The Stanley Cup Final is here and so are the ever evolving rules for Nick’s hockey pool. The Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning meet up in the 2020 Stanley Cup Final. Who is the favorite and how do they match up? And will Steven Stamkos play? (Please play.) Gary Bettman spoke about next season. Will we get to play hockey next year? Alex Pietrangelo and the St. Louis Blues are at odds at contract negotiations. Where does he end up? Eric Staal and Marcus Johansson were swapped between Buffalo and Minnesota. Is the VP of Business Development doing good work in Buffalo? The mainRead More →

The Stanley Cup Finals are almost here and these playoffs are getting canasty! The Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning are both up 3-1. Again. Will this round see more blown 3-1 leads? We look at who are the Conn Smythe (playoff MVP) favorites for each of the remaining teams in the bubble. Can a defenseman win it for a change? (Inspired by articles from the writing team at The4thLinePodcast.com). Geoff Ward is back as the coach of the Calgary Flames. But what will his roster look like next season? Bruce Cassidy won the Jack Adams Award, while Lou Lamoriello won the GM of the YearRead More →

The New York Islanders are a long way from their storied years four straight Stanley Cups, but this version of the Isles are hoping to add another chapter to that book. Looking to make their way back to the Stanley Cup final, they will need to beat a red hot Tampa Bay Lightning team, but with Barry Trotz’s system, they can extinguish that flame. Embed from Getty Images Front Runner: Mathew Barzal No John Tavares? No problem. Picking up the talismanic role of the franchise, Barzal has done just that in these Stanley Cup playoffs. From his skill and his skating to his leadership on theRead More →

Looking to avenge their loss in the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals to the Chicago Blackhawks the revenge tour has brought the bolts against some familiar opponents. Remember the Lightning’s unceremonial ejection from last year’s playoffs against the Columbus Blue Jackets? Everyone remembers. Division rival and this year’s president trophy-winning Boston Bruins? Check. Now facing the New York Islanders this team will once again have to prove they have not forgotten the lessons of the past. Front Runner: Embed from Getty Images Andrei Vasilevskiy The big cat is on the prowl for some silverware. Known as one of the quietest players in the Tampa Bay LightningRead More →

The NHL Conference Finals are here! Before we look forward, we look back at the multiple Game 7’s that defined the 2nd round. How did Carl handle the defeat of his Colorado Avalanche? What do the Canucks do with Jacob Markstrom and Thatcher Demko? Should the Flyers make roster changes to fix their funk? Looking ahead to the finals, will “suffocating” be the key word defining this series? It just might be! Also, will Steven Stamkos ever get a chance to play in a big game? Ryan Reaves was suspended one game for his hit on Tyler Motte. Did the NHL DoPS finally get oneRead More →