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The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #133 - The 2017 Stanley Cup Final Preview

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.

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The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #132 - The Lebroni Karlsson

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 the Stanley Cup final is released. Will it make for better hockey?

- The officiating has been inconsistent at best this playoff. Is there a way to fix it?

- On the heels of the Cavs blowing out the Celtics in the NBA playoffs, what is the equivalent type game in hockey? Why is there such a different between the NHL and the NBA when it comes to parity.

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OTPP: Conference Finals, Changes in Washington, KHL Invasion and More

Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Power Play with Ben and Dave. Join Ben Kerr and Dave Gove each week as they take a look around the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.

OTPP: Conference Finals, Changes in Washington, KHL Invasion and More

The defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the upstart Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Final. Can Erik Karlsson lead the Senators to another upset, and a spot in the Stanley Cup Final? Will Sidney Crosby continue his playoff dominance over the Senators? Is this the round that things come crashing down for Marc-Andre Fleury? Can Bobby Ryan and Gabriel Pageau keep scoring?

Out west, its the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators in the Western Conference Final. Is Nashville's defence core of P.K. SubbanRoman JosiRyan Ellis, and Mattias Ekholm, enough to shut down the strong play of Ryan GetzlafJakub SilfverbergCorey Perry, and Ryan Kesler?

The boys also discuss the recent trades and signings of Scott Darling in Carolina, and Ben Bishop in Dallas. Do these players solve the issues for their teams?

They also look at a number of recent KHL defections. Vadim Shipachyov has signed in VegasIlya Kovalchuk and Evgeni Dadonov both appear NHL bound; and the Blackhawks and Habs have made KHL signings. Who else could come over and make an impact?

Lastly the boys discuss the repercussions of the NHL Draft Lottery.  What does all the change at the top mean?

All that and more in this edition of On the Power Play.

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The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #131 - The Concussed Crosby

The guys are back to break down the news of the week as the 3rd round of the Stanley Cup playoffs get started, including:

- Sidney Crosby has had at least one concussion so far this playoff. What should be done to prevent them from having more?

- With the Washington Capitals eliminated, where does the team go from here? Who will be around next year? When will Ovechkin be traded away?

- The Nashville Predators have been dominant so far in the playoffs. How long does it last?

- Ben Bishop signed a contract with the Dallas Stars. Who is the odd man out in Dallas?

- Ilya Kovalchuk is coming back to the NHL. Where will he end up?

All this and more!

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GTD: What’s Wrong With the Washington Capitals

GTD: What's Wrong With the Washington Capitals

The showdown between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins was the series most hockey fans were looking forward to. Unfortunately to this point, the series has been heavily one-sided and as result, it's left the Capitals in a 3-1 hole. The issue is, where does the blame lay? As the guys discuss, it's difficult to point to one individual player, or ever a group of forwards that have significantly underperformed. But perhaps that word, forward, is the keyword. Washington's blueline, while not lackluster, simply hasn't performed to it's fullest potential. Trade-deadline acquisition Kevin Shattenkirk stands out as the player who has impressed the least. Even then, can the series really fall at the feel of a single player? Does blame fall on head coach Barry Trotz? It's a difficult question to answer, and one the guys spend serious time mulling over. 

Can The Senators Hang On Against New York

From one Eastern Conference series to another, the question has to be asked about the Ottawa Senators: can they really defeat the Rangers? It took a miraculous four goal performance from Jean-Gabriel Pageau in game two to top the blueshirts, and the Sens were lifeless in game three. If Ottawa wants to have shot at bringing home Lord Stanley's cup, they'll need to find a way to deal with the speed, and aggressive forecheck that has wrought havok upon them in the last two games. Game four will be one for the ages at MSG.

Predators Are Picking Up Speed

Is there any team in the post-season that has looked as good as Nashville has. Perhaps the Penguins are the answer to that question, but without doubt, Nashville looks like the team to beat in the Western Conference. They appear set to make the finals in just nine games, only the second team to do so in the last three years, and against tough opposition as well. They stormed through Chicago, and now the Blues are crumbling under the speed, and transition of this Predators offense. Or perhaps more accurately this Predators defence. Ryan Ellis, and the rest of the blueliners have been key this series, and the guys discuss if they can continue to direct the play in the manner they have so far. 

 

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I host my own radio show across Manitoba, CA. When I’m not regaling you with whimsical stories, I’m writing, podcasting, or lamenting the woes of Arsenal, Detroit Lions, and Ottawa Senators fandom.

Nick Seguin
A brand marketer by day, a writer by night. Nick is a lover of all things hockey and a die hard fan of the Detroit Red Wings. With contributions to multiple blogs, Nick is continuing to marry his two passions: writing and hockey.

Graham Anderson
I’m a recent Brock University grad and a huge Blue Jays and Wild fan. I spent two years in the UK and am happy to be back in London Ontario for the 2016-17 MLB playoffs and NHL season.

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The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #129 -The Price of Losing

The guys are back as they recap the end to the 1st round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, including:

- Joel's feelings about the end of the season for his Toronto Maple Leafs
- Has the Montreal Canadiens window closed? What do they do this offseason to best prepare for the future?
- After a trip to the Finals last year the Sharks are now out in the first round. What does this mean for their franchise?

