Great Game Previews In History: 30 March 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

Two hundred years ago on the dot, the forces of the Sixth Coalition march into Paris, beginning the battle of same, the end of which would result in Napoleon being sent to Elba.

After his failed invasion of Russia, Napoleon retreated back towards France, pursued by the Prussians, Russians and Austrians. A battle was joined at Leipzig and after the Coalition victory, both Tsar Alexander and Prussia’s King Frederick William III wished to invade France proper.

Alexander, in particular, wanted to march into Paris as Napoleon marched into Moscow. It would be the first time a foreign force marched into Paris in 400 years.


Blackhawks at Penguins, 6:30 PM

Records: Blackhawks (42-18-15, 99 points, 3rd in Conference III); Penguins (47-22-5, 99 points, 1st in SUDM)

Last Time They Met: The Blackhawks won 5-1 in the great outdoors March 1.

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

Historical Context: The Blackhawks are having some defensive issues of late, having coughed up eight total in two losses to the Senators and Bruins. Napoleon didn’t set up Paris for success defensively either — with 150,000 Coalition troops marching towards the capital, Napoleon left 20,000 regulars and 6,000 National Guards. Shocking things went badly.

Capitals at Predators, 7 PM

Records: Capitals (34-28-12, 80 points, 5th in SUDM); Predators (32-32-11, 75 points, 6th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Caps won 5-2 December 7.

Last 10: Washington 5-3-2; Nashville 5-4-1

Historical Context: The official end of the battle came when Marshal Auguste Marmont secretly contacted the Coalition and negotiated a surrender. He marched his shoulders to a predetermined position, where they were surrounded and surrendered. While Nashville isn’t technically finished, the Preds have more or less surrendered the season, but in doing so, they’ve hopefully secured themselves a better position for the future.