Great Game Previews In History: 19 November 2013

by J.R.

Help us out as the season’s quarter mark approaches!

Today In History

1958_Corsair_DatenFord officially discontinued its horrible Edsel line on this day in 1959.

There’s been a lot written about why the Edsel was such a colossal disaster. Some say it was the name, some say it was the weird design — vertical grills! – and some say it was just poorly marketed, with Ford execs not enthused by it and very little actual consumer research executed.

But the fact is the Edsel missed its mark. Where Conference III is a success — appealing to the sensibilities and aspirations both of Middle America, the Edsel was a failure. It was intended to be the in-between line, above the basic Ford and below the more high-end Mercury. Edsel, unfortunately, was priced all over the place — some models in line with Ford, some in line with Mercury, some between and some actually more expensive than the Mercury. It offended the sensibilities and aspirations of Middle America.

Blackhawks at Avalanche, 7 PM Mountain/8 PM Central

Records: Blackhawks (14-3-4, 32 points, 1st in Conference III); Avalanche (14-5-0, 28 points, 4th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: On March 18, the Blackhawks won 5-2 with a goal and two assists each from Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

Last 10: Chicago 8-1-1; Colorado 6-4-0

Historical Context: The Blackhawks are, like, say, a Cadillac. The Avs are…maybe a Saturn? Like they were successful in the 90s and then weren’t for awhile and are now trying to get back to glory. Saturn’s gone from Spring Hill, after all, but the factory is in a resurgence.

Blues at Sabres, 6 PM

Records: Blues (13-3-3, 29 points, 3rd in Conference III); Sabres (5-16-1, 11 points, 8th in Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: David Backes had two of each in a 4-2 Blues win at Scottrade Jan 21, 2012.

Last 10: St. Louis 7-2-1; Buffalo 3-7-0

Historical Context: Some historians — and, famously, Barry Goldwater — blamed Robert McNamara (later Kennedy’s Secretary of Defense) for the Edsel’s failure. McNamara amassed a lot of power at Ford, in part because he embraced the old-school Ford family line of thinking that only the Ford line mattered. Terry Pegula is a little bit Fordy — bringing in old-school Buffalo types to right the ship.

Wild at Canadiens, 6:30 PM

Records: Wild (13-4-4, 30 points, 2nd in Conference III); Canadiens (10-9-2, 22 points, 2nd in Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: Jason Pominville scored late in the game in a 4-3 Wild win at the X Nov. 2.

Last 10: Minnesota 8-1-1; Montreal 4-4-2

Historical Context: While Ford was trying to shoehorn in another division into its hierarchy with the Edsel, the NHL was probably more interested in creating equal divisions. They didn’t. Only one team in the East — Tampa Bay, of all things — has enough points to qualify for the playoffs in the West. Nashville, eight points out in the West, would be two points out in the East. You get the picture.

Predators at Red Wings, 6:30 PM

Records: Predators (9-9-2, 20 points, 7th in Conference III); Red Wings (9-5-7, 25 points, 4th in Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: Nashville’s 2-1 first period was erased with four straight Red Wing goals, a 5-2 win in Detroit in last season’s penultimate game.

Last 10: Nashville 4-5-1; Detroit 3-1-6

Historical Context: Detroit aimed for the middle and missed miserably with the Edsel. They’ve done the same against Conference III this year, a woeful 1-1-2 with losses to the Jets and Stars.