Great Game Previews In History: 27 February 2014

by J.R.

Today in History

471px-Henry_IV_en_Herculeus_terrassant_l_Hydre_de_Lerne_cad_La_ligue_Catholique_Atelier_Toussaint_Dubreuil_circa_1600Henry of Navarre is crowned as Henry IV of France on February 27, 1594, ending an ordeal that began when Henry III was assassinated by a crazed monk.

Initially, he was opposed by the Catholic League (for the obvious reason that he was a Protestant). While he was confined to the south of France, he was aided by his Protestant ally, Queen Elizabeth I. Meanwhile, his Catholic uncle was proclaimed King of France, which didn’t bother Henry too much, because he had his uncle taken prisoner and, in any event, the old man died. The League then pushed a series of Spanish candidates, which made the people of France suspicious that they were being duped by the League.

Eventually, Henry renounced his Protestantism — allegedly saying Paris vaut bien une messe (“Paris is well worth a mass”) — and earned the support of the vast majority of his subjects and, thus, leading to his coronation.

Blackhawks at Rangers, 6 PM

Records: Blackhawks (35-11-14, 84 points, 2nd in Conference III); Rangers (32-24-3, 67 points, 2nd in SUDM)

Last Time They Met: Carl Hagelin got the winner with less than six minutes remaining in a 3-2 Rangers victory January 8.

Last 10: Chicago 4-3-3; New York 7-3-0

Historical Context: Like Henry, the ‘Hawks have been on a long campaign away from home — though interrupted by the Olympic break, tonight ends a seven-game roadie for Chicago. With a win, they’ll reclaim what they consider their birthright: first place in Conference III.

Lightning at Predators, 7 PM

Records: Lightning (33-20-5, 71 points, 2nd in Flortheast); Predators (25-24-10, 60 points, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Anders Lindback had 28 saves against his old team in a 4-2 Tampa Bay win Dec. 19.

Last 10: Tampa Bay 5-5-0; Nashville 4-3-3

Historical Context: After his switch to Catholicism, Henry was looked upon with (obvious) disdain by the Huguenots. With the rumor that Marty St. Louis wants a trade, Tampans (?) are giving Marty St. Louis similar side-eye. Henry, though, redeemed himself by issuing the Edict of Nantes, granting a measure of religious freedom in France. What can MSL do to get back in the good graces by the bay?

Coyotes at Jets, 7 PM

Records: Coyotes (27-21-10, 64 points, 5th in Pacific); Jets (28-26-6, 62 points, 6th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: In Paul Maurice’s debut, the Jets rolled off five straight goals on their way to a 5-1 win January 13.

Last 10: Phoenix 4-5-1; Winnipeg 6-3-1

Historical Context: Ah, it’s always special when the prodigal returns, isn’t it? Winnipeg goes to great lengths to tie the history of the old Jets with Jets 2.0, much as later kings of France — particularly during the Bourbon Restoration — tried to tie themselves (with varying degrees of success) to the legacy of the man who became known as Henry The Great.

Hurricanes at Stars, 7:30 PM

Records: Hurricanes (26-23-9, 61 points, 6th in SUDM); Stars (27-21-10, 64 points, 5th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Way back in November 2011, the Stars beat the ‘Canes 5-2.

Last 10: Carolina 6-4-0; Dallas 6-2-2

Historical Context: Here’s a fun fact: the last time the Hurricanes won in Dallas it was 1996 and they were the Whalers. Henry himself survived several attempts at assassination, before finally falling victim on the third chance in 1610, killed (like Henry III) by a fanatic Catholic. Go figure.

Wild at Oilers, 8:30 PM

Records: Wild (31-21-7, 69 points, 4th in Conference III); Oilers (20-33-7, 47 points, 7th in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: Jason Pominville had one of each in a 4-1 Wild win January 16 in St. Paul.

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

Historical Context: This isn’t really related to this game in any way, but Henry IV’s head was missing between the ransacking of his tomb in 1793 until he was re-interred by his living descendent, Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou, in 2011.