Great Game Previews In History: 23 October 2014

by J.R.

Today in History

The Danish Civil War, which you didn’t know existed, came to its bloody conclusion at the Battle of Grathe Heath in 1157.

The slide to war begin with the abdication of Eric III, the reasons for which are unknown.

And as they do in a power vacuum, things got really bad.

Blackhawks at Predators, 7 PM

Records: Blackhawks (4-0-1, 9 points, 2nd in Conference III); Predators (4-0-2, 10 points, 1st in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Jonathan Toews scored a shorthanded overtime game winner Saturday in Chicago for a 2-1 win.

Last 10: Chicago 4-0-1; Nashville 4-0-2

Historical Context: The first real event of the Danish Civil War was the Bloodfeast of Roskilde. No, seriously, that’s what it was called: the Bloodfeast of Roskilde.

After Eric’s abdication, there were three contenders for the Danish throne and after some preliminary battles and an intervention by Frederic I Barbarossa, they came to a power-sharing agreement: Valdemar I the Great would rule Jutland, Canute V would rule Zealand and Funen, and Sweyn III would rule Scania. The trio agreed to a feast celebrating the agreement, but it was a trap laid by Sweyn. Canute was killed, but Valdemar, throwing over some very large candlesticks, escaped and the war was on.

There was a game last year between these two teams that was a bit of a bloodfeast, at least in the stands. Also, Nashville wasn’t expected to be in this battle for supremacy, even in the small-sample early goings. Canute was in the same boat. Will Nashville’s hopes be slain as Canute was or will they escape as Valdemar did? Or are the Predators Sewyn — laying a trap?

Canucks at Blues, 7 PM

Records: Canucks (3-2-0, 6 points, 5th in Pacific); Blues (2-2-1, 5 points, 4th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Jannik Hansen had the only goal and Eddie Lack goose-egged St. Louis in a 1-0 Vancouver win February 26.

Last 10: Vancouver 3-2-0; St. Louis 2-2-1

Historical Context: The Canucks are in the midst of three-in-four on the road. It’s no easy task. Despite his treachery, the deck was soon stacked against Sweyn, too. People rallied around Valdemar, sending Sewyn running on the road, where he burned some bridges.

Coyotes at Wild, 7 PM

Records: Coyotes (2-2-1, 5 points, 6th in Pacific); Wild (2-2-0, 4 points, 5th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Minnesota won 3-1 March 29 in Glendale.

Last 10: Arizona 2-2-1; Minnesota 2-2-0

Historical Context: Once the decisive battle was finally joined, Sweyn’s uppance came. He failed to properly locate Valdemar’s main forces, dingbatted his way into a swamp, was captured and then killed by angry peasants with an ax. The Wild haven’t played in eons. Will they blunder their way into an axing tonight?