Great Game Previews In History: 10 November 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

Cumbre_Iberoamericana_2007During the 2007 Ibero-American Summit in Santiago, Chile, Hugo Chavez kept interrupting Spain’s prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. Eventually His Majesty Juan Carlos the First, By the Grace of God, the King of Spain, King of Castile, of León, of Aragon, of the Two Sicilies, of Jerusalem, of Navarre, of Granada, of Seville, of Toledo, of Valencia, of Galicia, of Sardinia, of Córdoba, of Corsica, of Murcia, of Jaén, of the Algarves, of Algeciras, of the Canary Islands, of the East and West Indies, of the Islands and Mainland of the Ocean Sea; Archduke of Austria; Duke of Burgundy, of Brabant, of Milan, of Athens and Neopatria; Count of Habsburg, of Flanders, of Tyrol, of Roussillon, and of Barcelona; Lord of Biscay and of Molina de Aragón; Captain General and Supreme Commander of the Royal Armed Forces; Sovereign Grand Master of the Order of the Golden Fleece and of the orders awarded by the Spanish state, got fed up and said:

¿Por qué no te callas?

More or less, “Why don’t you just shut up?” Baller.

Predators at Devils, 6 PM

Records: Predators (8-6-2, 18 points, 5th in Conference III); Devils (4-7-5, 13 points, 6th in Stupid, Ugly, Dumb Metro)

Last Time They Met: There were four goal scorers in regulation: Dave Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk for New Jersey and Jerred Smithson and Colin Wilson for Nashville. Wilson is the only guy still with his team. In the shootout, Kovalchuk and Zach Parise scored for Jersey and Matt Halischuk and Cal O’Reilly (CAL O’REILLY) missed for Nashville. This game took place about 930 years ago.

Last 10: Nashville 5-3-2; New Jersey 4-4-2

Historical Context: So Chavez’s rant wasn’t really directed at the king or even at Zapatero. It was directed at the former prime minister, José María Aznar, whom he called a “fascist” and “less human than snakes.”

Oilers at Blackhawks, 6:30 PM

Records: Oilers (4-12-2, 10 points, 7th in Pacific); Blackhawks (11-2-4, 26 points, 2nd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Hawks clinched the Presidents Trophy with a 4-1 win in front of crazy-ass Ray Emery April 24 in Edmonton.

Last 10: Edmonton 3-6-1; Chicago 7-1-2

Historical Context: Chavez didn’t stop there. He went to OPEC and got chided by the King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia for suggesting that OPEC assert itself.

Sharks at Jets, 7 PM

Records: Sharks (10-2-4, 24 points, 3rd in Pacific); Jets (7-9-2, 16 points, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Antti Niemi stopped all 24 during a Jan. 12, 2012 2-0 Sharks victory.

Last 10: San Jose 4-2-4; Winnipeg 3-5-2

Historical Context: Chavez, like the Jets, should have listened to this advice:


Capitals at Avalanche, 6 PM Mountain/7 PM Central

Records: Capitals (9-7-1, 19 points, 2nd in Stupid, Ugly, Dumb Metro); Avalanche (13-2-0, 26 points, 1st in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Colorado rolled all over the Caps 5-1 at the Verizon Center October 12.

Last 10: Washington 7-2-1; Colorado 8-2-0

Historical Context: The King’s off-the-cuff remark proved to be a huge and surprising success…like the Avs!