Thursday Thirteen: The Ice Storm

by J.R.

Every Thursday we bring you III Communication’s Conference III Power Rankings, the Thursday Thirteen.

This week, we’re battening down the hatches.

1. Chicago Blackhawks: Chicago is 11-3-1 on the road, accounting for more than half their points thus far. That’s, um, impressive.

2. Icestormapocalypse 2013: A major winter storm rolling through the Midwest and parts of the South will touch at least three Conference III cities — Dallas, Nashville and St. Louis (which is expected to get the brunt). Meanwhile, it snowed for like 36 consecutive hours years in Winnipeg. Ice storms are the nasty, bruising goons of the weather. Snow can slow you down, but it has a quiet beauty. Snow is like Ryan Suter. Ice storms will aggressively seek to harm you and cripple you. Ice storms are like Patrick Kaleta.

3. Colorado Avalanche: Did you know Colorado has the highest points-per-game in Conference III? They are clipping at 1.52 points per game, which is a 125 point pace. One hundred and twenty five.

4. St. Louis Blues: St. Louis is no PPG slouch either at 1.5 per (123 point pace) and they have the third-highest PPG rate in the division (Chicago is in at 1.51/124). Conference III — who certain dumbos said would be “aggressively terrible” — is real hard, you guys.

5. The A-Game Squirt Admirals: From Friend of the III Jim Diamond —

Michigan is part of the crapola Flortheast and we always like to see them put in their place.

6. Minnesota Wild: Mikael Granlund has been shut down temporarily with a concussion, reducing the number of forwards Mike Yeo will deploy to four.

7. Jennifer Jones:  The skip of Manitoba’s entrant in the Roar of the Rings — that’s Olympic curling qualifying for our neighbors to the north — has led her team into the finals, a first for a Manitoba team.

8. Dallas Stars: A sneaky win against the ‘Hawks and the Stars suddenly look to be quite dangerous. They just needed a Threero.

9. Jonathan Toews: Cool item from a solid Q&A with Jamal Mayers:

We have the same agent. It was told to me once that Taser went to Stan [Bowman] and said, ‘They don’t have to put Captain on the Cup if it means helps getting Jammer’s name on it. If that helps make room, I’ll do it.’ I guess Stan’s response was, ‘You don’t have to do that. His name will be on the Cup.’ My point is – that’s something I’ll tell my grandkids. Can you believe how selfless this guy is and what a leader this guy was? It’s amazing.

10. Nashville Predators: The Predators were hoping to bank points on the home stand, but thus far have earned exactly one.

11. The Great Smog of 1952: This ice storm might end up being pretty bad, but this bad?

The Great Smog of ’52 or Big Smoke was a severe air-pollution event that affected London during December 1952. A period of cold weather, combined with an anticyclone and windless conditions, collected airborne pollutants mostly from the use of coal to form a thick layer of smog over the city. It lasted from Friday 5 to Tuesday 9 December 1952, and then dispersed quickly after a change of weather.

Although it caused major disruption due to the effect on visibility, and even penetrated indoor areas, it was not thought to be a significant event at the time, with London having experienced many smog events in the past, so-called “pea soupers”. However, government medical reports in the following weeks estimated that up until 8 December 4,000 people had died prematurely and 100,000 more were made ill because of the smog’s effects on the human respiratory tract. More recent research suggests that the total number of fatalities was considerably greater, at about 12,000.

12. Winnipeg Jets: Dudes fighting in practice? Dudes fighting in practice!

13. This godawful Wild jersey: Seriously with the Jimmy Buffet?