The 4th Line Hockey Podcast is about to broadcast its final episode and it’s time to reflect on the impact the show had on me. In 2015 the show was part of a website that shall not be named, and I was writing for Fansided alongside Alex, whom I met a little earlier when he was late for a wedding or something. The podcast had been out for some years already, hosted by Carl and some other guys whose names I forget but still deserve credit. Anyway, the legend that is Gwen (LGRW!) was my editor, and invited Carl, myself and some others to doRead More →

The NHL offseason is in full swing, and this year goaltending was an issue to be addressed for many GM’s. There was no shortage of moves, panic or otherwise, and a few that left people scratching their head more than when we asked who the new guy coaching Detroit is. Either way some teams made some improvements, some took a gamble, and some just needed somebody to play. With that said, here’s a look at some of the major moves between the pipes. Matt Murray The Sens and Leafs made one of the biggest moves of the offseason, as the Sens sent Matt Murray andRead More →

NHL teams got busy this week as they tried to sign all of the free agents! We start by mapping out Johnny Gaudreau‘s roadtrip from Calgary to Columbus, hitting some highlight along the way. During the journey, we discuss: Patrik Laine and Matthew Tkachuk not signing their RFA deals Max Pacioretty and Brent Burns being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes Cam Talbot going to Ottawa and Matt Murray to Toronto in a pair of goalie swaps Ville Husso, Ben Chiarot, Andrew Copp, David Perron, Olli Määttä and Dominik Kubalik help Steve Yzerman win the offseason Josh Manson, Artturi Lehkonen and Valeri Nichushkin stay with theRead More →

The Stanley Cup Final is here! Let’s find out if Carl is emotionally prepared for it. After making quick work of the Edmonton Oilers, the Colorado Avalanche had to wait to find out their opponent. The Tampa Bay Lightning bounced back after two loses to eliminate the New York Rangers, after a late goal seemed to break their confidence. Was their any way that New York could over come the Tampa forecheck? Nick provides Carl with the help that he needs heading into a stressful Stanley Cup Final. How does one properly prepare for this? We also look at the goalie matchup of Darcy KuemperRead More →

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 →

With the NHL Trade Deadline fast approaching, and TV executives praying for anything of substance to fill air time, we take a look at the 32 teams and what they’re likely to do come deadline day.  Anaheim Ducks Embed from Getty Images Sell – They’ve accrued plenty of up and coming young talent, but are in need of several more pieces to return to their former perennial contender status. They got the ball rolling dealing Josh Manson to Colorado, and have more trade targets on the roster (Lindholm, Rakel), so expect new GM Pat Verbeek to put his stamp on his new squad quickly. DoesRead More →