Great Game Previews In History: 30 November 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

800px-PreliminaryTreatyOfParisPaintingThe Treaty of Paris was agreed upon and signed by the dignitaries at the Hotel d’York in 1782, wrapping up the American Revolution.

It was exceedingly generous to the American Colonies, prompting the French minister Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, to say that “The English buy peace rather than they make it.”

British forces would withdraw and the western border of the new country was set at the Mississippi and, as such, included what would become Nashville and Chicago (but not St. Paul or St. Louis, only just barely). Benjamin Franklin couldn’t get the English to cede what is now Quebec (for better or worse). America also got certain fishing rights around Newfoundland.

In exchange, the Americans agreed to honor private debts and stop seizing Loyalist property.

And the world was given the greatest gift: America.

Wild at Avalanche, 7 PM Mountain/8 PM Central

Records: Wild (15-8-4, 34 points, 4th in Conference III); Avalanche (18-6-0, 36 points, 3rd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Well, it was last night and the Avs won 2-1 and Cody McLeod got ejected and Michael Russo forgot to delete his notes from the bottom of his blog.

Last 10: Minnesota 6-4-0; Colorado 6-4-0

Historical Context: A brief intermission between wars wasn’t unusual in the late 18th century. France and England and Spain and the Dutch had all been to war off and on for the better part of two hundred years (or seven hundred years). This need to fight big wars to settle small scores infected the U.S., who would go to war with Britain (not Canada, despite their revisionist insistence) in 1812.

Flyers at Predators, 7 PM

Records: Predators (13-11-2, 28 points, 6th in Conference III); Flyers (11-12-2, 24 points, 6th in SUDM)

Last Time They Met: In July 2012, the Flyers surged to a big lead, but the Predators tied them.

Last 10: Philadelphia 7-2-1; Nashville 5-5-0

Historical Context: The nascent government of the U.S. promised the return land to the Loyalists. Flyers fans insist that eventually Nashville will agree to a trade for Weber under the terms supposedly negotiated prior to the match of the offer sheet. It seems as likely that the Loyalists will eventually get their land back.

Blackhawks at Coyotes, 7 PM

Records: Blackhawks (19-4-4, 42 points, 1st in Conference III); Coyotes (15-6-4, 34 points, 4th in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: The Blackhawks won 5-4 in a shootout in Chicago Nov. 12.

Last 10: Chicago 8-2-0; Phoenix 5-3-2

Historical Context: The game marks the end of the circuitous Circus Trip for the ‘Hawks, just as the Treaty of Paris ended the circuitous journey to American independence, but the long trip is just a segment of the journey to supremacy and Chicago, like America, cannot take its foot off the gas.