The NHL All Star Weekend is finally over.   We look back at the weekend that was, including: The All Star Skills competition featured two new elements: The Women’s 3-on-3 and the Shooting Stars Competition. Were they a hit? What were the highlights in the rest of the skills competition? In the All-Star Game itself, what was noteworthy? Gary Bettman had his press conference touching on a number of subjects about the future of the NHL, including the Olympics, the CBA and tracking data. Which has us the most excited? And which gives us the most hope? After a hotly contested debate, the San JoseRead More →

The Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche played on recording day, which meant rivalries were renewed as per usual, right? Gerard Gallant was replaced as the head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights and Pete DeBoer immediately replaced him. Gallant was also replaced as the coach of the Pacific Division for the All Star Game by Rick Tocchet. Where will Gallant go next? Nicklas Backstrom signed an extension with the Washington Capitals. Who won the deal? Brad Marchand lost the Boston Bruins a game this week, but was it fair? As Alexander Ovechkin passes Mario Lemieux and continues to move up the all time goalRead More →

Pekka Rinne scored a goal! Which is a Best of the Week worth celebrating. Connor McDavid also scored a slightly more fancy goal! An extra best of the week! With the best(s) of the week under control, Jake Muzzin and Morgan Rielly take home of the Worsts of the Week honors.   Peter Laviolette and Ray Shero were removed by the Nashville Predators and New Jersey Devils respectively. Were these the right moves? Zack Kassian and Matthew Tkachuk had a bruhaha that led to Kassian being suspended for 2 games. How did Tkachuk get away with it as The final members of each All StarRead More →

With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to explore what NHL teams would like to find under the Christmas tree. What would Nick give his Detroit Red Wings and Carl his Colorado Avalanche? Nick wraps up an apology for one team and another got to open their present early. The World Junior Hockey Championships start on Boxing Day, as always. What is expected this year, with Canada looking to rebound, Finland looking to repeat and a tough US team joining in. For this tournament, play Hi Sticking with us by picking 1 forward, 1 defender and 1 goalie and if they put up pointsRead More →

Another week, another coach fired! This time Jim Montgomery was fired for the Dallas Stars for “unprofessional conduct”. Marc Crawford was not fired by the Chicago Blackhawks after he took steps to improve after allegations in early December. And Pete DeBoer was fired for having bad goaltending. Which situation is most likely to lead to success?   Taylor Hall was traded to the Arizona Coyotes. Was the return worth it? And what does it signal for the direction of the New Jersey Devils? Ilya Kovalchuk and the Los Angeles Kings make an appearance in the Worst of the Week. In a return to the EliminationRead More →

With Nick away, it takes three people to replace him. The Calgary Flames, and the NHL as a whole, had a bad week after news of coaches behaving badly happened repeatedly. Thankfully, this news is coming to light. What does it mean for the future of the league? Ryan Pike of Flames Nation and The Sporting News joins us to discuss the week that was for the Flames: the resignation of Bill Peters, the fallout and the future with Geoff Ward. Matthew Dillner, producer of the Dale Jr. Download and lifelong New York Islanders fan, joins us to discuss the New York Islanders’ fantastic season.Read More →

Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray (as if you needed to be reminded of that) helped someone break up over Cameo. Which led us down the rabbit hole of, which NHL’ers can we get to say things? (And also inspires a charitable effort from Nick.) The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #258 – Babcock Fired, Three Suspensions There was also a LOT of big news in the league this week. Mike Babcock was fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs. What can be expected from the Sheldon Keefe Leafs? Where will Babcock end up? Will of the news of locker room treatment impact his future? A collection ofRead More →

Another busy week of hockey and we are back with a break down of all that has happened. But before that, Dan Gable has had a statue of cheese made of him. Which begs several questions: Why? How? What else can you make a statue out of? Who would make a good hockey cheese statue?   The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to lose. What is ailing them and how can this problem be solved? On the flip side, the Dallas Stars have turned things around after being called out by Jim Montgomery. Is this as good as it gets in Dallas? Cory Schneider and IlyaRead More →

On the heels of a controversial weekend off the ice, Carl and Nick are back! The New York Islanders’ winning streak is over. But that doesn’t mean that hope is lost! Heck, they won 10 in a row! Don Cherry has been removed as the host of Coach’s Corner. While that was the right choice, what is next for Hockey Night in Canada segments? Nick’s Detroit Red Wings traded Jacob de la Rose for Robby Fabbri. There are big questions are why this trade happened, such as “What role did Nick play in making it happen?” Nick Foligno was suspended 3 games for his elbowRead More →

On the heels of one of the biggest day in his life, Nick is back with a set of fresh perspectives! Milan Lucic was suspended for two games for his punching of Kole Sherwood. Was it enough? Too much? Why does Lucic somehow stay in the news? Andrei Svechnikov scored the first ever “lacrosse goal” in the NHL, which makes the guys wonder, how can we get more of this? The New York Islanders have won 9 games in a row. How are they doing it though? Dustin Byfuglien and the Winnipeg Jets continue to be at an impasse. Is there any way to mend this relationship movingRead More →