Great Game Previews In History: 4 April 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

Great_Fire_of_Cottenham_DamageA fire spreads through the Cambridgeshire village of Cottenham beginning the evening of April 4, 1850.

Dozens of cottages burnt down as well as the oppositionally-named Black Horse and White Horse inns, along with the Wesleyan Chapel which was housed in a barn.

Blackhawks at Blue Jackets, 6 PM

Records: Blackhawks (43-19-15, 101 points, 3rd in Conference III); Blue Jackets (39-30-7, 85 points, 4th in SUDM)

Last Time They Met: The Hawks won 6-1 March 6, Chicago’s 12th win in a row against the Beejers.

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

Historical Context: The suspicious Great Fire of Cottenham has never been pinned on a perpetrator (or a “miscreant” as The Economist put it at the time). Originally, it was thought that it was started by William Hayward, who was laboring in town and complaining about his employer at the pub as the fire was going on and openly wished the fire would burn the town. The grand jury did not consider this compelling evidence.

Chicago will be seeking and hoping to identify successors to Toews and Kane, as the Hawks will have to go through the end of the season without the pair. Hopefully, the Hawks find some compelling evidence.

Predators at Ducks, 9 PM

Records: Predators (33-32-11, 77 points, 7th in Conference III); Ducks (50-18-8, 108 points, 1st in Pacific)

Last Time They Met: The Ducks won 5-2 in Nashville February 8.

Last 10: Nashville 5-4-1; Anaheim 7-2-1

Historical Context: The fire didn’t cause any loss of human life, but it was tough on birds: “a vast quantity of poultry and pigeons and a good many pigs were destroyed.”

Never forget.