The NHL is just 31 days away from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Over the next 31 days we’ll 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 Arizona Coyotes. Today we take the first trip out east, seeing what can be expected from the Boston Bruins. 2016/17 record: 44-31-7 Key additions: Urho Vaakanainen Key losses: Colin Miller 2017/18 prediction: Just out of the playoffs Embed from Getty Images Yes, the above information is not a typo. The Boston Bruins did virtually nothingRead More →

The guys are back and hockey is almost back as well. One of the signs that hockey is back is the annual 4th Line Podcast Divisional Previews! This week it gets kick started by looking at the Pacific division, including: – The Vancouver Canucks signed Thomas Vanek this week. Do they know how to properly tank? What will their goaltenders give them, as Jacob Markström is handed the reigns in net? – The Vegas Golden Knights actually get to play hockey soon. Will their defense be enough to carry them? – The Los Angeles Kings are a team that used to be really good. How doRead More →

The NHL is just 31 days away from the beginning of the 2017/18 season. Over the next 31 days we’ll 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 Anaheim Ducks; today it’s the turn of the Arizona Coyotes Embed from Getty Images 2016/17 record: 30-43-9 Key additions: Niklas Hjalmarsson, Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta. Key losses: Shane Doan, Connor Murphy. 2017/18 prediction: No playoff hockey this season. The last few seasons have not been kind to the Coyotes, unrelenting off-ice stories have distracted fromRead More →

The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Monday that they’ll be recognising Eric Lindros‘ contribution by retiring the number 88. Lindros was the first overall pick in 1991 and played eight seasons in the city of brotherly love. We're sending #88 to the rafters. The #Flyers will retire #88 jersey of Eric Lindros on Jan. 18: https://t.co/Prayc9rb7D pic.twitter.com/7XVxe2boTp — Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) August 28, 2017 Classy move Philly. The seven-time All Star was nominated to the Hall of Fame in 2016. The Flyers’ retirement of #88 got us thinking; which other players deserve to have their numbers retired? And by which teams? Here are some options, alongRead More →

Four minutes left in the consolation final and there it went, our lead that we had all game was gone. It was 6-6. The right winger on my line looks at me blaming himself saying “I’m going to get that one back” and like it was written in a movie, our next shift he did. We won 7-6. How did I get here? How did I find a ice in the middle of South Florida? A common refrain is “why hockey?” It’s a question so many fans of our beloved sport are asked time and time again. If you had a time machine and went backRead More →

The guys are joined by Rob Vollman, author of Hockey Abstract 2017,as they talk about the latest edition of Hockey Abstract, including: – the evolution of Rob’s Hockey Abstracts – how best to evaluate goaltenders – what can be done to take coaching in consideration during a stastical evaluation – review Rob’s updated player usage charts in the latest charts – find out what stat Rob wishes didn’t exist and what data he wishes he could have Tweet to the show account with the hashtag #HockeyAbstract and retweet the pinned tweet for Episode 146 to be entered to win a copy of Hockey Abstract 2017.Read More →

The guys are joined by German Villegas from the Modern Manhood Podcast (modernmanhood.org) In this episode we talk about the state of masculinity in hockey, especially in the NHL. How does the way that a person views manliness impact their view on violence, injures, sexuality and more? Modern Manhood is a podcast that mostly concentrates on the lives and viewpoints of many different male voices talking about their own masculinity. The biggest problem we have as males is that we don’t talk about our own experiences and problems about our own manhood; and that being a man now looks a lot different that it usedRead More →

The guys are back as Carl is finally ready to make a decision on his bandwagon team. To help him make the decision Carl asks Alison Lukan (https://twitter.com/AlisonL) to help him decide if the Columbus Bluejackets are the team for him? What is it like to cheer for a team with John Tortorella as the coach? Carl then makes his decision: Which of the Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes or Columbus Bluejackets will be his bandwagon team for the 2017-18 NHL season? Will Joel quit the show based on Carl’s bandwagon decision? If so, we read your submissions for why you should replace him. Joel also needsRead More →

If you’ve read 2016’s Stat Shot, or any of Vollman’s previous Hockey Abstract books, then you pretty much already know what to expect from Hockey Abstract, and the 2017 edition sticks to the tried and tested formula. That method is pretty straight forward; start with a question, then look for the answer using statistics. The foreword by Sportsnet’s Rob Kerr sets the scene well and establishes the dynamic between the reader and authors. Vollman’s own opening is warm and gives an endearing insight into the process behind producing the content that you’ll soon be diving into.  The book’s intent is made clear pretty early on,Read More →