Great Game Previews In History: 16 March 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

514px-VillaUncleSamBerrymanCartoonOn March 16, 1916, the 7th and 10th Cavalries under John J. Pershing marched into Mexico in pursuit of revolutionary general Pancho Villa.

The Pancho Villa Expedition was ordered by President Woodrow Wilson after Villa’s forces sacked the border town of Columbus, New Mexico during a supply raid, killing eight soldiers and ten civilians.

Stars at Jets, 7 PM

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

Avalanche at Ottawa, 3 PM Mountain/4 PM Central

Records: Avalanche (43-19-5, 91 points, 2nd in Conference III); Senators (28-25-13, 69 points, 6th in Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: Tyson Barrie got the overtime winner for a 4-3 Colorado victory January 8.

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

Historical Context: The Sens might be miffed after coughing up a 4-1 lead in the last 3:22 to the Habs last night, just as the U.S. was miffed after Pancho Villa raided Columbus. Will Ottawa respond as the U.S. did with swift force or will Colorado keep times tough in Ontario?

Red Wings at Blackhawks, 6:30 PM

Records: Red Wings (30-23-13, 73 points, 5th in Flortheast); Blackhawks (38-15-14, 90 points, 3rd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Darren Helm scored in the sixth round of the shootout for a 5-4 Detroit victory January 22.

Last 10: Detroit 5-4-1; Chicago 5-5-0

Historical Context: The rivalry between the U.S. and Mexico had been simmering since the end of the Mexican War, but the Pancho Villa Expedition was its last big blow-off (though the Zimmerman Telegram did cause a brief eruption). Detroit and Chicago are old enemies whose rivalry takes a bit of a step back with the Red Wings escape east. But it still boils over from time to time.