Great Game Previews In History: 10 April 2014

by J.R.

Today in History

349px-Maximilian_emperor_of_MexicoOn April 10, 1864, Maximillian, younger brother of Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I, becomes Emperor of Mexico during the second French intervention, establishing the second Mexican Empire.


Blues at Wild, 7 PM

Records: Blues (52-20-7, 111 points, 1st in Conference III); Wild (42-26-12, 96 points, 4th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Blues have won all four meetings this year, including 5-1 March 27 in St. Louis.

Last 10: St. Louis 5-5-0; Minnesota 6-3-1

Historical Context: The restoration of the monarchy in Mexico was a combined effort by Catholic clergy, conservative elements in Mexico itself and certain native groups. It was, briefly, a successful resumption of the empire after a rocky run for monarchists during the Mexican Republic. Similarly, the Blues are trying to secure their throne. A packed schedule has been tough on St. Louis, who now see the Avalanche lurking, trying to seize the power.

Coyotes at Predators, 7 PM

Records: Coyotes (36-28-15, 87 points, 4th in Pacific); Nashville (35-32-12, 82 points, 6th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Nashville took a 4-2 win November 25 at Bridgestone Arena.

Last 10: Phoenix 3-3-4; Nashville 6-2-2

Historical Context: Maximilian was little more than a puppet for France’s Napoleon III, who wanted access to Latin America for his Empire and wanted to counterbalance the Protestant influence in North America represented by the U.S. Here, Nashville is a puppet for their Chambers Pot rival Dallas, who are trying to stay ahead of the foundering Coyotes. As an Austrian, it must have been tough for Maximilian to aid a Bonaparte, but there was, after all, something in it for him, too. Blocked by his older brother, taking a newly-created crown was his only chance to rule.

Bruins at Jets, 7 PM

Records: Bruins (53-18-8, 114 points, 1st in Flortheast); Jets (35-35-10, 80 points, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Bruins got a 4-1 victory January 4.

Last 10: Boston 6-1-3; Winnipeg 4-5-1

Historical Context: One thing the Empire did was get rid of Mexico’s President. The Jets can do a mitzvah for the Blues (or the Avs?) by beating the Bruins and taking down their President’s Trophy chances.

Avalanche at Canucks, 8 PM Mountain/9 PM Central

Records: Avalanche (51-21-7, 109 points, 2nd in Conference III); Canucks (35-35-10, 80 points, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Tyson Barrie scored in overtime to give the Avs a 3-2 win March 27.

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

Historical Context: The inevitable collapse of Colorado looks like it will have to wait. The inevitable collapse of Maximilan didn’t have to wait nearly as long. As the Civil War wrapped up in the U.S., the Americans armed the republicans in Mexico; meanwhile, Napoleon thought it better to reconcile with his American allies then get into it with them. French support withdrawn, Maximilian had little cover. By 1867, the Mexican Republic was restored.