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 →

The guys are back as they bring you TWO contests and the latest updates in Carl’s bandwagon search. Mike from DucksNPucks.com joins us to sell Carl on jumping aboard the Anaheim Ducks bandwagon, covering such things as: – How good will this team be? – How hated are the Ducks really? – Does anyone east of the Mississippi actually watch Anaheim Ducks games? – Would it help if Mike sweetened the pot a little bit? Carl and Joel talk about: – What counts as a blowout? How about a 60-1 football game? Also, how do you score one point in a football game? – Mike Fisher, theRead More →

… Then let The4thLinePodcast.com be your lighthouse in the fog of confusion. Firstly, just don’t. Why not stick with your current team?All relationships go through stressful periods, but you need to work on it. Remember all the good times you had and focus on next season. Sometimes it’s all give, give, give and you get nothing in return. Maybe treat yourself to one of the new Adidas jerseys. Be proud to wear those colours. Just remember if you wear another team’s colours, then you’re opening the door to ridicule. Maybe give counselling a chance. Embed from Getty Images If you absolutely have to pick aRead More →

The Detroit Red Wings have have long struggled to maintain a capable defensive corp. The days of Nicklas Lidstrom and Chris Chelios feel like a lifetime ago. It would be unfair to place all of the Wings’ faults squarely on the blue line, but inconsistency is the only factor that’s been consistent at the Joe Louis. But a line has been drawn and while the desperately needed complete rebuild probably won’t happen; Ken Holland‘s free agency shopping has potentially calmed the storm. Embed from Getty Images On paper Trevor Daley feels like a great addition. Daley, 33 has just won back-to-back Stanley Cups Stanley Cups,Read More →

The 4th Line Podcast is a weekly hockey podcast hosted by Carl Landra and Joel Schnell. Every week they share their unique and fun take on what is happening in the world of hockey. While they don’t take themselves too seriously, they have a typical no 4th line attitude: what they lack in finesse, they make for in being willing to go to the corners and work hard to get the job done. Who are Carl and Joel? Carl comes from Calgary, AB. His facial hair of choice is a mustache. His team of choice is the Colorado Avalanche and his smoked meat of choice isRead More →

 The NHL 18 beta is now available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For EA Sports, this is the third year in a row they have given their fans an early look at their NHL franchise by releasing a beta version. In the NHL 18 beta, they have included a few of their online modes such as EA Sports Hockey League (EASHL) and Online Versus. Also, a new game mode “NHL THREES” is in the beta to give the fans a taste of the new mode. “NHL THREES” is an arcade style of hockey where players play three on three against the CPU, theirRead More →

The 4th Line Podcast is a weekly hockey podcast hosted by Carl Landra and Joel Schnell. Every week they share their unique and fun take on what is happening in the world of hockey. While they don’t take themselves too seriously, they have a typical no 4th line attitude: what they lack in finesse, they make for in being willing to go to the corners and work hard to get the job done. Who are Carl and Joel? Carl comes from Calgary, AB. His facial hair of choice is a mustache. His team of choice is the Colorado Avalanche and his smoked meat of choice isRead More →

As the NHL continued to expand, it was time to add more teams to existing markets. On December 10th 1992, two new franchises were awarded and 1993 saw the addition of two new teams. Florida Panthers Considering that the NHL had first expanded into Florida just one year prior, the league felt that Tampa Bay and Sunrise were far enough apart to offer each team their own fanbase. Maybe because the Retirement State is a pretty big place, or maybe it was just that Wayne Huizenga had $50 million going spare. Remember this was the 90s and Blockbuster was still relevant. Kids, go ask yourRead More →

The 4th Line Podcast is a weekly hockey podcast hosted by Carl Landra and Joel Schnell. Every week they share their unique and fun take on what is happening in the world of hockey. While they don’t take themselves too seriously, they have a typical no 4th line attitude: what they lack in finesse, they make for in being willing to go to the corners and work hard to get the job done. Who are Carl and Joel? Carl comes from Calgary, AB. His facial hair of choice is a mustache. His team of choice is the Colorado Avalanche and his smoked meat of choice isRead More →