000 in products will be given away to the first 2,000 fans at Friday's game against the Hershey Bears."

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