Great Game Previews In History: 25 March 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

Robert_The_Bruce_Crowned_King_of_ScotsOn March 25, 1306, Robert the Bruce is crowned King of Scots by Bishop William de Lamberton at Scone.

The royal robes and vestments which had been hidden from the English — who, of course, the Scots were at war with at the time — were brought out by the Bishop and set upon the king.

All this happened six weeks after Robert killed a rival claimant, John Comyn — who was far more powerful and far more resolute in his opposition to the English — in the chapel at Greyfriars monastery.

At that point, Robert had a choice to be either a fugitive or assert his right to be king. He confessed the murder and sacrilege, was absolved and made his way to his coronation.


Avalanche at Predators, 7 PM/6 PM Mountain

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

Stars at Blackhawks, 7 PM

Records: Stars (34-26-11, 79 points, 5th in Conference III); Blackhawks (41-16-15, 97 points, 2nd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Chicago got a 6-2 win December 10.

Last 10: Dallas 5-4-1; Chicago 5-4-1

Historical Context: For a while after his coronation, Robert The Bruce disappeared. Did he go to the Hebrides or the Orkneys or Ireland or…Scandinavia? Eventually he returned from Scandinavia (or wherever) just in time to lead important charges against the English — just as Teuvo Teravainen is set to arrive in Chicago from Scandinavia to bolster the Blackhawks.

Blues at Maple Leafs, 6 PM

Records: Blues (48-16-7, 103 points, 1st in Conference III); Maple Leafs (36-29-8, 80 points, 5th in Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: The Blues had a three-goal first on the way to a 6-3 win December 12.

Last 10: St. Louis 7-2-1; Toronto 4-6-0

Historical Context: Apocryphally, Robert the Bruce, hiding in a cave, watched a spider try and fail to connect two ends of a web, failing seven times before getting it right. It’s said that story is in the inspiration for the phrase “If at first, you don’t succeed, try try again.” The Blues haven’t lost in regulation against Toronto since February 2007,  a run of six games.