Great Game Previews In History: 19 March 2014
Today In History
During an expedition to claim all the land in America between the Gulf of Mexico and Fort St. Louis — an expedition that left France with 320 people which dwindled to 36 — René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, explorer of the Mississippi, was murdered.
The Belle, the last of the three ships remaining from those he had sailed from France, had run aground (just as its two sister ships had done earlier) and, for two years, La Salle’s group had been wandering around aimlessly searching for the Mississippi Delta. On March 19, 1687, Pierre Duhault and a companion hid in the grass. As La Salle passed by, Duhault shot him in the head. He was stripped of all his clothing and jewelry and left to die where he fell, somewhere near what is now Huntsville, Texas. René-Robert Cavelier de la Salle died one hour later.
Blackhawks at Blues, 7 PM
Avalanche at Jets, 7 PM Central/6 PM Mountain
Records: Avalanche (44-20-5, 93 points, 3rd in Conference III); Jets (31-30-9, 71 points, 6th in Conference III)
Last Time They Met: Nine days ago, Matt Duchene got the overtime winner for a 3-2 Avs victory.
Last 10: Colorado 7-3-0; Winnipeg 3-4-3
Historical Context: La Salle was a Frenchman with a bit of a temper, a bit arrogant and a bit haughty.
Predators at Canucks, 9 PM
Records: Predators (29-30-10, 68 points, 7th in Conference III); Canucks (31-30-10, 72 points, 5th in Pacific)
Last Time They Met: I’m sure Ryan Kesler scored a billion goals whenever it was (actually no, he didn’t; the Preds won 2-1 in Vancouver January 23 and Nick Spaling had the winner).
Last 10: Nashville 4-6-0; Vancouver 3-6-1
Historical Context: Talk about being in the tall grass and wandering around aimlessly, these two teams are missing the playoffs the same way La Salle missed the Delta — by about 500 miles.