With the WHL season over, we look back at the finals between the Raiders and the Giants and how to break the curse of the WHL champions in the Memorial Cup. We also explore the draft prospects from the WHL in this weekend’s NHL draft. Where will goalies like Dustin Wolf and Mads Sogaard go? And in what order will Bowen Byram, Kirby Dach, Dylan Cozens and Peyton Krebs go? Matt Savoie has signed with the Winnipeg ICE. But how much will he play and what will it mean for the team? All this and more on The 4th Line WHLCast #14! The4thLinePodcast.com Twitter: twitter.com/4thLinePodcast Facebook: facebook.com/the4thlinepodcastRead More →

Congratulations to the St. Louis Blues on winning the 2019 Stanley Cup! We take a look back at Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final and re-live the season that was in the NHL, including Ryan O’Reilly‘s Conn Smythe victory. The NHL Awards are this Wednesday, so we look at who should win the Calder, Jack Adams, Vezina, Norris and Hart trophies. And while we’re at it, we make the plan for Mighty Ducks 4. What has Charlie Conway been up to since we last saw him? Erik Karlsson re-signed with the San Jose Sharks while Jordan Eberle stays with the New York Islanders. WhoRead More →

Surely there are lots of Carl’s in the NHL. It’s a popular enough name, isn’t it? Turns out there aren’t. There have been so few, that we can take a look at and get to know most of the different Carl’s that have tried to earn a living in the NHL: Carl Brewer Blueliner Carl Brewer played 604 games in the NHL, mostly for his home town team the Toronto Maple Leafs. The four-time all-star lifted the Stanley Cup three times with Toronto (1962, 63 & 64) and was even inducted into the Finnish Hall of Fame. Aside from some time in Finland, the WHARead More →

The Stanley Cup Finals are going to a seventh game. GAME 7! But first…. how did we get there? Tyler Bozak got away with a trip. Zdeno Chara broke his jaw. Ivan Barbashev got suspended. Tuukka Rask played next level. And then it all came down to 1 game. What can be expected from Game 7? Ticket prices are expensive. (You should use SeatGiant.ca and promo code ‘apn’ to fix that!) How far would we go to pay for sport? Jeff Skinner signed a contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres. For $9 million a season. For 8 years. Is that too much for too long?Read More →

With the Stanley Cup Final well under way, we break down how the Bruins got a 2-1 lead and what the St. Louis Blues need to do to get back in the series. (Hint: Grow a penalty kill and stop taking penalties) The Kelly Cup is missing! Actually, they know exactly where it is. The Colorado Eagles have taken off with the trophy. How do you manage to steal a league’s trophy and get away with it? We also learn what a Swamp Rabbit is. With the NHL draft coming up, who can be expected to be taken where? Obviously, the Boston Bruins and St.Read More →

While the NHL was preparing for the Stanley Cup Final; on the other side of the world, Finland were victorious in the IIHF World Championship final. The Finns won gold for only the third time, with victory over Canada. Russia beat the Czech Republic in the bronze medal game. Well done Team Finland, and to every team that took part, you provided a nice distraction for those of us whose teams didn’t make the playoffs. Embed from Getty Images Therein lies the problem. Unless your team is in the hunt for Lord Stanley’s mug, there’s nothing really else for your team to play for. Sure, there’sRead More →

After a trip to the west coast, the 4th Line is back and ready to preview the Stanley Cup Final. What can be expected as the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues meet in a matchup 49 years in the making? Will officiating be improved for the final series of the NHL playoffs? Nick has a variety of facts to prepare everyone for the series. With the San Jose Sharks eliminated, what will the future hold? Pending free agents Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and some not named Joe, like Erik Karlsson and Gustav Nyqvist, leave a variety of outcomes in San Jose. Will Phil KesselRead More →

‘Who will hoist the cup?’ NHL.com proudly asks as it promotes it’s TV service. Well Uncle Gary, I hope for your sake it’s the St. Louis Blues because who really cares about a Sharks-Bruins final? Aside from Sharks and Bruins fans. Obviously. This post-season has been dominated by two talking points. Firstly the officiating, which has been discussed and critiqued ad-nauseum. Secondly, the giant-killing comedy of the Carolina Hurricanes. Embed from Getty Images They took the reigning champions Washington to a game-seven decider then blew away the Islanders in a clean sweep to reach the Eastern Conference final. Alas it wasn’t to be. The StormRead More →