Great Game Previews In History: 9 April 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

On April 9, 1388, forces of the Old Swiss Confederation defeated those of the Habsburgian Archduchy of Austria at the Battle of Näfels.

In the spring of 1387, the Canton of Glarus destroyed a Habsburg-held town and then declared themselves free of the control of the be-jawed nobles.

The next year, the Austrians attacked in an attempt to cut Glarus off from their Swiss Eidgenossen. A combined force of 6,500 attacked the garrison at Näfels, defended by just 400.

And wouldn’t ya know it — the Swiss won.


Canadiens at Blackhawks, 6:30 PM

Records: Canadiens (45-27-7, 97 points, 2nd in Flortheast); Blackhawks (45-19-15, 105 points, 3rd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Andrew Markov scored twice, including once in OT, to give the Habs a 2-1 win January 11.

Last 10: Montreal 8-2-0; Chicago 6-4-0

Historical Context: The Blackhawks are trying to climb back past the Avs for home-ice advantage and the Swiss knew how important playing at home can be. At first, the Austrians over ran the Swiss, but then a dense fog and heavy snow set in, confusing the plunderers who tried to escape, but were stopped at every turn by a Swiss soldier who knew his way around.

Blue Jackets at Stars, 7:30 PM

Records: Blue Jackets (41-31-7, 89 points, 4th in SUDM); Stars (39-29-11, 89 points, 5th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: This is the resumption of the game suspended when Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench. The teams will play a full 60, but the Jackets will begin with a 1-0 lead, courtesy of a goal from zoo enthusiast Nathan Horton, who likely won’t play tonight.

Last 10: Columbus 5-4-1; Dallas 7-3-0

Historical Context: Näfels was a crucial event in the history of the Swiss Confederation. The Austrians were forced to accept all of the Swiss gains in the war and a concept of Swissness emerged from the annual pilgrimages folks took to Näfels in later years as commemoration. This game is crucial, too. Both the Stars and Jackets are clinging to playoff spots.