With the world going through a COVID-19 related sports withdrawal, it’s time to escape to the world of film to get our fix in! And since there aren’t any sports to compete in, it’s time to find out what the best sports movie of all time is! We’ve broken all movies into 4 different themed divisions of 8 teams each: Hockey, Baseball, Football and Fighting and The Rest. For the 1st Round, we’ll be looking at specific seeds each day. Today: The 2 seed vs the 7 seed. Check out the other round 1 matchups here: Best Sports Movie Bracket – Rd. 1 – #4Read More →

Another week without sports and another week of finding out what that means? The 2020 Olympics are officially postponed. What uncharted territory does this lead us into? The NHL released an FAQ regarding the season shut down this week, including several details including a training camp schedule before hockey returns and the impact for next season. Yes, they might be tied for the last playoff spot, but the Vancouver Canucks have officially entered The Elimination Station powered by Park Power. Can the Canucks overcome years of bad moves and be on the right path? What are you doing to pass the time without the NHLRead More →

With the world going through a COVID-19 related sports withdrawal, it’s time to escape to the world of film to get our fix in! And since there aren’t any sports to compete in, it’s time to find out what the best sports movie of all time is! We’ve broken all movies into 4 different themed divisions of 8 teams each: Hockey, Baseball, Football and Fighting and The Rest. For the 1st Round, we’ll be looking at specific seeds each day. Today: The 4 seed vs the 5 seed. Hockey: #4 Youngblood vs #5 Mystery, Alaska By Brodie Cotnam Youngblood: (1986) Staring: Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze,Read More →

While a lot has been happening in the sports world this week, Nick is having some very important blanket talk.   COVID-19 is expanding and the impact on the world of sports has grown as well. This week, we explore what it does mean for the NHL, including: – will the season continue and do we get a Stanley Cup champion? – what will happen with the salary cap this year? – why aren’t teams paying their staff? – how will the CBA extension change? – when will the NHL draft be? When will free agency be? Will there even be an offseason? – whatRead More →

With one month until the playoffs, The 4th Line is back to bring you the latest around the NHL. The NHL is having to start to take measures based on the outbreak of coronavirus. What will this mean for hockey fans? Tampa Bay and Boston gave us a preview of what a playoff matchup of them will look like. How will the Atlantic division shake down? The Ottawa Senators and Jim Little parted ways. But nailing down exactly why is the hard part. Roberto Luongo had his jersey retired by the Florida Panthers. Is the Hockey Hall of Fame the next step for him? TheRead More →

Goal Greats With Alex Ovechkin hitting the 700 goal mark, passing another legend on seemingly a nightly basis, the only question left seems to be if/when he’ll catch the Great One? Whether or not he breaks Wayne Gretzky’s record of 894 goals, many consider Ovi the greatest goal scorer ever, and there’s a solid argument to be made. Goaltending and defensive systems have come a long way since Bobby Hull, Gordie Howe and ‘Rocket’ Richard were blasting pucks past netminders. Ovi moved ahead of names like Lemieux, Yzerman and Messier of late, but let’s take a look at some of the other less talked aboutRead More →

As David Ayres has continued his Tour de Force, we discuss the logistics of the emergency backup goalie. With the emergency backup goalie the flavor of the month, is that the best way to handle the goalie injury problem? It’s been a week since the trade deadline. The San Jose Sharks didn’t trade Joe Thornton. Should they have moved him to finally let him get a Stanley Cup? The Carolina Hurricanes are struggling with their top 2 goalies hurt. Can they fix the losing streak in time for a playoff birth? The Toronto Maple Leafs are winning, in spite of their defense being almost entirelyRead More →

On this all trade deadline episode can you imagine that we almost had to resort to an emergency backup podcaster (EBUP)? And would that EBUP be better than Nick? This week, we try to touch on as many trades as possible, including (but not limited to): Tyler Toffoli Brenden Dillon Marco Scandella Alec Martinez Ondrej Kase Ilya Kovalchuk Mike Green Vladislav Namestnikov Jean-Gabriel Pageau Vincent Trocheck Patrick Marleau Andreas Athanasiou Barclay Goodrow Sami Vatanen Robin Lehner Brady Skjei We even find time to look at new contracts for Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Chris Kreider and Jake Muzzin. All this and more on episode 271 of the 4thRead More →

With 75% of the regular season completed, it’s common for watercooler talk to turn to ‘who’s gonna win some awards?’. Here at 4th Line Towers, we’re no different, but rather than look at the awards that already exist, why not focus on awards that should exist. Today we’re looking at the Why Haven’t You Been Fired Yet award. The contenders are Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill, Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin and head coach Claude Julien and LA Kings head coach Todd McLellan. Claude Julien Embed from Getty Images Should he be fired? Julien returned to coach Montreal in February 2017 to replaceRead More →

The Mighty Ducks are back! What can we expect with Coach Bombay’s return behind the bench? Speaking of coaches, Bruce Boudreau was fired by the Minnesota Wild this week. But why? Zack Kassian learned that kicking someone in the chest is not allowed. Was his punishment appropriate? Evander Kane thinks that his suspension, as well as others, are not in line with the league’s precedent and had some words for George Parros about it. Was he justified? The New Jersey Devils got their trade deadline started moving Blake Coleman and Andy Greene. Will this set the price for the next week? The Montreal Canadiens haveRead More →