Great Game Previews In History: 1 February 2014

by J.R.

Today in History

441px-Edward_III_of_England_(Order_of_the_Garter)Following the deposition of his father by his mother, Isabella, and Roger Mortimer, Edward III accedes to the English throne on this date in 1327.

He was just 14, so Isabella and Roger pretty much steered the ship of state, which was the plan all along after the had Edward II arrested for “incompetence; allowing others to govern him to the detriment of the people and Church; not listening to good advice and pursuing occupations unbecoming to a monarch; having lost Scotland and lands in Gascony and Ireland through failure of effective governance; damaging the Church, and imprisoning its representatives; allowing nobles to be killed, disinherited, imprisoned and exiled; failing to ensure fair justice, instead governing for profit and allowing others to do likewise; and of fleeing in the company of a notorious enemy of the realm, leaving it without government, and thereby losing the faith and trust of his people.”

Given the choice between abdicating in favor of his son or resisting and risking that a non-royal would take power (presumably, this would have been Mortimer, who, in fact, ended up in charge anyway), Edward II abdicated and Edward III became king.

Predators at Blues, 7 PM

It’s for The Conference III Championship Belt. Check the Tale of the Tape.

Sabres at Avalanche, 1 PM Mountain/2 PM Central

Records: Sabres (15-30-8, 38 points, 8th in Flortheast); Avalanche (34-14-5, 73 points, 3rd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Four different players scored for Colorado in a 4-2 Avs win October 16.

Last 10: Buffalo 3-4-3; Colorado 7-2-1

Historical Context: Edward was asked to wait his turn…twice. First, like most royal sons, he was asked to wait for his father. Unlike most royal sons, he was asked to wait again. But Edward — like the Avalanche — was not content to wait his turn. He staged a coup against Mortimer — boldly, Roy-ly having him arrested and executed.

Wild at Flames, 9 PM

Records: Wild (29-21-6, 64 points, 4th in Conference III); Flames (20-27-7, 47 points, 6th in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: Remember, remember the Fifth of November when the Wild won 5-1?

Last 10: Minnesota 5-4-1; Calgary 5-4-1

Historical Context: One of the major legislative reforms of Edward’s reign was the Statute of Labourers. Obviously, it was a different time, but the restrictions on workers’ mobility would make Jeremy Jacobs jealous. Faced with a massive labor shortage due to the Black Death, the law fixed wages to their pre-pestilence levels and gave the local lord first right of refusal to each worker. Hey, remember when Craig Leipold gave Ryan Suter and Zach Parise a bazillion dollars and then complained about player salaries?

Stars at Ducks, 9 PM

Records: Stars (24-21-9, 57 points, 6th in Conference III); Ducks (40-11-5, 85 points, 1st in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: Ryan Garbutt got the winner in a 6-3 Stars win Nov. 26.

Last 10: Dallas 4-4-2; Anaheim 7-3-0

Historical Context: Not many teams can be said to have given the Ducks fits, but Ben Lovejoy said the Stars have done just that. The Scots were Edward’s Stars (though, despite Mel Gibson’s insinuation in Braveheart, William Wallace was not Edward’s real father, as he was dead years before the eventual king’s birth). Edward tried many times to overwhelm the kingdom to his north, installing a friendly king after an especially successful battle. But, like many kings before him (and after), he was forced to agree to an uneasy truce.

Blackhawks at Sharks, 9 PM

Records: Blackhawks (33-10-13, 79 points, 1st in Conference III); Sharks (34-15-6, 74 points, 2nd in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: Logan Couture won it in a shootout for the Sharks, a 3-2 San Jose win January 5.

Last 10: Chicago 4-2-4; San Jose 6-4-0

Historical Context: Chicago finally snapped out of a losing streak with a win against Vancouver; San Jose are the losers of three straight, having scored but one goal in that time. These are, however, two of the NHL’s best teams and capable of producing a thrilling, energetic contest — much as Edward did when he claimed the crown of France and sparked the Hundred Years’ War.