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.
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.
Welcome back, [poultry fetishists]. Teams from other divisions played yesterday, but [ignore] them. Today marks the first day of the real NHL regular season. To mark this momentous occasion, join me for a review of the teams that make our beloved Conference III a special division—a Great Divide—separating it from the Flortheast, the Californian, and the Metropolitan, where division name jokes write themselves. As J.R. so eloquently pointed out yesterday, it is our division that both unites us and divides us, and since he chose to focus on the former, I will examine the latter in the form of crass, brash, and morally distasteful power rankings.
Yesterday I flew into Orange County to see the Stars play the Ducks. You all know what the outcome was and what happened to Ryan Getzlaf, but you may not have had the chance to hear exactly what that sounded like to fans in the arena.
We clearly heard that nasty thunk all the way in the upper bowl.
Now, please note that I don’t wish that on any player. Getzlaf has gotten stitched up and he’ll probably play in Game 2, which will hopefully have less scary injuries and more Dallas goals.
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)
Obscene Alex and J.R. can’t agree on the utility of explicit language; can they agree on the outcome of this year’s playoff series?
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.
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.