The guys are back as the Stanley Cup playoffs near the end, with at most 2 games left. They touch on the news of the week including Joel having multiple bones to pick and: – The home team has won every game in the final so far. Will it continue? – Sidney Crosby and P.K. Subban got into a wrestling match in Game 5. Was the punishment sufficient? – Who will win the Stanley Cup? The also start to preview the NHL offseason, talking about: – Shayne Gostisbehere has a new 6 year contract. What does the future look like for the Philadelphia Flyers? –Read More →

The final 4. With the Stanley Cup Final here, we look at the last 4 surviving teams to see who will be protected and who will be left for the Vegas Golden Knights to select from. With 4 clearly quality rosters, there ought to be something worth selecting for the Knights.   Mike, Joe and Carl make the picks this time. For the previous teams selected: Oilers, Rangers, Blues, Capitals Bruins, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Canadiens Flames, Blackhawks, Wild, Sharks Sabres, Hurricanes, Panthers, Kings, Islanders, Flyers, Lightning Coyotes, Avalanche, Stars, Red Wings, Devils, Canucks, Jets Rules and regulations for the expansion draft can be found on NHL.comRead More →

The Stanley Cup Finals aren’t even over yet and already we’re hearing about which players are likely to be traded this offseason. There’s no shortage of rumors and plenty of speculation, with reports of numerous offers being fielded by many different teams for their players potentially available in a trade. Besides the potential availability of draft picks (like the Dallas Stars’ coveted 3rd overall pick), plenty of big names seem likely to be moved this offseason. Matt Duchene After one of the first seasons in franchise history, the Avalanche are looking for a fresh start next season and are hoping to rebound from a dreadfulRead More →

The guys are back and Carl is dealing with statements that he made on the debut episode of The 5th Line Podcast about what he would do for $1000. They also dive into the Stanley Cup Final thus far. – Is Pekka Rinne any good? Which Pekka Rinne is for real? Is he regressing to the mean? What even is regressing to the mean? Is mean regression a thing? – The Penguins won the first 2 games in the series. Does this mean that they have all of the momentum? Is momentum a thing? – Jake Guentzel has 5 game winning goals so far inRead More →

The NHL has a problem.  Players know it. Teams know it. Fans know it. Gary Bettman probably even knows it.  The NHL cannot get it right when it comes to concussions and getting players off the ice if they have concussion symptoms.  This conversation has been ongoing for the several years now and has been highlighted again during the playoffs with Sidney Crosby (among others) who have been in and out of the line-up because of concussions (for more on Crosby check out the article by Gwen de Young here). Embed from Getty Images The NHL is not the only league that has a problemRead More →

Carl, Joel and Mike sit down for the 1st ever episode of The [BLANK] Line Podcast, covering a variety of topics including: – Where does Lebron James fit in the legacy of greatest athletes ever? He’s made the finals 7 years in a row. Is anyone better? – Outgoing athletes are a part of sports that fans either love or hate. There is no sitting on the fence with it. Where does that cross the line? Mike also brings his “Weird Question of the Month/Week/Day”, asking about Space Jam skill stealing and drinking a player’s sweat. The4thLinePodcast.com Twitter: twitter.com/4thLinePodcast Facebook: facebook.com/the4thlinepodcast Patreon: patreon.com/4thLinePodcast Email: mail@the4thlinepodcast.comRead More →