Great Game Previews In History: 2 March 2014

by J.R.

Today in History

620px-Pluenderung_GrandsonOn March 2, 1476, the forces of the Swiss Confederacy embarrass Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy at the Battle of Grandson.

A few days earlier, Charles’ forces had slaughtered the surrendering soldiers of the garrison at Grandson, who were awaiting reinforcements.

All that did was fire up those pesky Swiss. On the day of the battle, the first group of soldiers emerged from the woods to engage Charles’ forces. They knelt in prayer, which the Burgundians took as a sign of surrender and they managed to surround the Swiss. Charles ordered his forces to pull back so the artillery could attack, but when the retreat began, the larger body of the Swiss army burst out of the woods. The Burgundians retreated, the rout was on, and while there were minimal casualties (for either side), the battle was important to the Swiss indeed.

Lightning at Avalanche, 6 PM Mountain/7 PM Central

Records: Lightning (34-21-5, 73 points, 3rd in Flortheast); Avalanche (38-17-5, 81 points, 3rd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Tyler Johnson had a trick in a 5-2 Lightning win January 25.

Last 10: Tampa Bay 5-5-0; Colorado 6-4-0

Historical Context: Tampa’s sojourn through Conference III can be deemed a successful one with a win in Denver, having split the first two games of the trip with Nashville and Dallas. When the Burgundians dragged the Swiss into their war with France, it started a sojourn that did not end well at all.

Blues at Coyotes, 7 PM

Records: Blues (39-14-6, 84 points, 2nd in Conference III); Coyotes (27-22-11, 65 points, 5th in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: T.J. Oshie had both goals for the Blues in a 2-1 win January 14.

Last 10: St. Louis 6-3-1; Phoenix 4-4-2

Historical Context: The Battle of Grandson has an effect even today in Switzerland. The plunder taken from Charles is on display in museums across the country. Will the Ryan Miller trade have similarly long-reaching implications for the Blues?