Worldwide International Game Previews of the World: 12 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 Argentina.

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Stars at Predators, 7 PM (Estrellas contra Depredadores, 9 PM)

Records: Stars (19-17-3, 41 points, 5th in Pacific, 5th in Conference III); Predators (15-18-8, 38 points, 5th in Central, 6th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: In the last edición of The Chambers Pot, the Predators earned a victoria ganada sin que el adversario marque un tanto in a nasty 4-0 win March 13 in Dallas which created La Leyenda de Richard Clune.

Last 10: Dallas 6-4-0; Nashville 3-5-2

Did You Know? The Sol de Mayo on Argentina’s flag represents the Inca sun god and first appeared on Argentine coins in 1813. There are nearly three dozen species of the order Carnivora in Argentina, including a mess of small wild cats and, of course, the big and scary jaguar.

Keep An Ojo On: Stars estadistas Ray Whitney and Vern Fiddler combined for four goals in their last game. Predators guardameta finlandés Pekka Rinne has given up one goal three times in five starts, but has won just once. And he definitely won’t win tonight, unless it’s in relief, because Chris Mason is starting.

What They’re Saying: Two raiders attacked a bus driver in the Buenos Aires city neighbourhood of Villa Lugano today and amputated one of his fingers in reprisal for empty loot. The driver of the 115 line had just started his everyday route. Thieves tried first to cut off one of his hands. Following several violent attacks against bus drivers, victim’s colleagues have announced a protest to demand urgent security measures.  — “Raiders attack bus driver, amputate finger” from Buenos Aires Herald.

Blues at Blue Jackets, 6 PM (Azules contra Chaquetas Azules, 8 PM)

Records: Blues (23-14-2, 48 points, 2nd in Central, 2nd in Conference III); Blue Jackets (17-16-7, 41 points, 4th in Central)

Last Time They Met: David Backes’ second-period goal broke the atolladero in a 3-1 Blues win in St. Louis April 5.

Last 10: St. Louis 7-3-0; Lumbus 5-4-1

Did You Know? Norberto Napolitano, or Pappo, led an influential Argentine rock band called “Pappo’s Blues.” Black-market American dollars are called “blue dollars” in Argentina.

Keep An Ojo On: Jake Allen, the novato, will give Brian Elliot a night off in goal.

What They’re Saying: The aim is to prevent Argentines from responding to an uncertain economy as they normally do, by rushing to buy dollars. In that sense, the controls have been a triumph: they have slashed capital flight from $21.5 billion in 2011 to $3.4 billion last year; profits and dividends sent abroad have fallen from $4.4 billion in 2011 to $200m in 2012. But the victory is a Pyrrhic one: consumer and investor confidence is shot to pieces and many companies can no longer compete. The exchange rate for the unofficial “blue” dollar, as it is popularly called (for reasons which are obscure), is out of control. — “Argentina’s economy: Gaucho blues” from The Economist.

Red Wings at Blackhawks, 7:30 PM (Alas Rojas contra Halcones Negros, 9:30 PM)

Records: Red Wings (19-15-6, 44 points, 3rd in Central); Blackhawks (30-5-4, 64 points, 1st in Central, 1st in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Chicago scored a try y trasformata‘s worth in a 7-1 win March 31 in Ciudad de Motores.

Last 10: Detroit 5-5-0; Chicago 6-3-1

Did You Know? Unión Cívica Radica represents the reddest wing of mainstream Argentine politics. The black-collared hawk is all over Argentina and much of Central and South America, de hecho.

Keep An Ojo On: In this last divisional match-up of two old enemigos, watch Patrick Kane, who went without a point in Chicago’s last game. He has only had consecutive sin punta games once this year.

What They’re Saying: The Argentinian government has broken its official silence and shrugged off news that President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will not be invited to the funeral of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. “What do I care if I’m not invited somewhere that I wasn’t planning on going?” said the foreign minister, Héctor Timerman. “It’s just another provocation.” The minister reacted to the news that the Thatcher family had made a special request that Argentina’s president should not be invited to the funeral. — “Argentina responds with a shrug to Thatcher funeral snub” from The Guardian.

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