Great Game Previews In History: 27 November 2013
King Clovis I of the Franks dies November 27, 511.
Though he managed to unite much of what was now France under one ruler, his kingdom was divided among his four sons: Theuderic, Chlodomer, Childebert and Clotaire.
Why would anybody go through all the trouble of uniting something just to divide it? Maybe he didn’t care because he was dead.
In any event, the Merovingians managed to rule France for another 200 years, but the constant splitting of the kingdom didn’t really work out to create a stable situation and eventually the Merovingians gave way to the Carolingians of Charlemagne fame.
Blues at Avalanche, 7 PM Mountain/8 PM Central
Records: Blues (17-3-3, 37 points, 2nd in Conference III); Avalanche (17-5-0, 34 points, 3rd in Conference III)
Last Time They Met: Alex Steen had a pair, Matt Prater kicked a late field goal and the Blues beat the Avs 7-3 at the Scottrade Center Nov. 14.
Last 10: St. Louis 8-1-1; Colorado 6-4-0
Historical Context: Colorado started hot and St. Louis is playing hot. Is one waning while one waxes, much as the decline of Rome led to the rise of the Franks in Gaul?
Jets at Islanders, 6 PM
Records: Jets (11-11-4, 26 points, 7th in Conference III); Islanders (8-13-3, 19 points, 8th in SUDM)
Last Time They Met: John Tavares got a shootout winner in a 5-4 Isles win April 20.
Last 10: Winnipeg 5-3-2; New York 2-8-0
Historical Context: Two teams at the bottom of their respective divisions face a long climb back into the playoff hunt. They need to get it together, much as Clovis got it together by codifying the Salic Law.
Predators at Blue Jackets, 6 PM
Records: Predators (12-10-2, 26 points, 6th in Conference III); Blue Jackets (9-12-3, 21 points, 7th in SUDM)
Last Time They Met: Columbus completed an unprecedented season sweep of their old bugbear with a 3-1 win April 27.
Last 10: Nashville 5-5-0; Columbus 4-3-3
Historical Context: During his consolidation of Gaul, Clovis turned to a fellow ruler named Chararic. Chararic, though, bode his time, not sure if he wanted to back his fellow Frank or bolt to the other side — much as Columbus marked time in the Central before leaving for the weak and insidious East. If Chararic ever wore a blue jacket, it got blood stained when Clovis had them killed. Interestingly, Chararic and his son were tonsured and then ordained as a priest and deacon, respectively, but the son got a wild hair (if you’ll forgive the expression) and suggested they grow their tonsure out. That’s what set Clovis off. Seriously.
Coyotes at Wild, 7 PM
Records: Coyotes (14-6-4, 32 points, 4th in Pacific); Wild (15-6-4, 34 points, 4th in Conference III)
Last Time They Met: The Wild got a 4-3 overtime win on March 27.
Last 10: Phoenix 5-3-2; Minnesota 7-2-1
Historical Context: Both Phoenix and Minnesota will be without key players — Shane Doan and Zach Parise, respectively. Another person Clovis killed was a guy named Sigobert The Lame.
Blackhawks at Flames, 9 PM
Records: Blackhawks (17-4-4, 38 points, 1st in Conference III); Flames (8-11-4, 20 points, 6th in Pacific)
Last Time They Met: The Flames…beat the Blackhawks? Yep, 3-2 in overtime Nov. 3
Last 10: Chicago 8-2-0; Calgary 3-5-2
Historical Context: Clovis’ original kingdom of Toxandria was pretty small, but he was savvy. Which just goes to show you, pre-modern wars aren’t fought on paper and neither are hockey games.