Great Game Previews In History: 1 April 2014

by J.R.

Today in History

The Recapture of Bahia begins on April 1, 1625 as a combined Spanish and Portuguese force made an effort to take back the Brazilian port town of Salvador da Bahia from the Dutch during the Eighty Years War (these countries, incredibly, were world powers in the 17th century and boy does that seem weird).

In May 1624, Dutch West Indies Company forces commanded by Jacob Willekens captured Bahia from the Portuguese. Philip IV, king of Spain and Portugal, ordered a Spanish-Portuguese fleet set sail with the objective of recovering the city. Sailing from the port of Lisbon under the command of Fadrique Álvarez de Toledo y Mendoza, the fleet crossed the Atlantic.

Stars at Capitals, 6 PM

Records: Stars (36-27-11, 83 points, 5th in Conference III); Capitals (34-28-13, 81 points, 5th in SUDM)

Last Time They Met: Alex Chiasson got the winner for a 2-1 Stars victory. This game was in October, so I suspect this was when Chiasson was shooting 60 percent or whatever it was.

Last 10: Dallas 5-4-1; Washington 4-3-3

Historical Context: After capturing Bahia, the Dutch thought they had it made it in the shade. But in war, as in hockey, people often forget there’s a whole other side trying to stop your side from doing what they want to do. In this case, the Dutch were harassed by Bishop Dom Marcos Teixeira’s guerrillas. And poor Dallas. They keep winning to stay in the hunt, but there are other teams trying to keep them out.

That’s not very sporting.

Avalanche at Blue Jackets, 5 PM Mountain/6 PM Central

Records: Avalanche (47-21-6, 100 points, 3rd in Conference III); Blue Jackets (38-30-6, 82 points, 4th in SUDM)

Last Time They Met: Five different Avs scored in a 5-3 Colorado win on New Year’s Eve.

Last 10: Colorado 6-3-1; Columbus 5-4-1

Historical Context: Everybody wanted a piece of Brazil and Portugal got it originally thanks to the Treaty of Tordesillas. Then the Dutch came in. Brazil sure was a hot commodity. Columbus, then, was like Brazil in reverse. Everybody was trying to get rid of it. Remember: it’s not in Conference III.

Flyers at Blues, 7 PM

Records: Flyers (39-27-8, 86 points, 3rd in SUDM); Blues (50-17-7, 107 points, 1st in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Twas just last week when the Flyers won 4-1.

Last 10: Philadelphia 6-3-1; St. Louis 6-3-1

Historical Context: Ken Hitchcock said he hasn’t been satisfied with the Blues’ effort in the last week or so, despite holding on to the lead in Conference III. When the Iberian force set siege, the Dutch had some success — one raid against the attackers resulted in the deaths of 71 Spanish soldiers and wounded another 64. That’s a lot of effort, but effort doesn’t always work.

Jets at Coyotes, 9 PM

Records: Jets (33-33-10, 76 points, 7th in Conference III); Coyotes (36-27-12, 84 points, 4th in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: The Jets won in a shootout 3-2 February 27.

Last 10: Winnipeg 3-5-2; Phoenix 6-3-1

Historical Context: Eventually, the overwhelming Spanish-Portuguese force was too much for the Dutch defenders, who capitulated. Speaking of which: woof.

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