Worldwide International Game Previews of the World: 7 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 Estonia.

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Predators at Blackhawks, 6 PM (Kiskjad juures Must Kullad, 2 AM)

Records: Predators (15-16-8, 38 points, 5th in Central, 5th in Conference III); Blackhawks (28-5-4, 60 points, 1st in Central, 1st in Conference III).

Last Time They Met: Eile pärastlõunal, Brian Bickell of all people scored the only goal in a 1-0 Chicago win in Nashville.

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

Did You Know? In 2008, Estonia was home to approximately 620 brown bears, 760 lynx, and 135 wolves. There are lots of golden eagles, relatively speaking, in Estonia; not many black hawks.

Keep Silm On: Pärand Kiska David Legwand has five points in four games. The Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews has six in the same period.

What They’re Saying: Meelis Pai, who has led the Estonian Puppet and Youth Theater since 2000, handed in his resignation today, the latest development in a clash between the institution and the Ministry of Culture. “Sadly, the attitude that the present leadership of the ministry [of culture] has shown towards our work has given birth to a pointless conflict and a crisis of confidence that does not seem to be subsiding,” Pai said in a press release today. The resignation comes after the theater was hit by a number of scandals, resulting in Minister of Culture Rein Lang sacking the head of the board, Jaan Puusaag, on Wednesday. In January, the theater’s art director quit after plagiarism claims surfaced.  — “Puppet Theatre Director Quits Amid Political Fracas ” from ERR News.

Blues at Red Wings, 11:30 AM (Bluus juures Punane Tiivad, 7:30 PM)

Records: Blues (20-14-2, 42 points, 3rd in Central, 3rd in Conference III); Red Wings (19-14-5, 43 points, 2nd in Central).

Last Time They Met: Alex Steen scored 52 seconds into ületunnitöö to give the Blues a 4-3 win in the Mootor Linn February 13.

Last 10: St. Louis 6-4-0; Detroit 6-4-0

Did You Know? Augustibluus is Estonia’s largest blues festival and features artists from 30 different countries. Sotsiaaldemokraatlik Erakond, Estonia’s Social Democratic Party, is as red a wing as you’ll get in this former Soviet republic.

Keep Silm On: Blues kapten David Backes, because he is probably carrying a nuga fashioned from household detritus and because he has goals in back-to-back games.

What They’re Saying: Baltic Blue Energy, a company owned by oil and logistics businessman Enderl Siff, plans to build an offshore wind farm between the two islands, writes Saarte Hääl. The farm would have a total of 388 wind generators and have a total capacity of 2,716 MW, according to the application filed to the Ministry of Economic Affairs. It would make it one it the largest in the world.  — “Estonia may get one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms” from Baltic Business News.

Wild at Blue Jackets, 5 PM (Metsik juures Sinine Jakid, 1 AM)

Records: Wild (21-14-2, 44 points, 2nd in Northwest, 2nd in Conference III); Blue Jackets (16-15-7, 39 points, 4th in Central).

Last Time They Met: Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored late in the kolmas periood to give the Wild a 3-2 win in St. Paul.

Last 10: Minnesota 6-4-0; Columbus 6-3-1

Did You Know? Estonia is heavily forested and sparsely populated and thus has a significant amount of wildlife. The blue on Estonia’s flag represents loyalty and the sea, sky and lakes of the country, while the black is the color of the jacket worn by Estonian peasants.

Keep Silm On: Nekrut Charlie Coyle — who was not in the Mighty Ducks movies — has eight points this year and got a goal Wednesday against San Jose.

What They’re Saying: An 34-year old arborist Heiki Hanso yesterday climbed 176 meters to reach the restaurant above the TV tower – on the outside of the buiding. It took him 32 minutes. ETV reported on the strange attempt to conquer the tallest building in Estonia – this time the direction was upwards and required the same equipment Hanso uses in his daily job. Hanso has climbed trees up to 50 meters high and tall buildings had yet be conquered. According to him, he used a steady “diesel engine-like” pace was to reach the top. “The salts of everyday life are deposited into the human body and perhaps adrenaline will clear up the system. It’s much better to carry on with the routine tomorrow,” said Hanso.  — “Tree Surgeon Scales TV Tower” from ERR News.

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