Great Game Previews In History: 26 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

800px-Arrest_of_Govenor_BlighPoor old William Bligh. First he lost his ship and then he loses a whole colony.

On this day — Australia Day, for what it’s worth, for it’s the day the First Fleet sailed into Sydney Harbor — in 1808, the New South Wales Corps marched into the grounds of Government House and arrested Bligh, then the governor of the colony, “charged by the respectable inhabitants of crimes that render you unfit to exercise the supreme authority another moment in this colony; and in that charge all officers under my command have joined.”

It was the culmination of Bligh’s enmity with John Macarthur, one of the leaders of the NSW Corps, who exercised a great deal of authority, what with his having a bunch of wool and controlling the trade of booze, which was more or less the currency of Australia at the time (and also now).

Jets at Blackhawks, 6 PM

Records: Jets (24-24-5, 53 points, 7th in Conference III); Blackhawks (32-9-12, 76 points, 1st in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Hawks doubled up the Jets 6-3 November 21.

Last 10: Winnipeg 5-5-0; Chicago 4-2-4

Historical Context: It took far too long for the Colonial Office to replace Bligh. The dawdling made the transition to a new governor awkward, but when the new governor came, he set to improving the basic infrastructure of the colony. Sometimes a change takes too long, but is the right change all along.

Predators at Oilers, 7 PM

Records: Predators (23-22-8, 54 points, 6th in Conference III); Oilers (15-32-6, 36 points, 7th in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: Ilya Bryzgalov got his first start and shut out the Predators in Nashville 3-0 on Thanksgiving.

Last 10: Nashville 5-3-2; Edmonton 2-7-1

Historical Context: At its core, the Rum Rebellion was about the future of Australia: there was Bligh, who saw it as little more than a well-developed prison to be ruled forever by fiat from London; Macarthur and his confreres knew there was more to Australia’s future.

Did David Poile’s trade of Matt Hendricks and Kevin Klein, flipping them into Devan Dubnyk and riverboat-gambler Michael Del Zotto, signal a new future for the Preds?

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