The NHL headed to Lake Tahoe and we discovered Gary Bettman’s true nemesis: the sun! With the ice melting in Lake Tahoe, was the outdoor by the lake experience a good one and should the NHL do it again? Accusations have been made against Artemi Panarin. What is next for the New York Rangers’ forward? The Nashville Predators have essentially placed the entire team on the track block. What can they expect to get and who legitimately could be dealt? Nico Hischier was named the captain of the New Jersey Devils. Was this the right choice? As the Chicago Blackhawks keep winning, we  wonder ifRead More →

A new week and another set of great games happened in the NHL! Alex Galchenyuk was traded TWICE this week. Did that satisfy Nick’s desire for a trade? Ron Hextall was hired as the General Manger of the Philadelphia Flyers. At the same time, Brian Burke was hired as the President of Hockey Operations. What does the mean for the future of the organization? There are rumored changes to the NHL draft lottery. What changes would make for a better draft lottery? It’s time for some Buy and Sell, featuring the Montreal Canadiens, Joe Pavelski and Marc-Andre Fleury. The New Jersey Devils enter the EliminationRead More →

The Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Bluejackets entered unprecedented territory this week, featuring an offside challenge. Did the league make the right choice? As the NHL sees the number of players in COVID protocol rise, they are looking to see what they can do to get things under control. Is there an easy answer? Patrik Laine made his debut for the Columbus Bluejackets this week. Was he everything they’d hoped for? The Vancouver Canuck are struggling. What’s next for the club? And will they listen to our advise immediately? The Los Angeles Kings enter the Elimination Station. With the battle for the basement taking place inRead More →

The NHL has another round of COVID postponements, including the Vegas Golden Knights, Buffalo Sabres and the New Jersey Devils. The Sabres are upset about how they got into the COVID protocol situation. Do they have a right to be? Jim Rutherford is out as the GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins. What is next for the organization? Kevin Fiala was suspended for his hit on Matt Roy. Was it worthy of 3 games? The New York Rangers have a problem in the person of Tony DeAngelo. How did it get this far and where do they go from here? The Detroit Red Wings have beenRead More →

Patrik Laine and Pierre-Luc Dubois finally got new homes! Which team won the trade and will the new teams be a breath of fresh air for them both? The Carolina Hurricanes are the latest team suffering from COVID delays. With how things are going, is it likely that every team can play all 56 games? The Washington Capitals were fined for COVID related infractions. Was the fine appropriate? The look back on the week that was for the Vegas Golden Knights has us explore the captaincy of Mark Stone and the goaltending tandem of Marc-Andre Fleury and Robin Lehner. The Elimination Station is back! WhichRead More →

The 2021 NHL Season is here! Jakub Voracek did not hide his feelings during a press conference this week. How can we get more of this in the NHL? The rookies are here! How have Alexis Lafreniere and Tim Stützle fared? And who is Kirill Kaprizov? With such a small sample size, which opening week performances are we buying and selling? Steven Stamkos leading the league in scoring? The Minnesota Wild being undefeated? Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders not giving up goals? Juuse Saros finally having the job with the Nashville Predators? We also debut a new segment called “Nick’s Lidstrom”, where weRead More →

The NHL season starts this week. THIS IS NOT A TEST! THE NHL SEASON STARTS THIS WEEK! Gary Bettman won’t say exactly how much money the NHL will lose this year, but the answer starts with a B. A Bettman of Money? The NHL season already has been impacted with COVID-19, as the Dallas Stars are delayed. How will this impact other teams? Mathew Barzal has signed an extension with the New York Islanders. Mike Hoffman also officially signed with the St. Louis Blues. How long can we expect deals of this caliber to be the norm? The NHL is planning outdoor games in Lake Tahoe.Read More →

This week on The 4th Line Hockey Podcast, with the NHL almost back, it’s time to preview the Central division! But first, an update to an octopus news story from early 2020. The NHL has modified the offside rule. Will it be for the better? Zdeno Chara has signed with the Washington Capitals, but who will fill his vacancy with the Boston Bruins? Pierre-Luc Dubois signed an extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets, but is apparently still not happy with the club. Will he find his way out? Jonathon Toews is out for the Chicago Blackhawks, leaving an unfortunate and unexpected hole at center. TheRead More →

The NHL season nears and we start the divisional previews this week. The Ottawa Senators are wheeling and dealing leading up to the start of the season. They started by picking up Derek Stepan from the Arizona Coyotes and followed that up by getting Braydon Coburn, Cedric Paquette and a 2nd round pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Marian Gaborik and Anders Nilsson. Who was the winner in each of these deals? With the round robin of the World Junior Hockey Championships we look in to see if teams are doing too much by running up the score and see what upsets have happenedRead More →

This week we preview actual games that will be happening! GAMES! OF HOCKEY! The NHL has announced their plan for the 2021 season. We review all of the changes including: – the timeline for the season – the new divisions, increased divisional play and changes to the playoffs – teams playing in new cities, with some cities allowing fans – taxi squads, three goalies and the death of the emergency backup goalie Nikita Kucherov might start the year on the injured reserve for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Is this a blessing in disguise for their cap woes? Henrik Lundqvist is unable to play for theRead More →