Great Game Previews In History: 3 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

800px-USA-Washington_Circle_ParkAmerican forces led by General George Washington defeated Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton January 2, 1777.

The victory capped Washington’s winter campaign through New Jersey, solidifying the American hold on what would become the Garden State.

The Americans were in early danger of being overrun, but the arrival of Washington turned the tide. He famously rode to the front of the ranks, waving his hat to and fro to rally the troops even as his warhorse trembled due to the charging British behind him — the scene was the inspiration for the statue of Washington in his eponymous circle in his eponymous capital city.

Blackhawks at Devils, 6 PM

Records: Blackhawks (28-7-8, 64 points, 1st in Conference III); Devils (17-16-8, 42 points, 4th in SUDM)

Last Time They Met: The Blackhawks outshot the Devils 37-12 and won 5-2 December 23 in Chicago.

Last 10: Chicago 6-1-3; New Jersey 5-3-2

Historical Context: Technically, the win in Jersey was a minor one in the strategic scheme of the war — much as a Chicago win in Jersey would be a minor one — but it did inspire the great American tradition of front-running, manifest today in the hordes of new-car-smell Patrick Kane jerseys you see at your local arena. Americans suddenly believed they could win the war and a host of enlistments in the Continental Army came as a result.