Worldwide International Game Previews Of The World: 23 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 Italy.


Avalanche at Stars, 7 PM Central (Valanga a Stelle, 1 AM)

Records: Avalanche (11-14-4, 26 points, 5th in Northwest, 7th in Conference III); Stars (14-13-3, 31 points, 4th in Pacific, 5th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Colorado won 4-3 Wednesday from a Chuck Kobasew power play goal. Dallas had early goals from the vecchi.

Last 10: Colorado 3-6-1; Dallas 4-5-1

Did You Know? Operation Avalanche was the Allied invasion of Italy. The Stella d’Italia is the ancient symbol of Italy.

Keep An Occhio On: Ray Whitney has three reti and three assists during a five-game point streak.

What They’re Saying: By any standards, and whatever happens, Beppe Grillo and the Five Star Movement (M5S) have imagesemerged from Italy’s general election as big winners. Because of the way the electoral system works – favouring alliances Grillo shuns – the M5S will not be the overall victor. But projections suggested it could get more votes than any other party, and could hold the balance of power in the upper house, the Senate. “Honesty will be fashionable again,” Grillo declared on Twitter, as the projections began to emerge. But Grillo has so far refused to do deals with any other parties so small wonder markets and chancelleries view with alarm the progress of the man whose name translates as Joe – Beppe is a diminutive of Giuseppe, or Joseph – Cricket. It could scarcely be bettered as that of someone who has taken it on himself to recount uncomfortable truths, because that is also the role of the cricket in Italy’s best-loved children’s book, Pinocchio. — Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement becomes Italy’s election success story” — from The Guardian.

Sharks at Wild, 1 PM Central (Squali a Selvatico, 7 PM)

Records: Sharks (13-10-6, 32 points, 3rd in Pacific); Wild (17-10-2, 36 points, 1st in Northwest, 2nd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: This is the primo incontro between these teams this year.

Last 10: San Jose 4-4-2; Minnesota 7-3-0

Did You Know? Lucio Falci’s wild 1979 movie Zombi 2which I have actually seen — features a fight between a shark and a zombie.

Keep An Occhio On: Human vowel hoarder Devin Setoguchimanrealtalk has six goals during a five-game punto streak.

What They’re Saying: Traces of cesium-137 above the ruled thresholds have been detected in Italy’s boars, local reports said boaron Friday. The radioactive isotope of the element cesium was found following routine surveillance on tongue and diaphragm from boars in northern Piedmont region, according to a statement published on the health ministry’s website. … Experts quoted by the ANSA news agency estimated that the radioactive isotope may derive from the Russian Chernobyl nuclear power plant, after the 1986 accident. Some said that two nuclear sites in Piedmont region, the Trino Vercellese station dismantled in 1987 and an experimental site in the Saluggia area, as well as toxic waste, may also be at the origin of the findings.Cesium-137 traces detected in Italian boars” from SINA.

Blue Jackets at Predators, 7 PM Central (Giacche Blu a Predatori, 1 AM)

Records: Blue Jackets (13-12-6, 32 points, 4th in Central); Predators (12-13-6, 30 points, 5th in Central, 6th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Preds scored twice in the final two minutes to make it look rispettabile in a 4-3 loss during the middle of this, Columbus’ incredibile points streak.

Last 10: Columbus 8-0-2; Nashville 3-6-1

Did You Know? Italy’s soccer team wears blue jackets. The golden jackal — which is actually closely related to the grey wolf, rather than other jackals — is one of the most widespread predators of southern Europe, Asia Minor, the Middle East and Africa and begins breeding in northern Italy in late April.

Keep An Occhio On: Roman Josi — who is Swiss but speaks Italian — has seven points in four games.

article-2293970-18AD90CF000005DC-700_634x354What They’re Saying: These dramatic pictures show the moment an unlucky sparrow was suddenly plucked from mid-air by a deadly predator. The bird was left in no doubt as to the pecking order of the natural world when a merciless sparrowhawk swooped for the kill. The smaller animal squawked in protest, but was no match for the bird of prey which singled it out from a flock of hundreds of sparrows. Photographer Margitta Schuff Thomann caught the spectacular hunt on camera as she was crossing the Isola Della Cona nature reserve in Italy. —Sparrow meets his maker as he is seized in the air by a deadly sparrowhawk” from The Daily Mail

Blues at Oilers, 9 PM Central (Azzurri a Oliatori, 3 AM)

Records: Blues (16-11-2, 34 points, 2nd in Central, 3rd in Conference III); Oilers (11-11-7, 29 points, 3rd in Northwest)

Last Time They Met: The Blues won 4-2 a casa on March 1 after falling behind 2-0 in the first period.

Last 10: St. Louis 6-4-0; Edmonton 3-4-3

Did You Know? Italian blues guitarist Rudy Rotta has released 16 albums since 1990. Oil and gas conglomerate Eni S.p.A. is the country’s largest industrial company.

Keep An Occhio On: St. Louis’ Chris Stewart was the NHL’s first star last week.

What They’re Saying: Italy were impressive in this friendly against Brazil in Geneva. The game ended 2-2, with the Azzurri fighting back to draw with goals by De Rossi and Balotelli, after going behind to goals from Fred and Oscar. It was only down to a good Julio Cesar performance and wastefulness in front of goal that Italy didn’t do even better against the Selecao. They went in at the break behind, despite playing well in a 4-3-1-2 formation. Then, led by Balotelli in a commanding mood, they responded well in the second-half, with Cerci impressing on his debut on the right-wing. With this result, the Azzurri can put behind them their two most recent outings against Brazil (2-0 loss in a London friendly and a 3-0 defeat in the Confederations Cup in Pretoria, both in 2009). — “Italy-Brazil 2-2, Azzurri impressive Balotelli starred” from La Gazzetta dello Sport