Great Game Previews In History: 31 March 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

On this date in 1146, with King Louis VII alongside, French Cistercian abbot Bernard of Clairvaux takes to the podium in a field at Vézelay and gave a speech which inspired the Second Crusade.

O ye who listen to me! Hasten to appease the anger of heaven, but no longer implore its goodness by vain complaints. Clothe yourselves in sackcloth, but also cover yourselves with your impenetrable bucklers. The din of arms, the danger, the labors, the fatigues of war, are the penances that God now imposes upon you. Hasten then to expiate your sins by victories over the Infidels, and let the deliverance of the holy places be the reward of your repentance.”

The assembled responded with that French call of old: “Deus vult!” and Bernard shouted back “Cursed be he who does not stain his sword with blood.”

No pressure.

Jets at Ducks, 9 PM

Records: Jets (33-33-9, 75 points, 7th in Conference III); Ducks (48-18-8, 104 points, 1st in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: Evander Kane got the winner for a 3-2 Jets victory in Anaheim January 21.

Last 10: Winnipeg 3-5-2; Anaheim 5-4-1

Historical Context: Though the Second Crusade is notable for how many nobles made the trek to the Holy Land (differentiating it from its predecessor), Bernard was wildly successful at convincing commonfolk of the wisdom of the plan, much as many in Winnipeg were convinced of the utility of Ondrej Pavalec despite all evidence to the contrary.

Wild at Kings, 9 PM

Records: Wild (38-26-11, 87 points, 4th in Conference III); Kings (44-25-6, 94 points, 3rd in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: Nino Niederreiter got the shootout winner for a 2-1 Wild victory January 7 .

Last 10: Minnesota 4-4-2; Los Angeles 7-3-0

Historical Context: The Second Crusade was a total disaster and Bernard took most of the blame for it (that’s what happens when you take the credit for inspiring it in the first place). If Mike Yeo can’t make the Wild’s Crusade work, he too will take most of the blame.