Great Game Previews In History: 27 October 2014

by J.R.

Today in History

Michael Servetus — variously described as a theologian, cartographer, doctor, and general Renaissance man — is burned at the stake October 27, 1553, for teaching an unorthodox view of the Trinity (some folks, particularly non-trinitarians, regard him as a martyr, though it’s not that he rejected the Trinity per se that got him executed) and for regarding infant baptism as a tool of the devil, running him afoul of pro-infant-baptism Calvinists in Switzerland.

Wild at Rangers, 6 PM

Records: Wild (4-2-0, 8 points, 4th in Conference III); Rangers (4-4-0, 8 points, 7th in SUDM)

Last Time They Met: Minnesota eked out a 2-1 home March 13.

Last 10: Minnesota 4-2-0; New York 4-4-0

Historical Context: The oddest part of Servetus’ execution is the manner by which he came to be arrested. Knowing Calvin and his cohorts were after him, he went to Geneva, voluntarily, as he was fleeing to Italy. Instead of realizing his error and hiding, instead he went to listen to Calvin preach. This ingenious defense was not sustainable.

Is Minnesota’s top-ranked defense sustainable? Yes, almost certainly Darcy Kuemper will maintain a .966 with a sub-1 goals-against. Wait. Just hope the regression doesn’t come all at once.