Great Game Previews In History: 23 March 2014
Today In History
On March 22, 1765, King George III gave the Royal Assent to “An act for granting and applying certain stamp duties, and other duties, in the British colonies and plantations in America, towards further defraying the expences of defending, protecting, and securing the same; and for amending such parts of the several acts of parliament relating to the trade and revenues of the said colonies and plantations, as direct the manner of determining and recovering the penalties and forfeitures therein mentioned.”
We just call it the Stamp Act of 1765. It was unpopular among the colonists, who argued they were being taxed without their consent, and instead of raging blindly, they set up committees of correspondence and congresses and you know the rest (“The rest” is “America owns”).
Blues at Flyers, Noon
Records: Blues (47-15-7, 101 points, 1st in Conference III); Flyers (37-25-7, 81 points, 2nd in Pacific)
Last Time They Met: This is the first game between these two since October 2011, when the Blues won 4-2.
Last 10: St. Louis 8-1-1; Philadelphia 7-2-1
Historical Context: The Sugar Act was the precursor to the Stamp Act and the former was seen as a way to open the door to the latter. The Sugar Act twas the means rather than the end — just as, for the Blues, simply clinching the playoffs (as they can do today, if my math is correct) is just the means to the ultimate goal.
Red Wings at Wild, 1 PM
Records: Red Wings (32-24-13, 77 points, 5th in Flortheast); Wild (36-23-11, 83 points, 4th in Conference III)
Last Time They Met: The Wild got a 4-2 win March 20, 2012. The teams play a home-and-home back-to-back today and tomorrow.
Last 10: Detroit 5-4-1; Minnesota 4-2-4
Historical Context: This is a crucial couple of days for both of these teams (our official position is that we don’t care if Detroit makes the playoffs one way or the other, for what it’s worth), much as widespread opposition to the Stamp Act — when colonists basically realized that they were being taxed without their consent, a principle antithetical to the basics of British political theory since the Glorious Revolution — was a crucial moment in the latent independence movement in the American colonies.
Senators at Stars, 2 PM
Records: Senators (28-28-13, 69 points, 6th in Flortheast); Stars (32-26-11, 75 points, 5th in Conference III)
Last Time They Met: Jamie Benn had the decider in a 4-3 Dallas shootout win November 3.
Last 10: Ottawa 2-6-2; Dallas 4-5-1
Historical Context: The Stamp Act — and because King George was great fan — was a long losing streak for the British Prime Minister, George Grenville. Ultimately, it led to Grenville’s replacement by Lord Rockingham. Both Dallas and Ottawa are in the midst of losing streaks that will need reversing lest their spots as playoff contenders go elsewhere.
Hurricanes at Jets, 6 PM
Records: Hurricanes (30-31-9, 69 points, 7th in SUDM); Jets (32-30-9, 73 points, 6th in Conference III)
Last Time They Met: Chris Thorburn got a goal with 63 seconds remaining to give Winnipeg a 2-1 win February 4.
Last 10: Carolina 4-6-0; Winnipeg 3-4-3
Historical Context: When the Stamp Act Congress convened, a delegate from the Carolinas proposed sending their grievances straight to George III, bypassing Parliament. This was considered too bold a step (especially since George didn’t speak English). The ‘Canes and Jets are a combined 15 back of the last wild-card in their respective conferences. Penciling them into playoff position is, also, too bold a step.