Worldwide International Game Previews of the World: 6 April 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 Norway.


Blackhawks at Predators, 2 PM (Svart Haukene på Rovdyr, 9 PM)

Records: Blackhawks (27-5-4, 58 points, 1st in Central, 1st in Conference III); Predators (15-15-8, 38 points, 5th in Central, 4th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Nashville got two merkelig goals in the third period to secure the taperen punkt. Ultimately, Chicago won in the shootout courtesy of the emerging face of Conference III, Michal Rozsival. It was a 3-2 final during Where Angels Fear to Tread ’13.

Last 10: Chicago 6-3-1; Nashville 4-4-2

Did You Know? The white-throated dipper is Norway’s national bird, which seems silly when the goshawk — which is black — is so prevalent. The largest Norwegian predator is, predictably, the polar bear. The Last Predators is the third studio album from Norwegian black metal band Troll. Norwegians eat a heart breakfast that includes dishes we might think more appropriate for brunch — like fish — and in common with many Southerners, Norwegians often drink a type of buttermilk (they call it Kulturmelk).

Keep An Øye On: All the delicious brunch foods you can eat during Brunchrence III. Also keep an eye on your alcohol consumption and don’t drink and drive. Drink and walk, if you have to, but try to stay out of traffic. The ‘Hawks Brandon Saad has 18 points in his last 17. David Legwand has seven in his last five for the Predators.

What They’re Saying: The Norwegian brown bear population has dropped for the second year running, according to a fresh report from Bioforsk. The survey shows that 137 bears were registered nationwide in 2012, 14 fewer than in 2011 and 29 fewer than in 2010. Of the 137 bears, 51 were females and 86 males. Most bears were registered in the county of Finnmark (49), followed by Hedmark (37) and Nord-Trøndelag (30).  — “Norway’s bear population drops” from The Norway Post.

Flyers at Jets, 2 PM (Flyr Menn på Jetfly, 9 PM)

Records: Flyers (17-17-3, 37 points, 5th in Atlantic); Jets (18-19-2, 38 points, 2nd in Southeast, 5th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Jets went oh-for on the makt spille and the straff drap teamet was no better in a 5-3 loss in Philly February 23.

Last 10: Philadelphia 5-3-2; Winnipeg 3-7-0

Did You Know? The Norwegian Luftforsvaret has 57 F-16s and 1,430 peace-time personnel. Vikings set sail for the American continent in order to secure supplies for brunch [dubious].

Keep An Øye On: The omelet station at brunch! If the line gets too long, opt for waffles or perhaps smoked salmon (popular in Norway).

What They’re Saying: Norwegian Air is among airlines affected by the idling of the global Dreamliner fleet on Jan. 16 in the wake of incidents with lithium-ion batteries. While Boeing has proposed a fix, it hasn’t given new delivery dates for planes the Oslo-based company should get from April, Kjos said in an interview. “There’ll be a delay that hits us on the first two aircraft,” Kjos said. Norwegian Air has leased two Airbus SAS A340s to provide cover, one for two months, the other for three, during which time the 787s should arrive, he said. — “Norwegian Air stays loyal to Boeing 787 despite grounding” from Skift.

Avalanche at Coyotes, 8 PM (Snøskred på Villhunder, 3 AM)

Records: Avalanche (12-20-5, 29 points, 5th in Northwest, 7th in Conference III); Coyotes (16-15-6, 38 points, 4th in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: The Coyotes won 3-2 in overtid on a Shane Doan goal February 11.

Last 10: Colorado 2-7-1; Phoenix 3-4-3

Did You Know? The Norwegian Geological Institute has a Discipline Leader for Avalanches, Natural Hazards and Rockslides.

Keep An Øye On: PA Parenteau is a punkt per kamp man this year.

What They’re Saying: Norway’s northern city of Tromsø, along with much of the northern region of the country, continued on Monday to be plagued by avalanches that have caused major emergencies throughout the Easter holiday week. Monday’s slide hit frighteningly close to home, in a residential area and close to a local school. The avalanche could be seen clearly from downtown Tromsø, just across the water, when its mounds of snow crashed down the mountainside just below a popular recreation area. “We could see that the snow began to move on the mountainside,” Marit Martinsen Dahle, who was exercising in front of a window at an athletic center near Skarven in Tromsø, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). ”It looked like it just tore out the whole side of the mountain.” — “Yet another avalanche hits Tromsø” from News In English Norway.