Worldwide International Game Previews Of The World: 18 March 2013

by J.R.

WWIGPOTW is a look at the day’s Conference III games for III Communication readers from around the world. Today, we welcome our visitors from Sweden.



Blackhawks at Avalanche, 8 PM Central (Svarthökar på Lavin, 2 AM)

Records: Blackhawks (23-2-3, 49 points, 1st in Central, 1st in Conference III); Avalanche (10-13-4, 24 points, 5th in Northwest, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Avs won 6-2 in Denver March 8, ending Chicago’s stellar season-starting vinna strimma. Matt Duchene had four points and Ryan O’Reilly had his first goal after his kontrakt konflikt.

Last 10: Chicago 8-2-0; Colorado 3-5-2

Did You Know? The common blackbird is the national bird of Sweden. Avalanche is a well-known Swedish video game company.

Keep An Ögon On: Chicago’s Patrick Kane has three goals and four assists in his last three games. Duchene has five goals and six assists in his last six.

What They’re Saying: It is not yet clear what triggered the avalanche, which was described as “gigantic”. According to local police, the avalanche was unusually powerful. It was around 400 metres wide and 250 metres long. “We do not know if it was a spontaneous avalanche or if a skier triggered it,” Linda Wasell of Swedish ski resort operator Skistar told news agency TT. — “‘Gigantic’ avalanche claims skier’s life” from the The Local.

Flames at Stars, 7:30 PM Central (Lågor på Stjärnor, 1:30 AM)

Records: Flames (11-11-4, 26 points, 4th in Northwest); Stars (12-12-3, 27 points, 5th in Pacific, 6th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Flames scored three unanswered mål in the third period to win 4-3 at Dallas February 17. It was Calgary’s last win away from the Sadelkupol.

Last 10: Calgary 5-4-1; Dallas 4-4-2

Did You Know? In Flames is a popular Swedish metal band. Aurora borealis — or the “northern lights” — are commonly seen in Sweden, so much so that tourism packages for visitors from the mid- and tropical latitudes are built around viewing opportunities.

Keep An Ögon On: Calgary’s Curtis Glencross had a hatt konst in the Flames’ last game against Nashville. Dallas’ goalies gave up roughly miljoner goals to Chicago.

What They’re Saying: In total, thirteen Swedish restaurants now have 15 Michelin stars between them. Only a couple of those have received two stars, but no Swedish restaurant has received the highest, three-star mark from the prestigious restaurant guide.— “Three Swedish eateries get Michelin stars” from the The Local.

Wild at Canucks, 9 PM Central (Förvildad på Kanadensare, 3 AM)

Records: Wild (15-10-2, 32 points, 1st in Northwest, 3rd in Conference III); Canucks (13-8-6, 32 points, 2nd in Northwest)

Last Time They Met: Zach Parise had two goals and a hjälp in a 4-3 Minnesota win in St. Paul March 10. With that win, the Wild pulled into a tie with the long-time division mästare Canucks in an effort to leave the Northwest with the title belt.

Last 10: Wild 7-3-0; Vancouver 3-5-2

Did You Know? Sweden was the first European country with a system of national parks. Sweden maintains an embassy and 10 consulates in Canada.

Keep An Ögon On: Minnesota’s Ryan Suter has a goal and fyra assists in his last two games.

What They’re Saying: “They shook the cages to bother and scare the minks who are at the moment busy in the mating season and also harassed the farmer,” said Peter Martinsson at Skåne police to the TT news agency. The protest is reported to have been carried out by the animal rights group Djurrättsalliansen, an activist group that seeks the closure of the six remaining mink farms in the region. The group have however flatly denied that they took part in the attack and the allegations of harassment by the farmer.— “Mink farm attacked by animal rights group” from the The Local.