Great Game Previews In History: 21 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

The-Execution-Of-Louis-Xvi-$281754-93$29On this day in 1793, France’s King Louis XVI sustained an upper-body injury; he did not return.

Officially, Louis was executed for treason — that is: for colluding with foreign monarchs who invaded early Revolutionary France in an effort to restore Louis. He was almost certainly guilty, given that these invading powers were his cousins.

Wild at Stars, 7 PM

Records: Wild (27-19-5, 59 points, 4th in Conference III); Stars (21-20-8, 50 points, 6th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Wild’s Nate Prosser got the winner in OT Saturday night.

Last 10: Minnesota 7-3-0; Dallas 1-8-1

Historical Context: The loser of this game wears The Crown of Fecal Matter after Dallas took the lid last night in Nashville.

Were the timing better for this game, NBC would be happy to have it on their air. There was a time when Dallas was surging and Minnesota was wobbly and maybe, just maybe, this would have been a battle to hold the West’s last playoff spot, instead of a battle to avoid wearing the Poophat. Timing doomed Louis, too. In June of 1791, he planned to flee to the royalist town of Varennes, but he kept delaying and delaying and overestimating the people’s affection for him (which, in his defense, he really wanted; Louis wasn’t exactly the distant autocrat he’s been made to be). In the words of one scholar, “the failure of the escape plans were due to a series of misadventures, delays, misinterpretations, and poor judgments.” Meanwhile, Valeri Nichushkin has been a healthy scratch two games in a row.

Blues at Devils, 6 PM

Records: Blues (33-10-5, 71 points, 2nd in Conference III); Devils (20-19-11, 51 points, 6th in SUDM)

Last Time They Met: The Blues won in a shootout, 4-3, February 9, 2012.

Last 10: St. Louis 7-3-0; New Jersey 4-3-3

Historical Context: This is the second of a four-game roadie for the Blues, who have a chance to earn points in their games-in-hand and catch Chicago at the top of the standings. Louis went on the road looking for success too (and not just to Verennes, which did not work). He left Versailles (well, he was compelled to leave, not by the schedule, but by the women of Paris) to go Paris in an effort to be more accountable to his people. At first, it worked — he reinstated the parlements and convened the Estates-General. But he was just buying himself time — would a St. Louis dawn be as false?

Maple Leafs at Avalanche, 7 PM Mountain/8 PM Central

Records: Maple Leafs (26-20-5, 57 points, 4th in Flortheast); Avalanche (31-12-5, 67 points, 3rd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: PA Parenteau got the winner for a 2-1 Colorado victory October 8 in Ontario.

Last 10: Toronto 6-4-0; Colorado 8-1-1

Historical Context: Both Toronto and Colorado have very high PDOs and relatively paltry possession numbers. They are like the Ancien Regime of shot quality staving off the Corsi Girondists (or are the fancystatters more like Montagnards?; Girondists tended to be theorists and intellectuals who wanted to control the spiraling of the revolution, while the Montagnards were men of action who wanted a wholesale change…discuss among yourselves).

Jets at Ducks, 9 PM

Records: Jets (22-23-5, 49 points, 7th in Conference III); Ducks (37-9-5, 79 points, 1st in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: Corey Perry got the winner for Anaheim, 3-2, in Winnipeg Oct. 6.

Last 10: Winnipeg 5-5-0; Anaheim 9-1-0

Historical Context: The Ancien Regime had a good run at home — like the Ducks — but eventually it had to come to an end and it came from the popular uprising of a bunch of scrappy nobodies. Can the Jets mimic it?