Great Game Previews In History: 27 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

791px-SiegeofbostonartilleryIn 1778, Henry Knox’s expedition to move heavy weaponry to American fortifications outside Boston arrived in Cambridge.

The so-called “noble train of artillery” was 60 tons of cannon and other heavy artillery captured at Fort Ticonderoga. It was moved “by boat, horse and ox-drawn sledges, and manpower, along poor-quality roads, across two semi-frozen rivers, and through the forests and swamps of the lightly inhabited Berkshires to the Boston area.” It is regarded as one of the most incredible logistical feats of 18th century warfare.

Knox’s arrival helped the Continental Army break the siege of Boston, sending General William Howe out of the city with a clutch of Loyalists to Halifix, Nova Scotia.

Avalanche at Stars, 7:30 PM Central/6:30 PM Mountain

Records: Avalanche (32-14-5, 69 points, 3rd in Conference III); Stars (24-20-8, 56 points, 5th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Colton Sceviour had the winner for the Stars, who took it 3-2 Dec. 17.

Last 10: Colorado 6-3-1; Dallas 4-5-1

Historical Context: The Stars have been awfully streaky lately, surging back in the race with a long run of wins then sagging with a similar run of losses. Tonight, they look for their first four-game win streak of the season. Like the Continental Army, Lindy Ruff needed to add fire power. After scratching Valeri Nichushkin for a couple of losses, the Russian rookie returned to the line-up and, lo and behold!