Great Game Previews In History: It’s A Special Conference III Jukebox Edition

by J.R.

jukebox_630pxToday In History:

In 1889, the first jukebox went into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco.

It was little more than a Edison phonograph with four stethoscope-like tubes, so four patrons could listen at once.

Towels were supplied so that Palais Royale patrons could wipe off the listening tubes between uses. Despite competition from player pianos, this primitive jukebox was a big hit across the country. In its first six months of service, the Nickel-in-the-Slot earned over $1,000.

In honor of that and with today being a special day — all seven Conference III teams in action — it’s a jukebox edition of Game Previews.

Wild at Jets, 2 PM

Records: Wild (14-5-4, 32 points, 4th in Conference III); Jets (10-11-3, 23 points, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Wild won 2-1 on Nov. 17 in St. Paul.

Last 10: Minnesota 8-1-1; Winnipeg 5-4-1

The Jam: For a good Brunchrence III match-up, we need a good brunch song. Now, normally, we’d advocate a solid boozy brunch, especially when Conference III hockey is involved, but you’ve got a full day ahead of you. Mix some High Life and OJ and put this on for a spin…It’s m-m-m-Minny and the Jets:


Stars at Blues, 7 PM

Records: Stars (11-8-2, 24 points, 5th in Conference III); Blues (15-3-3, 33 points, 2nd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Blues 2, Stars 1 back on April 19.

Last 10: Dallas 6-3-1; St. Louis 7-2-1

The Jam: Brenden Morrow comes back to Dallas for the first time in a game of two teams, while playing solid hockey, have a hard time making ground in the tough voyage of Conference III. A captain returns. A tough voyage. “I’m Your Captain (Closer To Home)” by Grand Funk Railroad.


Rangers at Predators, 7 PM

Records: Rangers (11-11-0, 22 points, 4th in SUDM); Predators (11-9-2, 24 points, 6th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Henrik Lundqvist shutout the Preds 3-0 on Jan. 17, 2012 at MSG.

Last 10: New York 6-4-0; Nashville 5-4-1

The Jam: Two of the league’s lowest scoring teams (and two of the lowest PDOs) square off in Nashville. Maybe they’ll go in tonight, so just…:


Blackhawks at Canucks, 9 PM

Records: Blackhawks (15-4-4, 34 points, 1st in Conference III); Canucks (11-8-4, 26 points, 5th in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: ‘Twas a 3-1 win for the Canucks in Vancouver April 22.

Last 10: Chicago 7-2-1; Vancouver 3-4-3

The Jam: For a time — hell, maybe still to some degree now — this was one of the West’s great rivalries. But the Canucks and Hawks find themselves in two very different situations. The Hawks are at the familiar top of the division; the Canucks are the worst non-Alberta team in the Pacific. Worlds apart…


Avalanche at Kings, 8:30 PM Mountain/9:30 PM Central

Records: Avalanche (16-5-0, 32 points, 3rd in Conference III); Kings (15-6-2, 32 points, 4th in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: The Kings took it 4-1 on February 23.

Last 10: Colorado 6-4-0; Los Angeles 7-1-2

The Jam: This has been a series of streaks. LA’s won two in a row. Before that, Colorado had won five straight and before that the Kings had taken five in a row. When you’re hot…