Great Game Previews In History: 6 February 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

528px-Franklin1877The fledgling United States scores big diplomatically when two treaties — the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce — between the U.S. and France are signed in Paris on 6 February 1778.

The Second Continental Congress had been seeking allies for the fight against the British and France — England’s ancient enemy — was the obvious choice. The French initially balked, but charmed by Ben Franklin’s funny hat and impressed by the American victory at Saratoga, they eventually came around.

Predators at Wild, 7 PM

Records: Predators (25-23-9, 59 points, 7th in Conference III); Wild (30-21-7, 67 points, 4th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Darcy Kuemper got his first shutout in a 4-0 Minnesota win January 12.

Last 10: Nashville 6-2-2; Minnesota 5-3-2

Historical Context: Nashville is looking to close the gap with Minnesota in this huge(ish) Conference III game, much as John Adams sought to close the gap with the British via alliance.

Avalanche at Flyers, 5 PM Mountain/6 PM Central

Records: Avalanche (36-15-5, 77 points, 1st in Conference III); Flyers (28-23-6, 62 points, 4th in SUDM)

Last Time They Met: The Avs got a 2-1 win January 2 in Denver.

Last 10: Colorado 7-3-0; Philadelphia 4-4-2

Historical Context: The Avs continue their road trip through the Metro in the run-up to the Olympics. It’s a good time to bank points, since the Metro Division is Stupid and Ugly And Dumb. Were they to have the same success as Franklin’s little sojourn through Metropolitan France, the Avs will be well-pleased.

Jets at Capitals, 6 PM

Records: Jets (28-25-5, 61 points, 6th in Conference III); Capitals (25-23-9, 59 points, 7th in SUDM)

Last Time They Met: Martin Erat scored a goal (OK, in the shootout) to secure a 5-4 Caps win Oct. 22.

Last 10: Winnipeg 8-2-0; Washington 3-6-1

Historical Context: The original French plan for a war of revenge with Britain relied on a Franco-Spanish alliance and invasion of the British Isles, but Louis XV didn’t like that idea and iced the minister — Étienne-François, comte de Stainville, duc de Choiseul — who suggested it. A new king and a new minister and a new plan resulted in the Franco-American Alliance, the war of revenge they wanted all along (and they got the alliance with the Spanish to boot). Personnel changes at the top can be fruitful.

Bruins at Blues, 7 PM

Records: Bruins (36-16-3, 75 points, 1st in Flortheast); Blues (37-12-6, 80 points, 2nd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Derek Roy won it in a shootout for the Blues 3-2 November 21.

Last 10: Boston 7-2-1; St. Louis 5-4-1

Historical Context: Zdeno Chara will be missing for Boston. Missing from the final publication of the Treaty of Amity & Commerce? Articles 11 and 12, which set duties on molasses. Though the Continental Congress approved the treaty with the articles, it asked they be expunged and so they were.