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On The Power Play: 2017-18 NHL Season Preview

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: 2017-18 NHL Season Preview

On the power play is back and bigger than ever, as the boys put in a ninety minute show to celebrate the opening of the new NHL season. They go division by division on the biggest issues in the game.

First up a look at three new NHL rules and the boys thoughts on them.

Eastern Conference

Can anyone stop the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Metro Division, or will they win a third straight cup? With Kris Letang healthy are they even better than last year? How do Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick fair? Are the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers worse than last year? Can the Carolina Hurricanes make the playoffs? Where do the Columbus Blue Jackets finish?

In the Atlantic, what do things look like after a turbulent off-season for the Montreal Canadiens? Is Jonathan Drouin a number one centre? Does Steven Stamkos make the Tampa Bay Lightning into a cup contender? Do the Toronto Maple Leafs improve? How good are the Boston Bruins? Is Erik Karlsson healthy? Is there more magic with the Ottawa Senators? Do the Buffalo Sabres finally take a step forward? How much did the Florida Panthers lose this off-season, and can they make the playoffs? Are the Detroit Red Wings the worst team in the conference?

Western Conference

Do the Nashville Predators have the league's best defence? How far can it take them? Do the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild taken steps back? How do the St. Louis Blues  overcome all the injuries? Have the Winnipeg Jets solved their goaltending woes with Steve Mason? How much better are the Dallas Stars after their epic off-season? Is there anything to look forward to for Colorado Avalanche fans?

Can Connor McDavid lead the Edmonton Oilers to the promised land? Are the Anaheim Ducks still the team to beat in the division? Is Mike Smith the goalie the Calgary Flames have looked for? Can the aging San Jose Sharks still compete? Can the Los Angeles Kings  get back into the playoffs? Is Clayton Keller a Calder Trophy contender for the Arizona Coyotes? What happens to Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin with the Vancouver Canucks rebuilding? How good are the expansion Vegas Golden Knights?

All this and more as we go On The Power Play

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The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #136 - The Ewpansion Episode

The guys are back as they wrap up game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, including:

– Does the early whistle missed goal matter?

– Who should have won the Conn Smythe?

They then take a look at the news of the week leading up to the NHL expansion draft, touching on:

– The buyouts of Dan Girardi, Simon Despres and Francois Beauchemin

– The Jonathon Drouin for Mikhail Sergachev trade

– The NHL protected lists and who both Carl and Joel think will be chosen by the Vegas Golden Knights

Lastly, they give some thoughts on who will win some of the awards in Vegas, Shane Doan‘s run with the Arizona Coyotes ending and the best and worst of the new Adidas jerseys.

 

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The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #135 - The Bones to Pick

The guys are back as the Stanley Cup playoffs near the end, with at most 2 games left. They touch on the news of the week including Joel having multiple bones to pick and:

- The home team has won every game in the final so far. Will it continue?

- Sidney Crosby and P.K. Subban got into a wrestling match in Game 5. Was the punishment sufficient?

- Who will win the Stanley Cup?

The also start to preview the NHL offseason, talking about:

- Shayne Gostisbehere has a new 6 year contract. What does the future look like for the Philadelphia Flyers?

- The Chicago Blackhawks are rumored to be moving a core piece, such as Brent Seabrook. Is the end near for the Hawks?

- Bob Boughner will be the coach in Florida. Why?

- The Competition Committee has proposed new rule changes. Are they good?

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OTPP Stanley Cup Final

OTPP: Stanley Cup Final, Off-side Rule

Todays Podcast comes in two parts.

In part one we look at the Stanley Cup Final.  Why are the Pittsburgh Penguins up 2-0? Can the Nashville Predators Come Back? Should they stick with Pekka Rinne or go to Juuse Saros? Is the MVP Jake Guentzel or Evgeni Malkin? How can the Predators get more scoring without Ryan Johansen? Who has stepped up and who needs to come up bigger for Nashville? What do the boys think of the coach's challenge and off-side reviews? What changes would they make?

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The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #134 - The Sweat Bet

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 in the playoffs. Does this make him the Conn Smythe favorite?

- Offside reviews are causing all kinds of confusion. How can it be fixed?

- What lengths should one go to to smuggle a catfish into a hockey game?

- PK Subban guaranteed a win in Game 3. Are we okay with this?

- Kyle Dubas is staying in Toronto. Is this good for the Toronto front office situation?

All this and more!

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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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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. 

 

Follow them on Twitter: @GTD_Podcast@ColtonPraill, @Gham614 and @NickSeguin19

Colton Praill
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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