They also preview the second round of the playoffs, looking at The Senators vs Rangers, Capitals vs Penguins, Ducks vs Oilers and Predators vs Blues.

Lastly, they look at the NHL draft lottery and decide who are the worst managed team in the league.

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OTPP: Second Round Preview, Buffalo Sabres Moves, Habs and Leafs Off-Season

This week Dave Gove is off, but we are joined by LWOH writer Graham Anderson to look at the news from around the NHL.

OTPP: Second Round Preview, Buffalo Sabres Moves, Habs and Leafs Off-Season

The boys go series by series and preview all of the action in the Second Round of the NHL Playoffs.

Can Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers overcome the tight checking of Ryan Kesler and the Anaheim Ducks? Who will get the better of a Milan Lucic versus Corey Perry battle?

The Nashville Predators defence featuring Roman Josi and P.K. Subban will look to shut down Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues. Who will get the better of the Pekka Rinne versus Jake Allen match-up?

Its a battle of super Swedes as Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers take on Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators. Its also a look at two centres traded for each other last year with Mika Zibanejad taking on Derick Brassard.

Is this the year that Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals finally defeat their arch-nemesis in Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins? Can Braden Holtby turn up his game after an ordinary first round performance? Will Marc-Andre Fleury continue to play playoff hero?

In non-playoff news the Buffalo Sabres fired Tim Murray and Dan Bylsma. How involved was Jack Eichel? What does it mean for their future?

In Off-season talk, how do the Toronto Maple Leafs find a franchise defenceman? Is Morgan Rielly the answer? What free agents are available.

How do the Montreal Canadiens find a number one centre? Is Alex Galchenyuk the answer? Can they sign Vadim Shipachyov?

All that and more in this edition of On the Power Play.

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The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #128 - The Low Blow-vechkin

The guys are back as they record with the Leafs and Capitals game freshly ended. Talk talk through the news of the week and the happenings in the NHL playoffs.

- The Toronto Maple Leafs are down to the Washington Capitals, but does this mean they're done?

- With the Pittsburgh Penguins making quick work of the Columbus Blue Jackets, are they bettered suited for a 2nd round matchup against a potentially playoff tested Capitals team? Should Marc-Andre Fleury or Matt Murray start in net in round 2?

- With the Chicago Blackhawks being swept by the Nashville Predators, is it time for the Hawks to panic?

- Coach Dan Bylsma and GM Tim Murray are gone in Buffalo, following comments from Jack Eichel. What effect did Eichel's comments have on the firing and what does this mean for the future of the Sabres?

- Linesman Don Henderson has sued Dennis Wideman and the Calgary Flames for $10.25 million dollars. What does that mean for Wideman and the Flames?

Joel also plays another round of "Let's Roll the NHL Draft Lottery" as Carl pretends it's not happening.

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The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #127 - The Unsuspended Cross Check

The guys are back and ready to break down what has happened in the 1st round of the NHL playoffs to this point, including:

- Matt Calvert's likely unsuspended cross check on Tom Kuhnhackl. How much did the Tortorella trickle down effect impact this Calvert hit.
- Joel's Toronto Maple Leafs played well enough to win against the Washington Capitals. How will they perform in game 2? And when will Carl acknowledge that the Caps are his team?
- The Penguins are rolling against the Bluejackets. Will Matt Murray get his job back when he's healthy?
- Can the Minnesota Wild do enough to beat Jake Allen? Is he actually good?
- What do the Oilers need to do to beat the Sharks? Will their undisciplined play be their undoing?

They also look at coaching changes in Dallas, LA, Vancouver, Florida and Las Vegas. Lastly, Joel introdues a new segment called "Let's Play the NHL Draft Lottery".

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OTPP: Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview, Coaches and GMs Fired

Last Word on Sports is proud to present their hockey podcast, On the Power Play with Ben and Dave. Join Ben Kerr and Dave Gove each week as they take a look around the Hockey World focusing on the big issues of the NHL and elsewhere.

The boys are back and looking at the news from around the NHL.

OTPP: Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview, Coaches and GMs Fired

Its the most wonderful time of the year.  The Stanley Cup Playoffs are set to begin with eight series getting under way on Thursday Night. Dave and Ben break down the key storylines and match-ups of each one of those series, lay out who has the advantage, and how the underdogs could pull an upset. Finally they give their predictions on each and every series. Is this the Capitals year or do the rookie-laden Leafs have a surprise for Washington? Can the defensively minded Predators do enough to containg and upset the Blackhawks? What will happen between the Habs and Rangers as Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist go head-to-head? How will the Penguins fare without their top defenceman Kris Letang?

After going through all of that, the boys shift their focus to non playoff teams.  Who replaces Lindy Ruff with the Dallas Stars? What exactly is going on in Florida, as Tom Rowe is out and Dale Tallon is back in? Where do the Canucks go after firing Willie Desjardins? Is it Travis Green's time to be a head coach? The Kings have fired Darryl Sutter and Dean Lombardi, how do Rob Blake and Luc Robitaille get them out of cap jail?

All that and more in this edition of On the Power Play.

 

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