The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #179 – The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoff Preview

Following a tragic accident, former host Gary brings a tribute to the Humboldt Broncos and coach Darcy Haugen. May they rest in peace.

The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs are here! And somehow, with many thanks to Carl’s reverse jinxes, the Colorado Avalanche made the playoffs. How must Matt Duchene feel about this? Now that they are in the playoffs, how quickly will the Avalanche be eliminated by the Nashville Predators?

In the rest of the Western Conference, the Minnesota Wild face the Winnipeg Jets. How much will the Wild miss Ryan Suter? The Vegas Golden Knights have had a historic run this season. Will it end at the hands of the LA Kings?  Following the injury train, can the Anaheim Ducks survive against the San Jose Sharks without Cam Fowler and with an ailing John Gibson?

Heading to the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins begs the question: when will the Penguins stop being good? The Washington Capitals vs Columbus Blue Jackets makes Joel wonder if the Capitals are the perfect post hype sleepers. The Tampa Bay Lightning managed to win the Atlantic Division facing the New Jersey Devils. How easily can a banged up Lightning team handle New Jersey? Lastly, the Boston Bruins face Joel’s Toronto Maple Leafs. Boston has been the better team on paper, but can Toronto avenge old demons and beat the Bruins?

We also crown Logan as our newest Hi Sticking winner and start a new round of Playoff Hi Sticking!

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Intro music by Erik Hall of Ane Croft

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The 4th Line Podcast is a weekly hockey podcast hosted by Carl Landra and Joel Schnell. Every week they share their unique and fun take on what is happening in the world of hockey. While they don’t take themselves too seriously, they have a typical no 4th line attitude: what they lack in finesse, they make for in being willing to go to the corners and work hard to get the job done.

Who are Carl and Joel? Carl comes from Calgary, AB. His facial hair of choice is a mustache. His team of choice is the Colorado Avalanche and his smoked meat of choice is brisket. Joel comes from Calgary, AB. His facial hair of choice is a beard. His team of choice is the Toronto Maple Leafs and his smoked meat of choice is ribs.

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