Great Game Previews In History: 6 April 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

The Declaration of Arbroath, an assertion of Scottish independence sealed by 51 magnates and nobles, is issued April 6, 1320.

Widely regarded to have been written by Bernard of Kilwinning, abbot of Arbroath and Chancellor of Scotland, perhaps its most famous passage is translated as follows:

…for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom – for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.

Blues at Blackhawks, 11:30 AM

Records: Blues (52-18-7, 111 points, 1st in Conference III); Blackhawks (44-19-15, 103 points, 3rd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Hawks shut out the Blues 4-0 March 19.

Last 10: St. Louis 6-4-0; Chicago 5-4-1

Historical Context: These Auld Enemies get together in a Brunchrence III special on the anniversary of Arbroath, one of the more important events in centuries of conflict between two other Auld Enemies. As St. Louis has asserted its dominance in Conference III, the Scots asserted Scotland wasn’t merely a feudal subsidiary of England.

Stars at Panthers, 4 PM

Records: Stars (38-28-11, 87 points, 5th in Conference III); Panthers (27-43-8, 62 points, 7th in Flortheast)

Last Time They Met: Tim Thomas — now a Star — got a 4-2 win for the Panthers October 3.

Last 10: Dallas 6-4-0; Panthers 2-8-0

Historical Context: The Stars are making a final push for the playoffs and despite what once seemed a Hail Mary prospect, are now sitting in eighth. Arbroath was similarly a big play. At the time, Scotland was under indict, its king, Robert, excommunicated for murder in a church. The deep pass worked: the Pope bought the arguments in Arbroath (in part, because he wanted the Scottish army freed to go fight in the Crusades).

Penguins at Avalanche, 6 PM Mountain/7 PM Central

Records: Penguins (49-24-5, 103 points, 1st in SUDM); Avalanche (50-21-6, 106 points, 2nd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Gabriel Landeskog scored the only goal and J-S Giguere got a shutout in a 1-0 Avs win October 21.

Last 10: Pittsburgh 4-5-1; Colorado 7-2-1

Historical Context: Having secured the Conference III Belt for the year, the Avs are now trying to lock-up first-round home-ice. It is a surprising year for the Avs, nearly as surprising as a passage in Arbroath that seemingly alluded to the then-unheard-of concept of popular sovereignty:

Him, too, divine providence, his right of succession according to or laws and customs which we shall maintain to the death, and the due consent and assent of us all have made our Prince and King.

To him, as to the man by whom salvation has been wrought unto our people, we are bound both by law and by his merits that our freedom may be still maintained, and by him, come what may, we mean to stand.

Yet if he should give up what he has begun, and agree to make us or our kingdom subject to the King of England or the English, we should exert ourselves at once to drive him out as our enemy and a subverter of his own rights and ours, and make some other man who was well able to defend us our King