Great Game Previews In History: 12 March 2014
Today In History
Vitiges, king of the Ostrogoths, ends his siege of Rome, retreating to Ravenna and leaving the city in the hands of the Byzantine general Belisaurius on March 12, 538, which is also the fifth anniversary of Chris Chelios’ first NHL goal.
The Ostrogoth siege had gone pretty well, but it sowed the seeds of its own destruction, as even the invading force was beset with fatigue and famine and disease.
The end of the siege was precipitated after the Ostrogoths broke a truce by trying to re-enter a Byzantine-occupied portion of Rome via an aqueduct. They were repelled, the Byzantines occupied a handful of cities, splitting Italy in two and forcing a retreat by the Ostrogoths to Ravenna.
Blackhawks at Avalanche, 7:30 PM Mountain/8:30 PM Central
Records: Blackhawks (38-13-14, 90 points, 2nd in Conference III); Avalanche (42-18-5, 89 points, 3rd in Conference III)
Last Time They Met: Tyson Barrie got the winner for the Avs in a 4-2 win March 4. This is the final meeting between these two teams. Colorado has won three of four.
Last 10: Chicago 6-3-1; Colorado 6-4-0
Historical Context: This one is for the Crown of Fecal Matter, the lineage of which Obscene Alex updated this week. The loser will wear the crown, which is interesting in this game, since these two teams are battling for second place. The winner of this game will hold down No. 2 in Conference III. The loser will wear No. 2 on its head.
The negotiations (ultimately ill-fated) between Vitiges and Belisaurius had a similarly ironic award. The Goths offered Sicily and in response, the Byzantines offered Britain, which nobody wanted.
Canucks at Jets, 6:30 PM
Records: Canucks (29-28-10, 68 points, 5th in Pacific); Jets (30-28-8, 68 points, 6th in Conference III)
Last Time They Met: The Jets won 4-3 January 31 on a Devin Setoguchi goal.
Last 10: Vancouver 2-7-1; Winnipeg 4-3-3
Historical Context: Oh, how were the Goths reeling when they broke down and fled.