The 2020 NHL Draft is one of the strongest we have seen in years, and of course, is topped off by Alexis Lafreniere. What those who don’t look in-depth into this class may not realize is how deep this draft is as well. Let’s take a look at some potential ‘under-the-radar’ players in the upcoming entry draft.   Marat Khusnutdinov, C 5’9” / 165 lbs. SKA-1946 St. Petersburg / MHL My December Rank: 10 (Crazy, I know) When I get asked about my favorite players in this draft, Marat Khusnutdinov is always one of the first names that comes to mind. Looking at the smallRead More →

With Nick away, it takes three people to replace him. The Calgary Flames, and the NHL as a whole, had a bad week after news of coaches behaving badly happened repeatedly. Thankfully, this news is coming to light. What does it mean for the future of the league? Ryan Pike of Flames Nation and The Sporting News joins us to discuss the week that was for the Flames: the resignation of Bill Peters, the fallout and the future with Geoff Ward. Matthew Dillner, producer of the Dale Jr. Download and lifelong New York Islanders fan, joins us to discuss the New York Islanders’ fantastic season.Read More →

Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray (as if you needed to be reminded of that) helped someone break up over Cameo. Which led us down the rabbit hole of, which NHL’ers can we get to say things? (And also inspires a charitable effort from Nick.) The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #258 – Babcock Fired, Three Suspensions There was also a LOT of big news in the league this week. Mike Babcock was fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs. What can be expected from the Sheldon Keefe Leafs? Where will Babcock end up? Will of the news of locker room treatment impact his future? A collection ofRead More →

Cherrygate may have dominated headlines and water-cooler talk across Canada (at least until some dude in Toronto also got fired for unrelated shortcomings), but the dust has mostly settled and watching all this from the sidelines has gifted Alex and Mike a different perspective on the whole kerfuffle. Alex: European; lives in Canada Now for all you kids out there who don’t know me- I was not born in the Great White North nor did I grow up playing the great game on ice with my buddies. Originally, I was born in the hockey free Winchester, England a town which didn’t celebrate legends such asRead More →

Another busy week of hockey and we are back with a break down of all that has happened. But before that, Dan Gable has had a statue of cheese made of him. Which begs several questions: Why? How? What else can you make a statue out of? Who would make a good hockey cheese statue?   The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to lose. What is ailing them and how can this problem be solved? On the flip side, the Dallas Stars have turned things around after being called out by Jim Montgomery. Is this as good as it gets in Dallas? Cory Schneider and IlyaRead More →

On the heels of a controversial weekend off the ice, Carl and Nick are back! The New York Islanders’ winning streak is over. But that doesn’t mean that hope is lost! Heck, they won 10 in a row! Don Cherry has been removed as the host of Coach’s Corner. While that was the right choice, what is next for Hockey Night in Canada segments? Nick’s Detroit Red Wings traded Jacob de la Rose for Robby Fabbri. There are big questions are why this trade happened, such as “What role did Nick play in making it happen?” Nick Foligno was suspended 3 games for his elbowRead More →

As the 2019-2020 season begins to unravel, we will be graced with our fair share of on ice events. We’ll see the All Star game in St. Louis, plenty of throwback and alternate jersey nights across the league, and the Winter Classic in Dallas, Texas. The latter has been rapidly growing in popularity over the years, and we get a taste of what this years outdoor excursion will look like.   Background The Nashville Predators will appear in their first NHL Winter Classic along side fellow first timer, the Dallas Stars. The Predators revealed their tarp that takes us back to a time where onlyRead More →

On the heels of one of the biggest day in his life, Nick is back with a set of fresh perspectives! Milan Lucic was suspended for two games for his punching of Kole Sherwood. Was it enough? Too much? Why does Lucic somehow stay in the news? Andrei Svechnikov scored the first ever “lacrosse goal” in the NHL, which makes the guys wonder, how can we get more of this? The New York Islanders have won 9 games in a row. How are they doing it though? Dustin Byfuglien and the Winnipeg Jets continue to be at an impasse. Is there any way to mend this relationship movingRead More →