Great Game Previews In History: 17 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

Papa_Gregorius_UndecimusIn 1377, Pope Gregory XI returned to Rome, ending the Avignon Papacy (er, sort of; Gregory — French by birth — didn’t last long in Rome and rival conclaves elected separate successors and there were two sets of popes, one of which was at Avignon).

The Popes had been in Avignon since 1309, when the Cardinals fled Rome, tired of being pushed around by powerful neighboring nobles (a group in red flees because its power is slipping; sounds familiar).

The final step in the return to Rome was fighting the War of the Eight Saints, which is a super-complicated situation and which I only mention because that’s a helluva name for a war.

Ducks at Blackhawks, 7 PM

Records: Ducks (36-8-5, 77 points, 1st in Pacific); Blackhawks (30-8-11, 71 points, 1st in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Ducks got ’em in a shootout 3-2 Dec. 6.

Last 10: Anaheim 9-1-0; Chicago 4-1-5

Historical Context: The Western Schism and the Avignon Captivity (and the ensuing Reformation) were big moments in Western Civilization. Ducks-Hawks: big in the Western Conference.