Worldwide International Game Previews of the World: 27 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 Poland.

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Wild at Avalanche, 6:30 PM/5:30 Mountain (Dziki przeciw Lawina, 1:30 AM)

Records: Wild (25-19-3, 53 points, 2nd in Northwest, 3rd in Conference III); Avalanche (16-24-7, 39 points, 5th in Northwest, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Minnesota skoczył to a 3-0 lead and held on for a 6-4 win March 16.

Last 10: Minnesota 4-5-1; Colorado 3-4-2

Did You Know? The Białowieża Forest is so wild, it’s a World Heritage Site.

Keep An Oko On: This game, plus two other Conference III tilts in Columbus and Dallas. Some combination thereof decides the last two Western Conference playoff spots

What They’re Saying: The Szczecin police force announced on their website that they had received information from Warsaw to be on the lookout for these free key-rings. The key-rings contain microchips which send out a signal which show their location. The criminals follow the unsuspecting owner of the keyring home and then wait for a moment when they cannot pick up a signal from the chip to break into the empty property and commit burglary. — “Police warn about free key-rings” from New Poland Express.

Blackhawks at Blues, 7 PM (Czarne Jastrzębie przeciw Bluesa, 2 AM)

Records: Blackhawks (36-6-5, 77 points, 1st in Central, 1st in Conference III); Blues (28-17-2, 68 points, 2nd in Central, 2nd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Corey Crawford gave up bez goli April 14.

Last 10: Chicago 8-1-1; St. Louis 7-3-0

Did You Know? A variant of the Blackhawk helicopter is produced by PZL-Mielec, Sikorsky’s Polish subsidiary.

Keep An Oko On: Whether Chicago plays their Rockford roster.

What They’re Saying: As part of the British 8th Army, the Polish Second Corps advanced from Egypt to Italy, where Wojtek was present at the Battle of Monte Cassino, a clash which opened the road to Rome. He became the mascot of the 22nd Transport Company, with the official rank of private, not to mention a double daily ration of food. Professor Wojciech Narebski, the last living veteran in Poland of the company, was also present at yesterday’s conference. The 88-year-old recalled how the much-loved bear helped soldiers to load ammunition onto army trucks, and kept the men’s spirits up with his antics (which included gobbling up cigarettes and play-fighting with the troops). “In my opinion, the presence of an animal in any society, in the family or other groups, always has a very good influence on morale,” he said. “He was a friendly animal.” — “Krakow votes for WWII soldier bear statue” from The News.

Predators at Blue Jackets, 6 PM (Drapieżniki przeciw Błękitny Kurtki, 1 AM)

Records: Predators (16-22-9, 41 points, 5th in Central, 6th in Conference III); Blue Jackets (23-17-7, 53 points, 4th in Central)

Last Time They Met: Marian Gaborik scored a wygrywający on debiut in a 3-1 win at Nashville April 4.

Last 10: Nashville 1-8-1; Columbus 7-3-0

Did You Know? The primary predator in many of Poland’s national parks is the lynx.

Keep An Oko On: That Minnesota-Colorado game, because the Jackets need a win and some help (they’ll also keep an eye on the Dallas-Detroit game). This one is all about Bob, though.

What They’re Saying: Unionists demanding improved conditions for workers warned they may stage a general strike and protests across Poland after talks with the government Wednesday ended in stalemate. “We have a stalemate at the moment and there will be a general strike and a nationwide demonstration,” warned Piotr Duda, head of the Solidarity trade union, after talks between unions, the government and employers failed to produce a compromise. He did not name a date when unionists could stage a strike. Prime Minister Donald Tusk, head of the centrist Civic Platform (PO) party, stood his ground, telling reporters: “Whether there are threats of protests or not, I will never agree to moves which could increase unemployment in Poland.” — “Unionists threaten general strike as talks end in deadlock” from The Warsaw Voice.

Red Wings at Stars, 6 PM (Czerwony Skrzydełka przeciw Gwiazdy, 1 AM)

Records: Red Wings (23-16-8, 54 points, 3rd in Central); Stars (22-21-4, 48 points, 5th in Pacific, 5th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Way back at the end of styczeń, the Wings won 4-1.

Last 10: Detroit 5-2-3; Dallas 5-4-1

Did You Know? Nicolas Copernicus was Polish and he knew lots about stars.

Keep An Oko On: That Minnesota-Colorado game and that Nashville-Columbus game. This is going to be quite a finish.

What They’re Saying: Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Janusz Piechocinski, the leader of the Polish People’s Party (PSL), the junior partner in the coalition government, Tuesday denied at a joint press conference that there was a rift between them. The press conference took place a day after Piechocinski, who is a deputy prime minister and economy minister in Tusk’s government, told a newspaper that he would quit if his ideas were not taken into account. Piechocinski told reporters Tuesday: “I want to forcefully underline that relations between the coalition parties are good and rational.” — “PM and coalition ally deny rift” from The Warsaw Voice.

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