NHL Blog Beat – December 28, 2013.

Top 10 saves of 2013, the 10 most-blatant defensive meltdowns of the year, how shorter nets are making wraparound attempts easier, the awfulness of the NHL Network, and more.

Does Chris Kunitz belong on Team Canada?

Does Chris Kunitz belong on Team Canada?

YAHOO! SPORTS: Sean Leahy with the top tens hockey saves of the season, while Ryan Lambert doesn’t think it’s a good idea for Chris Kunitz to follow linemate Sidney Crosby to the Sochi Olympics.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne lists the ten most-blatant NHL defensive meltdowns of 2013.

SB NATION: Evan Sporer on how wraparound attempts are made easier by the NHL’s shorter nets.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Dallas Guzzwell on nine fantasy players which gave him pause in 2013.

GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier looks back on the night Gordie Howe was nearly killed during a Red Wings-Maple Leafs game.

FAN IQ: Patrick Hoffman explains why Henrik Lundqvist, Rick Nash and Derek Stepan must step up for the Rangers.

RAW CHARGE: Cassie McClellan looks at in-arena hockey game distractions.

AWFUL ANNOUNCING: Steve Lepore lists excellent reasons why the NHL Network is awful.