Great Game Previews In History: 15 October 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

In 1211, during the Byzantine-Latin Wars, the forces of the former, led by Theodore I Laskaris, are defeated by those of the latter, led by Henry of Flanders at the Battle of the Rhyndacus in what is now Turkey.

Henry wanted to expand his empire deeper into Asia Minor, but an earlier war with the Bulgarians left him with just a tiny holding. Meanwhile, the Byzantine Nicaeans were devastated after a protracted war with the Seljuks, so Henry landed some knights and attacked.

Laskaris set up an ambush at the Rhyndacus River, but Henry’s forces, bolstered by those knights, overran the Nicaeans and proceeded to march deep into their territory.

Incredibly, this battle was won with no casualties and the war-weary successor states quickly wrapped up their differences with the Treaty of Nymphaeum.

Flames at Blackhawks, 7 PM

Records: Flames (2-2-0, 4 points, 5th in Pacific); Blackhawks (2-0-0, 4 points, 3rd in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: TJ Brodie notched the OT winner for a 5-4 Calgary victory January 28.

Last 10:  Calgary 2-2-0; Chicago 2-0-0

Historical Context: The Treaty of Nymphaeum that was a result of the Latin victory at Rhyndacus came three years later, basically as a result of exhaustion. The Latins were allowed to keep what they’d gained and, with the peace found, the Nicaeans were able to focus on consolidating their power in eastern Europe, which would allow them to strengthen and eventually reconquer Constantinople in 1261. Calgary, exhausted after playing into a shootout Tuesday in Nashville, heads to Chicago, which, generally, has bigger things on its mind, like reconquering the Central.