The NHL took a stand against racism this week. Eventually. After playing on a day when many leagues boycotted games in support of of Black Lives Matter, the NHL took two days off to make a statement. Did the players and the league do the right thing?   Kasperi Kapanen was traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Which isn’t surprising. What Pittsburgh gave up was! The Arizona Coyotes were punished for illegal training of junior players. Was the penalty too much? Every series is currently at 3-1. Can any of these teams make it back? Does Boston miss Tuukka Rask moreRead More →

Another momentous moment for the NHL and they deny themselves. Okay this isn’t ignoring the #Blacklivesmatter movement which fellow 4th liners have covered, this is a chance to grow the game amongst diehard NHL (Chel) fans who buy the game every year. Recognize Greatness with #NHL21 available worldwide October 16th 🏒🎮 Pre-order now 👉 https://t.co/Jw6GQdvPOZ pic.twitter.com/FKCoVdDEJH — EA SPORTS NHL (@EASPORTSNHL) August 24, 2020 Disappointing lack of advancement in play? Probably. Same gameplay with updated graphics and new micropurchase ability? Probably. Yet, these aren’t the biggest issues with this game. No, this is missing out on the opportunity to advertise one of the growing numberRead More →

Carl is back and trying to learn from Nick’s podcasting skills.   Todd Reirden was fired as the head coach of the Washington Capitals. Who is next? What else will the Capitals do this offseason? Will Braden Holtby return? Rumors are starting to surface about what the NHL bubble might look like next season. Marc Andre Fleury’s agent Allan Walsh posted quite the picture of Fleury being stabbed in the back. Yikes! The 2nd round of the playoffs is under way and we look at things such as: – Carter Hart has been next level. – Carl and Nick play a game of Seguin vs.Read More →

Half way through the first round of the NHL playoffs, a special guest joins the show! Carl has abandoned Nick and Erin Ambrose,  EA Sports NHL20 Bracket Challenge finalist and Team Canada National Program member, fills in for him. Erin tells us about her pre-game routine and her path through women’s hockey. She is also a member of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) and shares the great work happening with the organization to grow and promote women’s hockey. They break down the NHL playoffs looking at each series including: – reviewing how their series picks are working out so far – Tuukka RaskRead More →

The Qualifying Round is over and it’s time for the real playoffs to begin! With the preliminary round over, Nick is frenzied. Between talk about: – permanently expanding the playoffs – Bob McKenzie retiring – Dale Tallon and the Florida Panthers parting ways – the New York Rangers winning the draft lottery he is ready for things to calm down. Every matchup is previewed looking at what we think will happen and what we want to happen. Nick also tries to get Carl frenzied by discussing his hopes for the Avalanche. We also crown the Hi Sticking winner and select a random winner too! AllRead More →

The NHL postseason is here! We review all of the action from the first two days of the NHL playoffs, including: What is hockey like without fans? Is the intensity of regular playoffs still possible? Do the round robin games have any intensity? The Matt Dumba diversity speech and the Hockey Diversity Alliance. Mark Scheifele‘s injury at the hands of Matthew Tkachuk. Was there intent to it? Drake Caggiula was suspended 1 game for his hit on Tyler Ennis. Was it a fair suspension? There was a trend of a lot of penalties being called. Was it deserving? Will the trend continue? Will any ofRead More →

“Republicans buy shoes too” we heard a young Michael Jordan say when he was asked to back a young black politician in his home state. And it’s been a quote that has haunted Jordan’s life since it was published in Sam Smith’s book “The Second Coming.” For all the accomplishments that Michael Jordan has had, the championships, the Olympic glory, the records, the prestige, the sneakers, the title of best basketball player of all time, this quote has followed him as an example of his so-called apolitical and pro-capitalist over everything stance. It spits in the face of the image of the strong leader thatRead More →

The NHL has arrived in the bubble! But first, Wayne wants your help. Be a part of the future of waynesdryrub.com and share your recipes with us to put on the blog! What is life like in the NHL bubble? How will the NHL media be covering the game while the playoffs happen? The Seattle Kraken are the newest team to the NHL. How did the announcement set the tone for their future? John Chayka “quit” as the GM of the Arizona Coyotes, leading to a bitter public discourse about it. Why all the drama? This week we preview the Western Conference playoffs, including: WhichRead More →