Tonight, the Minnesota Wild defend the Conference III Belt for the first time since winning both ends of a two-in-three set with the Avs to start the season. Their first Central Time challenger? The Dallas Stars, who will try to add the Conference III Belt to their Precog Stanley Cup.
WC2. Stars 40-31-11 (91 points, 5th in Conference III) vs. Pac1. Ducks (54-20-8, 116 points, 1st in Pacific)
Season Series— Stars 2-1
Leaders— Stars: Tyler Seguin (37G, 47A, 84 Points, 11 PPG, 8 GWG), Antoine Roussel (209 PIMs), Jamie Benn (54.8 FenClose%); Ducks: Ryan Getzlaf (31G, 56A, 87 Points), Corey Perry (43G, 9 PPG, 8 GWG), Francois Beauchemin (58.8% Shorthanded Time)
Probable Goalies: Stars: Kari Lehtonen (33-20-10, .919, 2.41); Ducks: Frederick Andersen (20-5-0, .923, 2.29)
Welcome to the last [Redacted] of the 2013-14 regular season. When I first started this [sludge stack] I didn’t know what to expect. I knew I could write but I’d never written about hockey and I wasn’t sure if I could keep it going week after week. I’ve had a great time in the short half season I’ve shared my obscene, outlandish and/or ridiculous thoughts with you and I’ve met some cool people. Thank you for embracing me and enjoying [Redacted]. You [beloved people] are all right.
This week, I’m going to open with some housekeeping and then get down to business.
Today In History
In 1979, Margaret Thatcher — then Leader of the Opposition — puts the motion “That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government,” at the time led by Prime Minister James Callaghan, a historic dingbat, who led (“led”) Britain through the devastating Winter of Discontent.
The motion carries by one vote, forcing Callaghan to call an election and resulting in 18 years of Conservative government in the UK.
This is all very complicated, but in short, Callaghan had considered calling an election in 1978, but decided to wait a year so the economy would improve. The economy did not improve — it, in fact, fell apart — and then a referendum on devolution in Scotland failed, which angered the Scottish nationalists, which had supported the Labour government and angered the Liberals, which supported devolution and were miffed by the high vote threshold set for passage.
Anyway, everyone was put out with Callaghan and there was a very exciting vote and debate on March 28, 1979.
Every Friday bloggers from around The Heptarchy will update us on the news and notes from their teams (with that fancy header image courtesy of Mike D; like democracy itself, it’s a perpetual work-in-progress). Yes, we ripped this off from TRH’s Pacific War Room; no, we don’t care. And since we ripped it off, we’ll follow their lead and go in standings order.
In honor of our birthday, let’s, in the spirit of our proprietary power ranking system, look at our Top 13 posts of all time (ranked by views).
After ending St. Louis’ record run, Dallas gets its first chance to defend the Conference III Championship Belt today with a trip to Winnipeg.
Can the Stars start a long run of their own or will Winnipeg get its first title since the Jets beat those same Blues back in October?
How many times will St. Louis defend the Conference III Championship Belt? Tonight, when Dallas visits, the Blues will put up the strap for the fourth time in six days, the latest in a 70-plus day run with the belt, a title reign of Theszian proportions.
Can the Stars end the Blues’ stranglehold?