Great Game Previews In History: 1 October 2013

by J.R.

800px-Congress_of_ViennaToday In History:

The Congress of Vienna opened in…uh…Vienna Oct. 1, 1814. The Great Powers of Austria, Great Britain, Russia, Prussia and France, along with pretty much everyone else in Europe got together to redraw the map of Europe and usher in a new power structure. Conference III — drawn together by the powers-that-be — will seek to do the same for the NHL.

Capitals at Blackhawks, 7 PM

Records: Capitals (0-0-0, 0 points, 1st in Metropolitan); Blackhawks (0-0-0, 0 points, 1st in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: It was March 18, 2012 and the Blackhawks won 5-2 and Andrew Shaw had a couple of goals in his first two-goal game.

Last 10: Washington 0-0-0; Chicago 0-0-0

Historical Context: Chicago will hang its banner, much as Metternich hung his after the Congress approved the Final Act. The Congress created a confederation that led to a united Germany and the rise of the disparate German states as a unified force in Europe. Is today the first step in Chicago taking hold of the League, too?

Jets at Oilers, 9 PM

Records: Jets (0-0-0, 0 points, 1st in Conference III); Oilers (0-0-0, 0 points, 1st in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: A 5-3 Oilers win February 27, 2012.

Last 10: Winnipeg 0-0-0; Edmonton 0-0-0

Historical Context: The best part of the Final Act is that there are portions that restore home furnishings to various crowned heads of Europe. Did Winnipeg get demonstrably better in the offseason or was Chevy just rearranging the furniture?