Great Game Previews In History: 28 December 2013

by J.R.

Today In History

bald-eagle_1_600x450Richard Nixon, of all people, signs into law the Endangered Species Act on this day in 1973.

The goal of the law is “to prevent the extinction of imperiled plant and animal life, and secondly, to recover and maintain those populations by removing or lessening threats to their survival” and it sets up a system by which a species can be declared endangered.

It has survived 40 years of attacks — either overt or through subterfuge — designed to weaken it and, lo and behold, species are coming off the list. Of particular interest, the bald eagle which increased from 417 to 11,040 pairs between 1963 and 2007, when it was removed from the list.

Blackhawks at Blues, 7 PM

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

Kings at Predators, 7 PM

Records: Kings (25-9-4, 54 points, 2nd in Pacific); Predators (16-18-4, 36 points, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: David Legwand got the game-winner in a 4-3 Nashville road win Nov. 2.

Last 10: Los Angeles 8-2-0; Nashville 3-6-1

Historical Context: Endangered species in Music City: goals, wins, saves. Shocking removals from that list: power play success, where the Preds are, against all odds, among the NHL’s leaders. Another loss and could Barry Trotz (or David Poile or both) be endangered?