Great Game Previews In History: 2 October 2013

by J.R.

Today In History:

creedeOn this date in 1889, Nicholas C. Creede struck silver in what would later be known as the Amethyst Vein in southwest Colorado, the last major silver strike in the Old West. Shortly thereafter, Creede’s daily income was hitting $1,000 — roughly $27,000 in today’s money or what the Islanders are paying Rick DiPietro.

Scientific American described Creede as “reserved, modest, unassuming, taciturn, pure-minded, courageous and generous to a fault, but with a commanding air of a person whose few words were characterized by great good sense.” How very Conference III. The article also said he “knew not the taste of whiskey.” How not very Conference III.

He later died of an overdose of morphine — thought it was not a suicide. He just used it for pain management. And apparently used too much of it on one fateful night.

Ducks at Avalanche, 7:30 PM Mountain/8:30 PM Central

Records: Ducks (0-0-0, 0 points, 1st in Pacific); Avalanche (0-0-0, 0 points, 3rd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Matt Duchene had one of each and Gabriel Landeskog scored a shorty as Jean-Sebastian Giguere backstopped the Avs to a 4-1 win April 10 in Anaheim.

Last 10: Anaheim 0-0-0; Colorado 0-0-0

Historical Context: Colorado will find out if they struck the mother lode when they drafted Nathan MacKinnon.