Worldwide International Game Previews of the World: 19 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 Chile.


Stars at Blues, 7 PM (Estrellas contra Azuls, 9 PM)

Records: Stars (22-18-3, 47 points, 4th in Pacific, 5th in Conference III); Blues (25-16-2, 52 points, 2nd in Central, 2nd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: As has become common, we tell the story of the Stars last game with an opponent by noting that a now-departed player — in this case, Derek Roy — scored the game winner. It was a 4-1 Stars win March 3.

Last 10: Dallas 6-4-0; St. Louis 8-2-0

Did You Know? The Chilean flag, which looks an awful lot like the Texas flag, is known as La Estrella Solitaria, the Lone Star. Go figure. The blue on the flag, symbolizes the sky and the ocean.

Keep An Ojo On: Our amigo viejo Ray Whitney has four goals and six assists in a six-game scoring streak. The Blues’ Brian Elliot is 7-1-0 in April.

What They’re Saying: Scientists at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) have released what they call an “unusually good picture” of a star 3,300 light years from Earth taken by the ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, that is putting on a show of color and light as it dies. “What you’re looking at is an old star that has blown off some of its atmosphere into space, and is now surrounded by a big bubble of glowing gas,” Richard Hook, a spokesman for the ESO, told RIA Novosti. The glowing green cloud of gas is called a planetary nebula, and is part of the lifecycle of all stars that are the size of the sun or larger. “The sun will do this in a few billion years,” Hook said. Oxygen gives the gas bubble its green color, while the blue-white glow next to the green cloud is the “very hot center of the star, which will slowly cool down and die,” he added.  — “Chile-Based Telescope Captures Star’s Death” from RIA Novosti.

Predators at Blackhawks, 7:30 PM (Depredadores contra Halcones Negros, 9:30 PM)

Records: Predators (15-21-8, 38 points, 5th in Central, 6th in Conference III); Blackhawks (33-5-4, 70 points, 1st in Central, 1st in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Nashville tied the game twice and then took an early tercer período lead on a David Legwand goal, but gave up three straight to lose 5-3 in Chicago April 7.

Last 10: Nashville 1-7-2; Chicago 8-1-1

Did You Know? Smilodon — saber-tooth cats – lived in what is now Chile. The Chilean Hawk is, indeed, black.

Keep An Ojo On: For Nashville, Kevin Henderson becomes the sixth player to make his NHL debut for Nashville this season. Yikes. Marian Hossa has five points in four games.

What They’re Saying: Despite the whirlwind visit, Fogg said he learnt a lot from the Chilean culture, adding that the experience made him realize how stiff the United States can be. “Last night we were sitting at a hotel bar, just having a couple beers and they had karaoke,” Fogg said. “The lady singing could just sing so well. And then it was all these people dancing, like 50-year-old women and older. They had the best dance moves I’ve ever seen.” Chileans seem to appreciate the Alabama Shakes as well, even if their name might falsely lead people to believe they are known for their dance moves. “I’m not much of a dancer but I’ll try,” said Fogg, “I need some lessons, some South American lessons.” Javiera Mancilla is such a fan, she would probably agree to be the Chilean to teach him. Mancilla attended the Alabama Shakes festival at Lollapalooza and loves gospel music , southern U.S. culture and admits to watching Forrest Gump numerous times. “The main singer has a gorgeous voice, a really strong energy,” Mancilla said. “I’ve never heard a voice like hers before.”   — “Taking the Deep South deeper south” from Santiago Times.