Great Game Previews In History: 6 March 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

800px-1854_AlamoThe 13-day siege of the Alamo ends when, in the early morning of March 6, 1836, the Mexican Army advanced on the former mission.

The defending “Texians,” as they were then known, were able to beat back two attacks, but failed when the Mexicans attacked a third time.

Many of the defenders retreated to interior buildings. Those unable to do so were quickly dispatched by the cavalry. A handful attempted to surrender but were executed. Somewhere between 182 and 257 Texians died and roughly 600 of the Mexican attackers were either killed or wounded.

The defeat prompted a recruiting boom for the Texian army and is a pivotal point in Texas’ fight for independence.

Blues at Predators, 7 PM

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

Kings at Jets, 6 PM

Records: Kings (35-22-6, 76 points, 3rd in Pacific); Jets (30-26-7, 67 points, 6th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Jets marked five in a 5-3 win at the MTS Centre October 4.

Last 10: Los Angeles 6-4-0; Winnipeg 6-2-2

Historical Context: Prior to the Battle of the Alamo, the Texians were enjoying great success in their fight with Mexico. With Santa Anna’s army wildly outnumbering the Texan army, it was suspected that this hot streak would come to an end, but the Alamo rallied the Texans and instead of shrinking after defeat, led by Sam Houston, the Texans drove out the Mexican Army. The Jets have been on a hot streak themselves. Would a home loss after the deadline stall their progress? Or would it spark them to better days?

Avalanche at Red Wings, 6 PM Mountain/7 PM Central

Records: Avalanche (40-17-5, 85 points, 3rd in Conference III); Red Wings (28-21-12, 68 points, 5th in Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: Johan Franzen got the winner in a 4-2 Wings victory October 17.

Last 10: Colorado 7-3-0; Detroit 5-3-2

Historical Context: The Alamo, according to many historians, could have been a bloodless capture by Mexico, but the attackers were overcome with bloodlust and even Santa Anna’s arrival late in the battle, meant to calm his troops did little to relax them. Fifteen minutes after the buglers sounded retreat, Mexican soldiers were firing into dead bodies.

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Blue Jackets at Blackhawks, 7 PM

Records: Blue Jackets (32-25-5, 69 points, TK in SUDM); Blackhawks (36-13-14, 86 points, 2nd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Hawks won in a shootout, 2-1, in the last game as Central Division rivals for these two clubs March 14, 2013.

Last 10: Columbus 6-3-1; Chicago 4-4-2

Historical Context: Remember the Alamo? More like “Remember When Everyone Thought Columbus Was In Conference III,” amirite?

Canucks at Stars, 7:30 PM

Records: Canucks (28-26-10, 66 points, 5th in Pacific); Stars (29-23-10, 68 points, 5th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Stars smacked around the Canucks 4-1 December 19.

Last 10: Vancouver 1-8-1; Dallas 5-3-2

Historical Context: Like their Texas forebears, the Stars were all but counted out earlier this year, but have roared back into the playoff conversation, trending upward just as the Canucks have fallen off. Can they ride that momentum to the promised land?

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