Worldwide International Game Previews of the World: 30 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 Slovenia.

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Predators at Avalanche, 2 PM Central/1 PM Mountain (Plenilci na Plazova, 8 PM)

Records: Predators (14-14-6, 34 points, 5th in Central, 6th in Conference III); Avalanche (11-18-4,  26 points, 5th in Northwest, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: In a wild one on Predsednikov Dan, the Avs held on for a 6-5 win. Had so much, this Conference III rematch is also on a holiday afternoon. A happy (?) Velika sobota.

Last 10: Nashville 4-5-1; Colorado 2-8-0

Did You Know? Slovenia is incredibly biodiverse. It contains 1 percent of the world’s species while only occupying 0.04 percent of its land. The Eurasian lynx has successfully been reintroduced. Avalanches are the leading cause of death-by-natural-disaster in Slovenia.

Keep A Oči On:  Lep brado Mike Fisher has nine points in his last game but left with a bum hand in the Preds 7-4 loss to Phoenix. He is traveling with the team. PA Parenteau has six points in a four-game streak.

What They’re Saying: Temperatures are currently a few degrees below the freezing point throughout Slovenia and Gregorčič forecasts that it will remain this cold for the greater part of Tuesday. Snow has been intermittent, but will continue for another 24 hours. By the time it stops on Tuesday evening, the thickest cover will blanket hilly parts of southern Slovenia, while 5-15 centimetres is expected on low ground. Gregorčič warned of the risk of avalanches in the mountains, where it is currently especially cold and winds with temperatures more than ten degrees below zero. — “Temperatures in Late March at 50-Year Low” from Slovenia Times.

Hurricanes at Jets, 2 PM Central (Orkani na Šobe, 8 PM)

Records: Hurricanes (15-15-2, 32 points, 2nd in Southeast); Jets (18-15-2,  38 points, 1st in Southeast, 3rd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Southeast Division’s two best teams meet for the 14th time in 12 days or something. The last time they met — which was earlier today — Kapitan Kane had a goal and three assists.

Last 10: Carolina 2-7-1; Winnipeg 2-8-0

Did You Know? The Orkan was a missile system joint developed by Yugoslavia and Iraq; several of them are extant but Slovenia has none. During the various Yugoslav wars, Slovenia ended up with two F-86s and a F-84. Now they are all retired and the Air Force has no jet aircraft.

Keep A Oči On: Ondrej Pavelec is neporažen against Carolina this year with a 2.02 GAA.

What They’re Saying: Hungarian fighter jets will join the Italian aviation in protecting the Slovenian air space as part of NATO, Slovenia’s and Hungary’s defence ministers Aleš Hojs and Csaba Hende agreed in Lendava on Friday. The agreement still needs to be confirmed by the government and parliament. — “Hungary to Join Italy in Protecting Slovenia’s Air Space” from Slovenian Times.

Kings at Wild, 7 PM Central (Kralji na Divji, 1 AM)

Records: Kings (19-12-2, 40 points, 2nd in Pacific); Wild (20-11-2,  42 points, 2nd in Northwest, 2nd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Bizarrely, this is the first time these two teams have met this sezona. They’ll play three times in the next 24 days.

Last 10: Los Angeles 6-4-0; Minnesota 8-2-0

Did You Know? Slovenia was never a kingdom. It was ruled by vassals of the Habsburgs. There was the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, but it was ruled by a Serbian family. You could say Anze Kopitar is the first Slovene King, except that Beno Udrih played for Sacramento. Slovenia is Europe’s most forested country.

Keep A Oči On: Finski Mikko Koivu has three goals and six assists in six games.

What They’re Saying: Comparisons with Cyprus are “unnecessary and inappropriate” and bank deposits are safe. “There is no need to panic,” she stressed. Bratušek announced that her government would continue with the good measures started by the previous government, including the bad bank, the Slovenia Sovereign Holding and fiscal consolidation. — “PM Reiterates Slovenia Does Not Need Aid” from Slovenian Times.

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