The Tampa Bay Lightning are currently the bookies’ favourite to take 2022’s Stanley Cup (sorry Carl). Having already done the double by lifting the 2020 and 2021 Cup, a third consecutive cup would be a massive achievement for Jon Cooper and his team. I can’t remember the last time a team won three consecutive cups whereas there’s been a few doubles in the last few decades. So how rare is the threepeat? Let’s take a look: The Pre 1915 Era The first team to maybe do the triple was the Montreal Hockey Club of the Amateur Hockey Association of Canada. Kind of. Montreal’s first winRead More →

Did you know that the NHL hosted an outdoor game this weekend? Us either! Following the Russian invasion, the IIHF has banned Russia and Belarus from all events moving forward. Was it the right move by the organization? Last week Nick started a debate about Jonathan Bernier. This week, the debate is finished: Was he ever the worst goalie on the team? (See below for all of the details!) The Ottawa Senators are the latest team welcomed into the Elimination Station. But the guys have hope for the future. Lastly, we pick the Pavel Bure Must Watch Games of the Week. Pick the score ofRead More →

It’s the holiday season and we here at the 4th Line are in a giving mood. We figured we’d share this generosity with the NHL teams and bring a little joy in these turbulent times. As we’re still negotiating a 4th Line merch deal, let’s see what else Santa Gritty has under the tree in the Pacific Division: Anaheim Ducks Shooter Tutors: Anaheim’s mightiest Ducks don’t need all that much from Santa Claus, they’re heading into the break second in the division. With the practice facilities closed, the team might want to add some Shooter Tutors to their Christmas List. The Ducks have lost moreRead More →

When the Tim Peel news broke, my immediate reaction was one of shock and surprise. Not that game management and make-up calls happen, but that this was somehow a surprise to a lot of people. Game management by officials has been part of the sport for a long, long time and while there’s an argument that it shouldn’t be, there’s a stronger argument that it should. Embed from Getty Images In a sport where every game is televised, officials are more under the microscope than ever before. Slow motion, multi-angle replays allow every call/missed call to be analyzed in minute detail. Often conveniently ignoring theRead More →

NHL hockey is back, and at time of writing has yet to be postponed/cancelled. With the divisional shakeups, we wanted to look at what the most exciting match-up is in each division. Which series of games will be most entertaining to watch? Which old rivalries have been reignited? Let’s take a look: North Division Edmonton Oilers vs Calgary Flames The Battle of Alberta is the most fierce of all hockey rivalries, in Alberta. Since October 1980, the Edmonton Oilers have been duking it out with the slightly more westerly Calgary Flames. For the record Calgary have the edge historically, and mostly battered the Oilers lastRead More →

What would you get if the Atlantic and Metropolitan divisions had a baby? It’s the East division! With the Christmas holidays wrapping up and a brand new NHL season approaching faster than Santa’s sleigh, let’s review what the teams of the ‘North’ division had asked for from St. Nick, hoping something good under their hockey stick tree. Boston Bruins On the Christmas List: The Next Torey Krug After nine seasons in Boston, big-time blue-liner Torey Krug upped and left for St. Louis. This leaves a big hole for the Bruins to fill as Krug is not great in front of his goalie, but also handy withRead More →