Great Game Previews In History: 24 October 2013

by J.R.

wallstreet-crashToday In History

Everybody talks about Black Tuesday — Oct. 29, 1929 — as the big moment in the Stock Market Crash of 1929, precipitating the Great Depression.

But the trouble really started on Oct. 24, 1929 — Black Thursday — when the market lost 11 percent of its value at the opening bell (and really, it started with the hemming and hawing on Smoot-Hawley and with the arrest of some leading banking types over in London, which experienced its own crash in late September).

Some leading financiers rehashed a strategy that helped things during the Panic of 1907 — conspicuously buying up blue chip stocks at a price well above their current value; imagine this scene today: Warren Buffett himself literally on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange paying way too much for, say, Apple or Google. This is basically what happened. It worked. Briefly.

The rest, as they say…

Jets at Predators, 7 PM

Records: Jets (4-5-1, 9 points, 6th in Conference III); Predators (5-4-1, 11 points, 4th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Last Sunday, Carter Hutton was impressive in goal, a 3-1 Preds win at Winnipeg.

Last 10: Winnipeg 4-5-1; Nashville 5-4-1

Historical Context: No better example to kick off an anniversary of the start of a panicky downward spiral than this one. The wolves are already at Claude Noel’s door. And news of Pekka Rinne missing four weeks with a “spontaneous bacterial infection” in his surgically repaired hip has Preds fans eying the window ledge.

Blackhawks at Lightning, 6:30 PM

Records: Blackhawks (6-1-2, 14 points, 2nd in Conference III); Lightning (5-3-0, 10 points, 4th in the Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: The two interconference foes will meet for the last time this season before the end of October. The Lightning beat the Hawks 3-2 in Chicago October 5.

Last 10: Chicago 6-1-2; Tampa Bay 5-3-0

Historical Context: Chicago is Conference III’s established blue-chipper and people are still buying. Is there a Colorado bubble about to burst?

Hurricanes at Wild, 7 PM

Records: Hurricanes (4-2-3, 11 points, 2nd in the Metro); Wild (4-3-3, 11 points, 5th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Hurricanes scored three third-period goals to get a 5-3 win at the Xcel Center March 17, 2012.

Last 10: Carolina 4-2-3; Minnesota 4-3-3

Historical Context: The numbers looked good for the Wild all year, but they had paltry success goal-scoring wise. They were a strong buy in a down economy. Still they scored but once against a (potentially sick?) Rinne Tuesday night (and added an empty-netter).

Flames at Stars, 7:30 PM

Records: Flames (4-3-2, 10 points, 6th in the Pacific); Stars (3-5-0, 6 points, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Dallas won 4-3 at home March 18. Loui Eriksson 😦 had two goals.

Last 10: Calgary 4-3-2; Dallas 3-5-0

Historical Context: After a strong start, Calgary has lost three of four on this road trip. Dallas, too, has struggled. A win for either team might keep them from falling totally into depression, but will a win just be false dawn before an inevitable collapse?