NHL Blog Beat – December 17, 2013.

10 greatest games of 2013, Sharks and Bruins Christmas videos, analysis of Martin St. Louis, Ryan Johansen, Scottie Upshall and much more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness.

PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski lists the 10 greatest games of 2013, plus links to the hilarious Sharks and Bruins Christmas videos.

Even without Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis keeps playing well.

Even without Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis keeps playing well.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe reviews the NHL weekend action and news, while over at his DOWN GOES BROWN blog, he has the (satirical) “top  secret” transcripts of Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke interviewing potential GM candidates.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Chris Wassel examines why the absence of Steven Stamkos hasn’t adversely affect Martin St. Louis’ performance.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne reviews the opening episode of this season’s HBO 24/7: Road To The Winter Classic.

RAW CHARGE: Why NHL GMs are giving big contracts to starting goalies.

THE SPORTS BANK: Ed Cmar on the ascent of Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen.

LITTER BOX CATS: Kevin Kraczkowski on the redemption of Scottie Upshall.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Peter Chau hopes Northlands Coliseum gets a fond farewell.