Great Game Previews In History: 20 March 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

220px-Familjen_Gustaf_Axelsson_BanérOn March 20, 1600, another chapter in “The Swedes: Not As Nice As You Thought,” the time featuring the Linköping Bloodbath.

Sigismund III Vasa, the Polish king who was also the King of Sweden, went against his promise that he would not aid the Catholic cause in Sweden while being king of same. This sparked a civil war, with the other side led by Duke Charles (later Charles IX of Sweden), who was also Sigismund’s uncle. The Protestant forces deposed Sigismund and part of the truce was that he would turn over his Catholic privy counselors.

And then it all broke off.

Wild at Devils, 6 PM

Records: Wild (36-23-10, 82 points, 4th in Conference III); Devils (29-27-13, 71 points, 6th in SUDM)

Last Time They Met: The Wild shut ’em out 4-0 November 3.

Last 10: Minnesota 5-2-3; New Jersey 5-5-0

Historical Context: Zach Parise finally returns to New Jersey after decamping for the Land of 10,000 Humblebrags in the pre-lockout summer. Many of the five noblemen executed in the public square at Linköping had been superstars in Sweden before defecting to the cause of the Catholic interloper. Their move to what they supposed was greener pastures ended very redly indeed. Take note, Parise.

Stars at Flyers, 6 PM

Records: Stars (32-25-11, 75 points, 5th in Conference III); Flyers (36-25-7, 79 points, 2nd in SUDM)

Last Time They Met: Tyler Seguin had a natural hat trick in a 5-1 Stars win December 7.

Last 10: Dallas 5-4-1; Philadelphia 7-2-1

Historical Context: Stars fans (apparently) live in fear of late season swoons and hope this is the year the team’s fortunes go in the other direction down the stretch. Despite the ugliness of it all, Linköping could be seen as the start of the Swedish ascendency. By putting Charles on the throne, the Swedes set themselves up to be led by Gustavus Adolphus, who involved his country in the religious wars in the Holy Roman Empire, which led to the foundation of the Swedish Empire.