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 →

We’ve all year to find out who the best team in hockey is and it’s officially down to 2 teams, as the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins start the Stanley Cup Final tonight! Congrats to Nic for winning the 3rd round Hi Sticking.  Only 7 chances to make points so getting points however you can will be come more important. Play along on Twitter! 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 player for each team.  Starting in March we have a new scoring system. If youRead More →

The guys are back as they break down the end of the conference finals and preview the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators. They also talk about: – the possibility of Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov leaving the Washington Capitals for the KHL – Kyle Dubas discussing joining the Colorado Avalanche as their new general manager – PK Subban is personable and speaks his mind. How can the NHL have more of that? They also bring a preview of The 5th Line Podcast. Twitter: twitter.com/4thLinePodcast Facebook: facebook.com/the4thlinepodcast Patreon: patreon.com/4thLinePodcast Email: mail@the4thlinepodcast.com Intro music by Erik Hall of Shoot the ShredRead More →

Memorial Day tribute to our fallen heroes Embed from Getty Images World War One Its been 103 years since the start of World War One. 175,347 American and Canadian military personal died during the deadliest conflict in human history. WWI began in 1914 after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and lasted until 1918. Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire (Central Powers) fought against Great Britain, France, Russia, Italy, Romania, Japan and the United States (Allied Powers). Many soon to be or current NHL players put their career on hold to serve in the war. Oddly enough very few actually died during the war.Read More →

The Hart Trophy is awarded annually to the player best judged to have been his team’s Most Valuable Player during the regular season. Three players are nominated, one wins. This year’s nominees are Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby. Three worthy candidates. But that’s just three of thirty. In this short series we’ll be looking at which players deserve to be named as their team’s MVP. Today we’re looking at the Atlantic Division. Boston Bruins: David Pastrnak Embed from Getty Images He may have scored fewer points than linemate Brad Marchand; but Pastrnak brings the effort while leaving the arrogance atRead More →

The guys are back as they break down the Conference finals, including: – The injuries to Ryan Johansen and Mike Fisher have the Nashville Predator’s backs against the wall. Can they hold off the Anaheim Ducks in a best of 3? – The Predator’s anthem singer is upset. But can anyone remember his name? – The Pittsburgh Penguins finally made the switch in net. Has Marc Andre Fleury played his last game for the Penguins? – How big of a difference maker is Erik Karlsson for the Ottawa Senators? Is he good enough to take them to the Cup final? – The schedule for theRead More →

It’s time to look at the next bunch of lovable losers in the NHL playoffs.  These four lost in the conference finals, with a wide range of emotions. The Oilers were happy to get that far while the Capitals were furious to get bounced by the Penguins for the second year in a row. Today, Mike, Kyle, Joe and Carl let you know who will be chosen to be protected and left unprotected for the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals. Previous teams can be found here: Bruins, Blue Jackets, Leafs, Canadiens Flames, Blackhawks, Wild, Sharks Sabres, Hurricanes, Panthers, Kings, Islanders,Read More →

Jump into the 4th Line time machine and let’s take a ride into hockey’s storied past. May 16th, 1996 – Double OT Thriller The Detroit Red Wings would finish the regular season 62-13-7, with the Presidents trophy in hand and the clear favorite to go all the way. The Wings would have a disappointing post season. Detroit would take a 4-2 series win against the Winnipeg Jets. This would set up a Western Conference Semi Final against division rival St. Louis Blues. Detroit would take each of the first two contests, with a respective score of 3-2 and 8-3. The Red Wings were flying highRead More →

Given up on the NHL playoffs yet? Don’t worry, the AHL still has plenty to offer with its Conference finals, especially for fans of the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks. All of their affiliates are in action over the next week and a half.   Western Conference In the Western conference, the San Jose Barracuda will face the Grand Rapids Griffins with games starting in San Jose on Saturday 20th. This is unknown territory for the Barracuda who’ve never made it past the second round in this, or any of their previous incarnations. San Jose beat the StocktonRead More →