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 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 →

The NHL took a stand against racism this week. Eventually. After playing on a day when many leagues boycotted games in support of of Black Lives Matter, the NHL took two days off to make a statement. Did the players and the league do the right thing?   Kasperi Kapanen was traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Which isn’t surprising. What Pittsburgh gave up was! The Arizona Coyotes were punished for illegal training of junior players. Was the penalty too much? Every series is currently at 3-1. Can any of these teams make it back? Does Boston miss Tuukka Rask moreRead More →

Carl is back and trying to learn from Nick’s podcasting skills.   Todd Reirden was fired as the head coach of the Washington Capitals. Who is next? What else will the Capitals do this offseason? Will Braden Holtby return? Rumors are starting to surface about what the NHL bubble might look like next season. Marc Andre Fleury’s agent Allan Walsh posted quite the picture of Fleury being stabbed in the back. Yikes! The 2nd round of the playoffs is under way and we look at things such as: – Carter Hart has been next level. – Carl and Nick play a game of Seguin vs.Read More →

Half way through the first round of the NHL playoffs, a special guest joins the show! Carl has abandoned Nick and Erin Ambrose,  EA Sports NHL20 Bracket Challenge finalist and Team Canada National Program member, fills in for him. Erin tells us about her pre-game routine and her path through women’s hockey. She is also a member of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) and shares the great work happening with the organization to grow and promote women’s hockey. They break down the NHL playoffs looking at each series including: – reviewing how their series picks are working out so far – Tuukka RaskRead More →

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 →