Great Game Previews In History: 27 December 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

800px-HMS_Beagle_by_Conrad_MartensThe HMS Beagle departed Plymouth Sound for its second voyage.

Captain Robert FitzRoy surmised that having a geologist on board would be a good idea, so he signed up Charles Darwin as a supernumerary.

Originally planned at two years, the circumnavigation ended up lasting five and along the way, Darwin developed his theory of evolution, especially while at Punta Alta, Argentina, where he found the remains of giant, extinct mammals and at the Galapagos, of course.

Avalanche at Blackhawks, 7 PM Central/6 PM Mountain

It’s for The Conference III Championship Belt. Check the Tale of the Tape.

Wild at Jets, 7 PM

Records: Wild (20-14-5, 45 points, 4th in Conference III); Jets (16-18-5, 37 points, 6th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Charlie Coyle one-two-three-triple-deked for a shootout winner in a 3-2 Minnesota win Nov. 23.

Last 10: Minnesota 4-6-0; Winnipeg 3-6-1

Historical Context: Minnesota is de-evolving somehow.

Predators at Stars, 7:30 PM

Records: Predators (16-17-4, 36 points, 7th in Conference III); Stars (18-12-6, 42 points, 5th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Nashville won the first Chambers Pot game of the 2013-14 season and retained the Conference III Belt with a 3-1 win, capped by Carter Hutton’s famous pronouncement.

Last 10: Nashville 3-6-1; Dallas 5-3-2

Historical Context: The bacteria that has occupied the sweltering, tropical island that is Pekka Rinne’s hip must be the pinnacle of evolution. Meanwhile, Nashville’s swapped goalies in three straight games.