Advice for hockey players, NHL’s most watchable teams, 10 biggest NHL mistakes of 2013, etiquette tips for hockey fans and much more in today’s collection of hockey blogging goodness.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Tannor Torrao believes Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is proving he’s worth his contract extension by keeping the injury-ravaged club competitive, Bill Schoeninger with hockey fan etiquette tips, Kenneth MacMillan looks back on the Pierre Gauthier era in Montreal and Ryan Pike lists seven candidates for the Calgary Flames vacant post of general manager.

One of the top NHL images of 2013.

One of the top NHL images of 2013.

PUCK DADDY: Jen Neale lists the ten worst NHL mistakes of 2013, Greg Wyshynski lists the ten greatest hockey images of 2013 and Ryan Lambert is of two minds on Alex Steen’s new contract with the Blues.

BACKHAND SHELF: Lambert also weighs in on the reaction to Brad Marchand’s recent taunting of the Canucks and their fans, while Justin Bourne has some advice for hockey players.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe lists the most watchable teams in the NHL right now plus has a cool “Venn Diagram of Hockey Hatred“.

HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Marc Dumont believes the criticism of Max Pacioretty “sword-sheathing” goal celebration is much ado about nothing.

THE CANNON: Mike MacLean believes it’s time for the Columbus Blue Jackets to make their playoff push.

NOTE: The next Blog Beat update will be Monday, December 30. Merry Christmas.

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