The NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs are just around the corner, and therefore our preview of the Western Conference’s quarter final games is here, along with some storylines to look out for and our predictions! Once you’ve read our preview; shows us how wrong Mike is by joining the 4th Line Podcast’s Bracket Challenge! Face-off times for the opening games are below and games can be seen wherever hockey is usually seen. TVs, bars, actual arenas. You choose.  Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators The Blackhawks and Predators have met in the first round twice before, in 2010 and 2015. Both years the Hawks went on to the StanleyRead More →

The first month with the three point scoring system came down to the wire with Mike Laybourne coming out on top. Congratulations to Mike! With the Stanley Cup playoffs starting this week, we will be playing Game Winning Goal Hi Sticking for EVERY game of the playoffs, so make sure to get your picks in. We will also be running a NHL.com Bracket group. Head on over and make your winning picks here: The 4th Line Podcast Bracket Group How it works For those new to the game, for every Pavel Bure Must Watch Game you get to pick the game winning goal scorer, 1 playerRead More →

The guys are joined by Nick Seguin from Wings Nation this week as he fills in for Joel and they touch on the state of the Detroit Red Wings, including if Ken Holland and Jeff Blashill are the right people to turn around the Wings. They also go through the news of the week, including: – The NHL has officially stated that they will not be going to the Olympics. Does it matter? Is the World Cup of Hockey enough of a “best on best” – Brad Marchand was suspended 2 games for his spear on Jake Dotchin. Was it enough? Does Marchand need toRead More →

As it stands, NHL players aren’t going to the Olympics. This has been met with a mixture of sorrow, anger and defiance by players. Some have accepted the decision, choosing to focus on the Stanley Cup, while others have decided that they’re going to South Korea regardless. With no plans for a break in the schedule, what choices do the GMs have? It’s an impossible position. Let your players go and risk being fined by the NHL, up to $10 million per player if the NHL is feeling particularly mean. Even by baseball standards that’s a lot of money. That possibility of financial penalties willRead More →

The guys are awake and ready to record at their new Saturday morning time as they bring you their takes on the latest happenings in the NHL, including: – John Tavares’ sore hamstring and the impact it has on the New York Islanders’ playoff chances – The Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning are coming fast for the Boston Bruins second wild card spot. Will they make it? – The Washington Capitals are coming into the playoffs at the top again. Will they make it? Is this their last chance? – Nikitia Zaitsev is nearing a contract extension. How does compare to Karl Alzner? TheyRead More →

This June the Vegas Golden Knights will be selecting their roster and, as we all learned today, on June 18 we will be able to see which players each team protected and which were left unprotected. BREAKING: Protected and available player lists for the Vegas expansion draft WILL be made public and released likely on June 18, per NHL. — Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) March 29, 2017 In the sections that follow, Carl Landra, Joe Martini and Mike Laybourne bring you their selections for who the first 7 teams eliminated from the NHL playoffs will protect and leave exposed in the upcoming expansion draft. But first, theRead More →

Competition for the Eastern Conference’s final wild card place is tight, with five teams separated by just five points. The Metropolitan division is pretty much set and although the New York Rangers haven’t yet clinched, barring any major collapse, their playoff place looks pretty safe. The picture in the Atlantic division is less concrete. No teams have clinched yet, although it’s unlikely that the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators will fall from the top two spots. The Toronto Maple Leafs’ position is slightly more precarious though. They’re holding onto the third spot, but only by one point. They currently have 84 points, so that’s theRead More →

The guys are back and joined by Caleb Eefting of Rönnängs IK as he tells them what it is like to go from playing in Canada to being the leading scorer of the SHL Division 3. They also talk about the news of the week, including: – Sidney Crosby‘s hack on Ryan O’Reilly and slash on Marc Methot. Did Crosby deserve supplemental discipline for his slash? – Freddie Anderson and Tuukka Rask are hurt for their respective teams. How will this impact the playoff race? – What playoff matchups would excite us the most? Lastly, the Pavel Bure Must Watch Games of the Week areRead More →