“Stop signing guys with ‘B’s just cos you’re the Boston Bruins” – Carl Landra You may have heard Carl’s insight into Boston’s problems on episode 115. But what if instead of not signing guys whose surnames start with the letter B, the Bruins only signed them. Is it possible to build a good 20 man roster using just one letter of the alphabet? Would any of the current Boston roster make the team? The below positions are as per NHL.com Embed from Getty Images Based purely on points scored at time of writing, here are Boston’s new forward lines:   Jamie Benn (DAL) – NicklasRead More →

Joel is back this week as the guys open with what to do when you cheer for a team that isn’t your main team. Is it better to watch that team win or a rival lose? They also go through the news of the week, including: Jack Capuano has been fired. What do the New York Islanders do next? Do the Boston Bruins fire coach Claude Julien? What goal songs do you wish players would use How do you save the season for the St. Louis Blues? How do you fix the Dallas Stars? We find out how sad the Colorado Avalanche make Carl thisRead More →

By the time the middle of April arrives, 14 teams’ NHL seasons will have come to an end. For some of those teams it’ll be a hard-fought battle to the end, only to suffer heartbreaking defeat as they miss out on that last wildcard spot. For others, their seasons are effectively already over and have been since before Christmas. For those that aren’t challenging for the Stanley Cup, there is another target on the horizon, but to get it they’ve gotta suck pretty damn hard: tanking to get that first overall draft pick. Winning the draft lottery isn’t ‘winning’ at all. It’s a recognition thatRead More →

Arriving in Minnesota in 2014-15 most considered Devan Dubnyk a lost cause. His performance in St. Paul now has heads turning. As a result, even his fiercest critics are tipping him for Vezina glory. If any goalie has had to learn the hard way, it is Dubnyk. Earning his stripes has come at a tremendous cost, but he has earned every moment. Right now he is definitely one of the league’s best netminders. His career got off to a bumpy start in Edmonton where a dream became a nightmare. Suffering from poor form, playing for his childhood team became an experience to forget. With Oilers fansRead More →

The guys are a man short as Mike Bonn from Scuttlepuck joins Carl this week talking through the goings on of the week, including: – All Star Game roster announcement – Players fighting against their long time teams – How sad do the Avs make Carl? – A recap/preview of the Oilers – How did Gary Bettman screw us this week? – They hand out the midseason awards (Hart, Vezina, Norris, Jack Adams, Calder) They also find out your picks for the Eli Manning of the NHL and pick the Pavel Bure’s of the week. You can find Mike at www.scuttlepuck.com The4thLinePodcast.com Twitter: twitter.com/4thLinePodcast Facebook:Read More →

The guys are back as they start the show by trying to figure out which NHL player has a career that mirrors that of Eli Manning. They also: – wrap up the 2017 World Junior Championships – preview the changes to jerseys next season, including the removal of 3rd jerseys – find out how sad the Avs make Carl, including some trade talk – talk All Star Game captains and pick their own Western division teams – learn how Gary Bettman screwed us this week – relive the Blue Jackets winning streak and decide how they’ll fare the rest of the way – talk who’sRead More →

As discussed on this week’s podcast, next season’s jersey manufacturers Adidas have done away with the third/alternate jersey. This will make it easier to roll out the new jerseys for each team. Those affected will have to face a choice, do they integrate the alternate design into the their home/road jersey? Or do they abandon them altogether? Here are the teams that currently have an alternate jersey (as defined by their official store), and a few thoughts on what should become of them. Anaheim Ducks This gloriously orange jersey with its retro logo needs to stay, it can easily replace the Ducks’ current road jersey.Read More →

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 →