NHL Hockey starts tomorrow. Just let that sink in for a moment. Tomorrow. The nightmare that is the preseason is over and we can look forward to proper, competitive hockey. But first we still need to preview the Winnipeg Jets. Over the last 31 days we’ve previewed every team, yesterday it was the Washington Capitals, now it’s the turn the Jets; the Central Division’s second most irrelevant team. 2016/17 record: 40/35/7 Key additions: Dmitry Kulikov, Matt Hendricks, Steve Mason Key losses: Chris Thorburn, Ondrej Pavelec, Paul Postma 2017/18 prediction: No playoff hockey for the Jets this season. Embed from Getty Images The Winnipeg Jets have come a long wayRead More →

We’re less than 31 days away from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Today we continue to dive into the 31 NHL teams in alphabetical order, take a look at their previous standings and upcoming season predictions, as well as their key additions and subtractions. Yesterday was the turn of the Pittsburgh Penguins, today we visit the oldest team (still) in the NHL never to win a Stanley Cup; it’s the St. Louis Blues.   2016/17 record: 46/29/7 Key additions: Brayden Schenn, Beau Bennett, Chris Thorburn Key losses: Jori Lehtera, David Perron, Ryan Reaves, Kevin Shattenkirk, Nail Yakupov? 2017/18 prediction: Out in the second roundRead More →

We’re less than 31 days away from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Today we continue to dive into the 31 NHL teams in alphabetical order, take a look at their previous standings and upcoming season predictions, as well as their key additions and subtractions. Yesterday we looked at the Montreal Canadiens. Today we look at the Nashville Predators who are seeking to return to the finals and win the Stanley Cup. 2016/17 record: 41-29-12= 94 points Key additions: Scott Hartnell, Nick Bonino, Alexi Emelin Key losses: James Neal, Mike Fisher 2017/18 prediction: 47-28-7= 101 points Embed from Getty Images Coming off of a gameRead More →

We’re less than 31 days away from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Today we continue to dive into the 31 NHL teams in alphabetical order, take a look at their previous standings and upcoming season predictions, as well as their key additions and subtractions. Yesterday we looked at the LA Kings, today we travel into the wilds of Minnesota to look at what we can expect from the Wild. 2016-17 record: 49-25-8=106 Key additions: Matt Cullen, Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno Key losses: Marco Scandella, Jason Pominville, Erik Haula 2017-18 prediction: 48-27-7=103 Embed from Getty Images Heading into the 2017-2018 season, the Minnesota Wild areRead More →

The NHL is less than 31 days away from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Over this period we’re diving into the 31 NHL teams in alphabetical order, take a look at their previous standings and upcoming season predictions, as well as their key additions and subtractions. As we continue our way through the alphabet, we’re taking a look today at Dallas, a team that we definitely didn’t forget about at all. The 4th Line Podcast website is a truly international effort, so we’re gonna blame time zones or something. Here’s the Dallas Stars. 2016/17 record: 34/37/11 Key additions: Marc Methot, Martin Hanzal, Alexander Radulov, Ben Bishop.Read More →

The guys recorded a little early this week, missing out all of the hot PTO signings late in the week. However, they were able to talk about the Flames’ signing of Sam Bennett and preview the Central division. – We learn that starting the show by talking about the Colorado Avalanche is a bad idea if we want Carl to be in a good mood. The Avalanche have to be better than last year (right?), but are they still the worst in the league? – The Dallas Stars have a new goalie (Ben Bishop) and an expensive new winger (Alex Radulov). Can this return themRead More →

The NHL is less than 31 days away from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Over this period we’re diving into the 31 NHL teams in alphabetical order, take a look at their previous standings and upcoming season predictions, as well as their key additions and subtractions. Yesterday we made our first foray into the Central division by looking at the Chicago Blackhawks, today we stay in the Central division and head to Denver, home of the Colorado Avalanche. 2016/17 record: 22/56/4 Key additions: Jonathan Bernier, Nail Yakupov, Alexander Kerfoot. Key losses: Calvin Pickard, Francois Beauchemin, Mikhail Grigorenko 2017 prediction: Serious contender to win the draft lottery. Embed from Getty ImagesRead More →

The NHL is less than 31 days away from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Over this period we’re diving into the 31 NHL teams in alphabetical order, take a look at their previous standings and upcoming season predictions, as well as their key additions and subtractions. Yesterday we looked at Carl’s Carolina Hurricanes. Today we make our first visit to the Central division. It’s time to look at the 2015 Stanley Cup champions; the Chicago Blackhawks. 2016/17 record: 50/23/9 Key additions: Brandon Saad, Anton Forsberg, Connor Murphy. Key losses: Marcus Kruger, Artemi Panarin, Scott Darling, Niklas Hjalmarsson. 2017 prediction: Playoffs, but not a cup contender. Embed from Getty ImagesRead More →

Have you ever seen a transaction so weird that you must have dreamed it, or at least woken up in some sort of parallel universe? That was my first thought when I saw the Colorado Avalanche had signed former number one draft pick Nail Yakupov. Having spent four seasons languishing in Edmonton, Yakupov’s trade to the St. Louis Blues in October 2016 seemed to be the 23 year old’s last chance saloon. His last shot at redemption and avoiding that dreaded ‘draft bust’ label that’s been stalking him. Embed from Getty Images After failing to find regular ice time in St. Louis, Yakupov’s season was eventuallyRead More →