In the first article in this series, we looked at the NHL’s 1967 expansion, when the league doubled in size. 1970 brought the addition of two new NHL teams, and the divisions were shuffled. The Chicago Black Hawks (the name change came in 1986) moved over to the West, making space in the East division for the new boys. 1970 Vancouver Canucks The history of the Vancouver Canucks effectively starts in 1945, but ice hockey in BC’s largest city goes back much further than that. The Millionaires (later renamed The Maroons) represented Vancouver in the PCHA and WCHL for 15 years, and in that timeRead More →

With a jam packed December of Hi Sticking, we’re happy to announce a brand new champion: Nick Seguin! Congrats to Nick. Will someone dethrone Nick or can he defend his title? How it works For those new to the game, for every Pavel Bure Must Watch Game you get to pick 1 player for each team who you think will score the game winning goal. If you pick the game winning goal scorer, you get 2 points. If the guy you picked assists on the winner, you get 1 point. The Standings nickseguin19 24 Mikelaybourne 15 nkinsey8 15 BShareCohen 13 DRDiabloTHW 10 TheeRyanKearns 9 JoeMartini90Read More →

The guys are back from their Christmas vacation with Joel getting to start 2017 celebrating the Leaf’s victory in the Centennial Classic. They also touch on the news ending 2016, including: – Jaroslav Halak being put on waivers – Matt Murray’s injury – Jack Eichel calling out his Sabres’ teammates – The Bluejackets and Wild having the streakest game ever – Chris Pronger somehow still playing in an alumni game while being on an NHL roster – How sad the Avalanche make Carl Embed from Getty Images They also recap the World Junior Championships heading into the playoff rounds, re-evaluate the Shea Weber/PK Subban traded,Read More →

The 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is here. The 23-11-5 Chicago Blackhawks will take on the 19-13-5 St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium. Puck probably drops at 1pm ET. Both the the Blackhawks and Blues enter the Classic having lost their last games so neither has the momentum and both have a point to prove. Chicago are slight favorites sitting top of the Central Division, eight points clear of third placed St. Louis. The Blues on the other hand, need to take both points to try and avoid dropping into a wildcard place. This is the Blackhawks’ fifth outdoor game and their third Winter Classic.Read More →

With the addition of a game to play with on Monday and Trivia Tuesday for December, there are now more chances to get points to win Hi Sticking than ever before! How it works For those new to the game, for every Pavel Bure Must Watch Game you get to pick 1 player for each team who you think will score the game winning goal. If you pick the game winning goal scorer, you get 2 points. If the guy you picked assists on the winner, you get 1 point. The Standings nickseguin19 12 Mikelaybourne 10 BShareCohen 8 nkinsey8 8 cjmilroy 6 Clantastic 6 DRDiabloTHWRead More →

The guys are back as Joel helps Carl through a counselling couch/rant shack session, helping Carl deal with the weekend that was his Avalanche losing 10-1. They also sort through a couple of suspensions to Oleksiak and Borowiecki and some non-suspensions to Taylor Hall and Carey Price. Lastly, they touch on the Vegas Golden Knights’ trademark issues, learn how Gary Bettman screwed us this week and picked the Pavel Bure’s of the week. Twitter: twitter.com/The4thLinePod Facebook: facebook.com/the4thlinepodcast Email: the4thlinepod@gmail.com Intro music by Erik Hall of Shoot the Shred podcast shredpod.simplecast.fm Embed from Getty ImagesRead More →

Last time, we looked at the most exciting and entertaining teams to watch, now we’ll be looking at the most frustrating. There’s a big difference between being frustrating and just bad. The Arizona Coyotes generally get out-played in every way. That’s just expected now. The same goes for the Colorado Avalanche who are having… let’s call it a ‘difficult phase’. Their seasons may effectively be over, but there are other teams who should be better. Today we’ll be looking at those. Embed from Getty Images Carolina Hurricanes For reasons I haven’t quite figured out, I watch a lot of Hurricanes games, and they always makeRead More →