Worldwide International Game Previews of the World: 15 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 Finland.


Stars at Blackhawks, 7 PM (Tähdet vastaan Musta Haukat, 3 AM)

Records: Stars (21-17-3, 45 points, 4th in Pacific, 4th in Conference III); Blackhawks (32-5-4, 68 points, 1st in Central, 1st in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Chicago put up a lumiukko on the Stars in the Kaupunki Tuulisuuden March 16.

Last 10: Dallas 6-4-0; Chicago 8-1-1

Did You Know? Helsinki Observatory, built in 1834, is part of the cluster of neo-Classical buildings at that city’s center. Angry Birds was programmed by Finns.

Keep A Silmä On: Bryan Bickell has three tavoitteet in his last five games. Vern Fiddler 10 of his 16 points this season in his last six games.

What They’re Saying: In addition to a country to plough through the economic turbulence, Finland was portrayed as a roughneck demanding uniform rules in the global media last year, the media reviews compiled by Finnish delegations suggest. Especially in crisis-ravaged countries, the tone of the media was frosty: Finland was said to be selfish and lack solidarity. The Italian media depicted Finland as the icon of a group of countries labelled as the “hawks of the north”. On the other hand, Finland’s views were appreciated in countries with high credit ratings. The media’s portrayal of Finland, however, was particularly negative in Russia, where the media disseminated unfounded claims about Finnish child welfare practices.  — “Finland portrayed as roughneck in global media” from The Helsinki Times.

Canucks at Predators, 7 PM (Kanadalaiset vastaan Saalistajat, 3 AM)

Records: Canucks (23-12-6, 52 points, 1st in Northwest); Predators (15-20-8, 38 points, 5th in Central, 6th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Canucks got seitsemän goals from seitsemän players in a 7-4 polttaminen lato in Vancouver March 14.

Last 10: Vancouver 7-3-0; Nashville 1-7-2

Did You Know? Finland has an embassy and 13 consulates in Canada, making it the most represented foreign country there, diplomatically speaking. The brown bear, which is a big giant predator, is Finland’s national animal.

Keep A Silmä On: Filip Forsberg for the Predators is still looking to rikkoa hänen ankka in the NHL.

What They’re Saying: Three instant loan providers have to justify the costs imposed on borrowers in an unprecedented trial, set to commence at the District Court of Helsinki, after usury charges were brought against them on 21 March. According to the prosecution, the lending costs imposed by the companies – DVB Investment Oy, FOC Capital Oy and TEC Trust Equity Capital – ranged from 27 to 89 per cent of the loan amount. The criminal suspicions stem from 2010, when the three companies provided a minimum of 10,000 instant loans, prosecutor Kari Penttinen reveals. “In 2010, their combined revenue was approximately three million euro.” The pre-trial investigation was launched in 2010 at the behest of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (KKV), after the implementation of more stringent regulations on the operations of instant loan providers. — “Three instant loan companies accused of predatory lending” from The Helsinki Times.

Blue Jackets at Avalanche, 8 PM/7 PM Mountain (Takit Sininen vastaan Lumivyöry, 4 AM)

Records: Blue Jackets (19-16-7, 45 points, 4th in Central); Avalanche (14-22-6, 34 points, 5th in Northwest, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Artem Anisimov scored in ylityö to give the Jackets a 2-1 win in Columbus March 3.

Last 10: Columbus 6-3-1; Colorado 3-5-2

Did You Know? Finn Jarmo Kekäläinen of the Jackets is the first European toimitusjohtaja in the NHL. The Finnish Meteorological Institute began monitoring avalanche threats in 2002.

Keep A Silmä On: The maalivahtien: Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky is one of the hottest in the league and you just never know what J.S. Giguere might say.

What They’re Saying: Wednesday’s exposure of details of the National Bureau of Investigation’s (KRP) classified suspect list has left policy-makers and police command under a barrage of questions. On Thursday, KRP reiterated that the inclusion of Russian President Vladimir Putin was an error, while conceding that the source of the leak remains unknown. The incident has also sparked responses from the office of the Prosecutor General, the Ministry of the Interior and data protection ombudsman Reijo Aarnio. Elsewhere, President Sauli Niinistö asserted that the incident will not to cause a rift in Russo-Finnish relations but should encourage the Police Administration to consider the basics of data collection. — “Russo-Finnish relations unaffected, Niinistö views” from The Helsinki Times.

Wild at Flames, 8 PM (Villi vastaan Liekit, 4 AM)

Records: Wild (22-16-3, 47 points, 2nd in Northwest, 3rd in Conference III); Flames (16-21-4, 36 points, 4th in Northwest)

Last Time They Met: Zach Parise scored in the ensimmäisen minuutin of overtime in a 2-1 Wild win in St. Paul February 26.

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

Did You Know? Roughly 2.7 percent of Finland’s total land area is national park land. The Great Oulu Fire of 1916 was Finland’s last urban fire, leaving 200 people homeless.

Keep A Silmä On: Jason Pominville has kaksi kutakin in his last four games.

What They’re Saying: The Environment Ministry wants to establish a new national park at the tip of Finnish Lapland’s remote north-western ‘arm’, the Käsivarsi. The forest management agency Metsähallitus is now carrying out a study and gathering comments from those who would be affected. The smallest option would just include the surroundings of the village of Kilpisjärvi on the Norwegian border, which has a year-round population of about 100. The most ambitious plan would include nearly the entire Käsivarsi. The current Käsivarsi Wilderness Area, set up around two decades ago, includes more than 2,200 square kilometres of scrubby fells and wilderness. Home to wolverines, hawks and semi-domesticated reindeer, it includes all but one of Finland’s mountains over 1000 metres. The idea of upgrading the area into a national park worries many local residents. Some voice concern that stricter rules – for instance banning or strictly limiting the use of snowmobiles – would undermine the tourist trade, which is the largest source of livelihood. — “Planned national park spurs debate in remote Lapp outpost” from YLE Uutiset.