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 →

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 →