Great Game Previews In History: 8 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

Johnny Horton’s going to do much better than I am:

Rangers at Blackhawks, 7 PM

Records: Rangers (21-20-3, 45 points, 5th in SUDM); Blackhawks (29-7-9, 67 points, 1st in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya scored twice in 62 seconds to erase a 2-1 deficit and give the Hawks a lead on their way to a 4-3 victory March 9, 2012.

Last 10: New York 5-3-2; Chicago 6-0-4

Historical Context: There are 17 total Olympians playing in tonight’s game at Madison Square Garden — truly an international affair. Andrew Jackson, famously, had a little international help to — from French pirate Jean Lafitte. And a random note: every American commander save one has a county named for him in Tennessee: Andrew Jackson, William Carroll, John Coffee and Walter H. Overton. Only Daniel Patterson is not so honored.

Senators at Avalanche, 7:30 PM Mountain/8:30 PM Central

Records: Senators (19-18-7, 45 points, 6th in Flortheast); Avalanche (26-12-4, 60 points, 3rd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog both had one of each in a 7-1 Colorado win in October of 2011.

Last 10: Ottawa 6-3-1; Colorado 4-3-3

Historical Context: For years, the anniversary of New Orleans was commemorated as a national holiday. Even today there’s celebrations in southern Louisiana, not that those folks need much an excuse to party. The most enduring celebration is the Mass of Thanksgiving said every year at the Ursuline Convent in New Orleans, because the then-prioress vowed that such a Mass would be sung in perpetuity on the battle’s anniversary if the Americans won. Despite having occurred after the Treaty of Ghent was signed, the battle was considered one of America’s great early victories because it established the relatively-new country as a world power and made a rock star of young Andrew Jackson. Similarly, the Avs are proving they belong and their young stars are becoming big stars as a result.