Great Game Previews In History: 21 November 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

The original and still champion Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff and Colin Clive, opened on this day in 1931.

The film opened with Edward Van Sloan — a Minnesotan! — stepping from behind a curtain and saying:

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Those last few sentences: “I think it will thrill you. It may shock you. It might even horrify you. So, if any of you feel that you do not care to subject your nerves to such a strain, now’s your chance to uh, well, ––we warned you!!” Works as a nice preface for Conference III action as the season’s second quarter gets underway tonight with five games featuring six Conference III teams. Only Minnesota has the night off. Lucky them.

In the word’s of Mr. Van Sloan:

I think it will thrill you. It may shock you. It might even horrify you. So, if any of you feel that you do not care to subject your nerves to such a strain, now’s your chance to uh, well, ––we warned you!!

Blackhawks at Jets, 7 PM

Records: Blackhawks (14-4-4, 32 points, 1st in Conference III); Jets (10-10-3, 23 points, 6th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: This is the third meeting of four and the third this month. The last — the Adam Pardy Game — was a 4-1 Blackhawks win in Chicago.

Last 10: Chicago 7-2-1; Winnipeg 5-4-1

Historical Context: True North hates fun as much as Frankenstein’s monster hated fire.

Blues at Bruins, 6 PM

Records: Blues (14-3-3, 31 points, 3rd in Conference III); Bruins (14-6-1, 29 points, 1st in Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: Brad Marchand had a pair in a 4-2 Bruins win Feb. 22, 2012, at the Scottrade Center.

Last 10: St. Louis 7-2-1; Boston 7-2-1

Historical Context: A battle of two big powers from East and West, not unlike the rivalry of horror that was Boris Karloff (who, despite his Slavic stage name, was quite English) and Bela Lugosi (who was actually Hungarian). After his success in Dracula, Lugosi was intended to play the monster in Frankenstein, but the part ended up with Karloff. Some say it’s because he was unhappy with being “downgraded” as he was originally cast as Dr. Frankenstein. Others say he was unsuited for the role — Lugosi didn’t like the original script, saying it made him simply a “scarecrow.” In any event, Karloff ended up with the iconic part.

Predators at Maple Leafs, 6 PM

Records: Predators (10-9-2, 22 points, 7th in Conference III); Maple Leafs (13-7-1, 27 points, 3rd in Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists and Jonathan Bernier, as always, shut out the Predators in a 4-0 Leafs win in Nashville Oct. 10

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

Historical Context: Bernier is 8-1-0 all-time against Nashville with a .941 save percentage and 1.67 GAA. Like a monster in a castle, he’s perhaps more terrifying in the Nashville imagination than he is in practice. Can the Predators finally burn the beast?

Rangers at Stars, 7:30 PM

Records: Rangers (10-11-0, 20 points, 4th in SUDM); Stars (11-7-2, 24 points, 5th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Stars won by the slimmest of margins — 1-0 — at MSG Dec. 13, 2011.

Last 10: New York 6-4-0; Dallas 7-2-1

Historical Context: Frankenstein debuted at New York’s Mayfair Theater, but not without controversy. The still off-putting scene of the monster drowning the little girl Maria was eliminated or shortened in many places (including parts of New York state). Will the evil science of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn be too much for New Yorkers to take?

Avalanche at Coyotes, 8 PM Mountain/7 PM Central

Records: Avalanche (15-5-0, 30 points, 4th in Conference III); Coyotes (14-4-3, 31 points, 3rd in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: The Avs won 5-4 in a shootout on April 26.

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

Historical Context: One of the many themes of Frankenstein centers on the dangers of an egomaniac harboring a God complex.

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