Great Game Previews In History: 24 October 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

Perhaps the most important treaty in human history is signed as the concept of the modern nation-state is born with the signing of the final bits of the Peace of Westphalia October 24, 1648.

Coming at the end of a massive diplomatic congress — delegations were sent from 16 European states, 66 states of the Holy Roman Empire (which represented 140 total Imperial states), and 27 interest groups representing 38 interest groups — the three treaties of Westphalia ostensibly ended the Thirty Years War between the Protestants and Catholics in the Holy Roman Empire and the Eighty Years War between Spain and the Dutch.

What it, in fact, did was create the modern notion of sovereignty, a primary export of Western Europe for the ensuing 300 years.

Stars at Devils, 6 PM

Records: Stars (3-1-2, 8 points, 3rd in Conference III); Devils (3-2-1, 7 points, 6th in SUDM)

Last Time They Met: The Stars managed just 16 shots in a 3-2 Devils OT win January 30.

Last 10: Dallas 3-1-2; New Jersey 3-2-1

Historical Context: Typically, most folks remember that Westphalia for establishing the concept of cuius regio, eius religio (that’s “Whose realm, his religion”). Basically, what ever the religion of the prince within the Holy Roman Empire became the official religion of his state (although a Catholic in a Protestant state was guaranteed the right to free exercise under certain conditions and vice-versa). That was sort of the genesis for the concept of sovereignty as we all understand it now. Lindy Ruff is the prince of these Stars and despite the mandate from heaven that the Stars will inevitably win the Cup so long as they keep Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza on the same line, Ruff went to mixer at practice. Hey, it’s his regio.

Lightning at Jets, 6 PM

Records: Lightning (4-2-1, 9 points, 3rd in Flortheast); Jets (2-4-0, 4 points, 6th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Jets managed just 14 shots in a 4-2 Tampa win January 7.

Last 10: Tampa Bay 4-2-1; Winnipeg 2-4-0

Historical Context: The Treaty of Osnabrück was one of the two treaties signed on October 24 (the Treaty of Münster was the other).  Osnabrück concerned the Holy Roman Empire, France, Sweden and their various allies. Sweden, which, perhaps you’ve noticed, is no longer a driver of world affairs, came out pretty well in all the swapping, though some of what they got and gave in the end wasn’t clear to everyone involved.

Winnipeg was allegedly the beneficiary of moving west, what with the allegedly easier travel and the more convenient start times (?), but the Jets have found the going as tough as it was for the Thrashers in the east. Maybe a visit from an old Southeast Division pal will make it easier to stomach.

Canucks at Avalanche, 7 PM Mountain/8 PM Central

Records: Canucks (4-2-0, 8 points, 5th in Pacific); Avalanche (1-4-2, 4 points, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Colorado got a 4-2 win in Vancouver April 10.

Last 10: Vancouver 4-2-0; Colorado 1-4-2

Historical Context: The border between Sweden and Brandenburg in Pomerania was settled, ostensibly bringing to an end a struggle that dated back to the 12th century, wherein both Brandenberg and first the Pomeranian duchy (and later the Swedish occupiers) argued about not only where the border was, but whether there was a border at all or if Pomerania was a fief of Brandenberg or had Imperial immediacy.

The return of much of the land to Sweden was supposed to calm things down — much as Semyon Varlamov’s return to the Avs line-up is meant to steady the foundering Avs. Bad news for Colorado, if the analogy holds: the conflict in Pomerania wasn’t settled until the Congress of Vienna — in 1815.