If you thought the National Hockey League would go quietly into the Las Vegas desert after the award show you’re sadly mistaken. Some of the 4th Line writers got together and looked at some pending unrestricted free agents and what may be the best/most logical fit for them when free agency opens on July 1st.  Without further ado… Joe Thornton – Joe A 37 year old veteran may not seem like a hot commodity but when it comes to “Jumbo” Joe Thornton there will be a feeding frenzy. The smart move here would be for teams to try and sign him to a one yearRead More →

It’s that time of year again and it’s time for the age old debate. Does Chris Osgood deserve to be selected into the Hockey Hall Of Fame? The easy response is no. It’s been three years since Osgood became eligible and it hasn’t happen yet. I’m here to tell you the correct answer is yes. Embed from Getty Images Chris Osgood was drafted 54th overall in the third round of the 1991 NHL entry draft. He made his NHL debut during the 1993-1994 season playing 41 games. In the that span Osgood went 23-8-5 recording a 2.86 GAA and a .895 SV%. Chris Osgood’s firstRead More →

It’s been 26 years since the Detroit Red Wings have had a top ten draft pick. In 1991 the Wings selected Martin Lapointe at number ten. Lapointe retired from the NHL nine years ago and his son just committed to the University of Michigan.  Needless to say, stress levels in Hockeytown are high and a new era is about to begin. Embed from Getty Images Michael Rasmussen Standing at 6’6, 215 lbs the Detroit Red Wings selected Michael Rasmussen with the 9th pick of the 2017 NHL entry draft. Rasmussen from Surrey, BC Canada is an 18 year old centerman from the WHL’s Tri-city Americans.Read More →

Memorial Day tribute to our fallen heroes Embed from Getty Images World War One Its been 103 years since the start of World War One. 175,347 American and Canadian military personal died during the deadliest conflict in human history. WWI began in 1914 after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and lasted until 1918. Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire (Central Powers) fought against Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Japan and the United States (Allied Powers). Many soon to be or current NHL players put their career on hold to serve in the war. Oddly enough very few actually died during the war.Read More →

Jump into the 4th Line time machine and let’s take a ride into hockey’s storied past. May 16th, 1996 – Double OT Thriller The Detroit Red Wings would finish the regular season 62-13-7, with the Presidents trophy in hand and the clear favorite to go all the way. The Wings would have a disappointing post season. Detroit would take a 4-2 series win against the Winnipeg Jets. This would set up a Western Conference Semi Final against division rival St. Louis Blues. Detroit would take each of the first two contests, with a respective score of 3-2 and 8-3. The Red Wings were flying highRead More →

Jump into the 4th Line time machine and let’s take a ride into hockey’s storied past. Embed from Getty Images May 8th, 1988 – Yellow Sunday Its game 4 of the 1988 Prince of Wales Conference Finals. The New Jersey Devils face off against the Boston Bruins at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ. The following night Devils coach Jim Schoenfeld got into a verbal altercation with referee Don Koharski. This all happened to be caught on tape by a local cameraman. Schoenfeld words were heard all over NYC.  Schoenfeld was later suspended and banded from the bench during game 4. The DevilsRead More →

Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins This is what the hockey world dreams about. Two of the worlds best players, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin square off in a battle for the ages. The Capitals enter the second round after fighting off a young but exciting Toronto Maple Leafs in 6 games. Washington is coming off its second Presidents trophy in a row and the favorites to finally take home Lord Stanley. Sidney Crosby will have something to say about that, as he has many times before. The Penguins are 8-1 all time in the playoffs  versus the Capitals. This series will be as physical asRead More →

Predators vs Blues The wait is over, hockey is finally back. Tonight, we kick off the NHL’s second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a shockingly, but deserving game, between the Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues. Nashville stunned the hockey world with a sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks, who many thought would make a run for its 4th cup in seven years. Embed from Getty Images The Blues took care of business fairly easily with a 4-1 series victory over the Minnesota Wild, who stumbled at the worst time. Nashville has never advanced to the conference finals in franchise history, the Blues willRead More →