Worldwide International Game Previews of the World: 22 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 Croatia.


Jets at Sabres, 6 PM (Mlaznica protiv Sablje, 1 AM)

Records: Jets (23-19-3, 49 points, 2nd in Southeast, 4th in Conference III); Sabres (19-20-6, 44 points, 5th in Northeast)

Last Time They Met: Kapetan Andrew Ladd broke a nestran 13-game goalless streak in a 4-1 Winnipeg win April 9.

Last 10: Winnipeg 5-4-1; Buffalo 6-4-0

Did You Know? The MiG-21 is the primary fighter in the Hrvatsko ratno zrakoplovstvo i protuzračna obrana. Legend has it that the Croatian capital of Zagreb was founded where a Croatian leader stabbed his sword in the ground, causing water to pour forth.

Keep An Oko On: Ladd has 14 points in seven games and has scored four goals in his last four games against Buffalo.

What They’re Saying: A message in a bottle thrown in the ocean in Nova Scotia, Canada 28 years ago, was found in the Adriatic Sea in southern Croatia this week. “Mary, you really are a great person. I hope we can keep in correspondence. I said I would write. Your friend always, Jonathon. Nova Scotia ‘85.”, it says in the message found in a bottle at delta of the Neretva river. The bottle was found during cleaning up of a local beach, daily Slobodna Dalmacija reports.  — “Message in a bottle from Nova Scotia found in Croatia after 28 years” from Croatian Times.

Blackhawks at Canucks, 9 PM (Crne Sokol protiv Kanađani, 4 AM)

Records: Blackhawks (34-5-5, 73 points, 1st in Central, 1st in Conference III); Canucks (25-13-7, 57 points, 1st in Northwest)

Last Time They Met: Marian Hossa was ozlijeđen in a game the Hawks won 4-3 in a jedanaesteraca February 19.

Last 10: Chicago 8-0-2; Vancouver 6-3-1

Did You Know?  Sokolac Castle is named for the Croatian word for hawk, which appears on the coat of arms of the town of Brinje. There are more than 97,000 people of Croat ancestry living in Canada and famous Croat-Canadian hockey players include the Mahovlich brothers.

Keep An Oko On: Patrick Kane has a golova and four asistencija in three games.

What They’re Saying: A girl in Croatia has already smashed two of her boyfriend’s cars with an axe to get revenge on him for partying while she was working. 19-year-old Marijana B. from the northern town of Pitomaca phoned her 22-year-old boyfriend and when he didn’t respond as he was  partying with friends she took an axe and smashed his Opel. Police soon found her in a nearby coffee shop. She was calm and not drinking, just explained she has told him she would do that if he was partying and not responding phone calls. She already did the same some time ago smashing his Golf for the same reason. The couple confirmed they are still together. — “Teenage girl smashes boyfriends cars if he does not reply phone calls” from Croatian Times.