The Qualifying Round is over and it’s time for the real playoffs to begin! With the preliminary round over, Nick is frenzied. Between talk about: – permanently expanding the playoffs – Bob McKenzie retiring – Dale Tallon and the Florida Panthers parting ways – the New York Rangers winning the draft lottery he is ready for things to calm down. Every matchup is previewed looking at what we think will happen and what we want to happen. Nick also tries to get Carl frenzied by discussing his hopes for the Avalanche. We also crown the Hi Sticking winner and select a random winner too! AllRead More →

The NHL postseason is here! We review all of the action from the first two days of the NHL playoffs, including: What is hockey like without fans? Is the intensity of regular playoffs still possible? Do the round robin games have any intensity? The Matt Dumba diversity speech and the Hockey Diversity Alliance. Mark Scheifele‘s injury at the hands of Matthew Tkachuk. Was there intent to it? Drake Caggiula was suspended 1 game for his hit on Tyler Ennis. Was it a fair suspension? There was a trend of a lot of penalties being called. Was it deserving? Will the trend continue? Will any ofRead More →

The NHL has arrived in the bubble! But first, Wayne wants your help. Be a part of the future of waynesdryrub.com and share your recipes with us to put on the blog! What is life like in the NHL bubble? How will the NHL media be covering the game while the playoffs happen? The Seattle Kraken are the newest team to the NHL. How did the announcement set the tone for their future? John Chayka “quit” as the GM of the Arizona Coyotes, leading to a bitter public discourse about it. Why all the drama? This week we preview the Western Conference playoffs, including: WhichRead More →

The NHL playoffs are almost here and that means that it’s time to preview the Eastern Conference Play in round!  The NHL released the latest COVID-19 test results. Has the NHL done all that they can to keep the players and staff safe? The Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers will play a round robin tournament to warm up. What can be expected from this tournament? With 4 best of 5 matchups happening, we look at: Are Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins finally healthy enough? Which goalie will start for the New York Rangers? Can Sergei Bobrovsky return toRead More →

Training camps are back and so are we!   The NHL officially announced the plan for Phase 3 and 4 of their return to play, as well as a CBA extension, which means Olympics and escrow! Phase 3 of the NHL Return to Play has begun, which means training camp, players opting out and a look towards the the qualifying round which is both playoffs and not playoffs at the same time! The Vancouver Canucks wanted Tyler Toffoli. Which apparently will cost them Brock Boeser. Lindy Ruff is the new head coach of the New Jersey Devils. Why though? The final Quarantine Corner is hereRead More →

The NHL Draft Lottery is here! With the Detroit Red Wings having the best odds at the first overall pick. How does Nick handle the outcome? Kevyn Adams was named the GM of the Buffalo Sabres. But why did the front office changes even happen? The Hockey Hall of Fame welcomed Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Kim St-Pierre, Ken Holland, Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson to their ranks. Were they all worthy? As players begin to return ahead of training camp opening July 10, how much do the fans deserve to know about players’ health? All this and more on episode 285 of the 4th LineRead More →

With a couple weeks away from the show, The 4th Line is back! Phase 1 of the NHL return to work has started! So we can be excited, right? Well, it led to players and staff testing positive for COVID. So, can the league do this? Vegas has been selected as one of the hub cities for the NHL playoffs. Who else is on the table as a hub city? What makes Vegas a good choice? What could NHL broadcasts look like with no fans in the arena? The choices are endless! The Quarantine Corner takes us to the barber shop! All this and moreRead More →

The NHL has actual news, so we’re back!   With a weird NHL playoff coming, should there be an asterisk next to it? And more importantly, how do you say asterisk? There are multiple questions to be had about playoff seeding. Is this the best way? And if the seeding isn’t confusing enough, wait until we try to explain the NHL draft lottery! Is Stevie Nick happy with the results for his Red Wings? What about conditional draft picks? What happens with them? With the NHL clamoring for content, we have ideas! The Quarantine Corner brings us to the world of mascots! Who is theRead More →

We are back and there is news in the NHL!   The 24 team NHL playoff format has been announced, if it’s possible to happen. With 24 teams in it, who are the winners and losers of this setup? Is it a fair setup? What would the first round of the playoffs look like? The return to play procedures have been announced as well. What will hockey look like when it return? The NHL draft has some more rumors. Are they worth believing? We enter the Quarantine Corner looking at dog walkers, moving to a new country and changing dates. All this and more onRead More →

The NHL continues to near decisions. We might have news soon! The NHL Board of Governors met this week to discuss the options surrounding the NHL draft and the options for the remainder of the NHL season.  What will the draft look like? Is it fair and equitable? What are some of the potential options for returning to play? The Quarantine Corner is back with questions about beards, mullets, your worst moments and how to find hope in a dark place called “Ottawa”. Make sure to send us your quarantine questions at mail@the4thlinepodcast.com! All this and more on episode 280 of the 4th Line HockeyRead More →