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Boston Bruins Week Ahead 1/10 - 1/16

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
B'S WELL REPRESENTED AT ALL-STAR FESTIVITIES… JULIEN TO JOIN?: Currently five Bruins will be involved in the NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal on Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25.


The NHL announced Thursday that Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard and Tim Thomas were named to the Eastern Conference All-Star roster for the 2009 NHL All-Star game. This marks the fourth all-star appearance for Chara, the second for Savard and the second for Thomas. All three players represented the Bruins at last year's All-Star game.

In last year's All-Star game, Chara defended his Hardest Shot title with a 103.1 MPH blast during the SuperSkills competition, Savard scored the game-winning goal in the all-star game and Thomas was the winning goaltender.

The NHL announced Friday that Milan Lucic and Blake Wheeler were selected to play in the 2009 NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck during NHL All-Star Weekend. This year, for the first time, the YoungStars Game will feature the NHL's top rookies against the NHL's top sophomores. Lucic will suit up for the sophs, while Wheeler will represent the rookies. The 10-player squads will square off Saturday, January 24 during the 2009 Honda/NHL SuperSkills competition at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Bell Centre in Montreal (National TV: VERSUS).

Lucic, who participated in last year's YoungStars game in Atlanta, has a NHL-best 154 hits and a team-high 84 penalty minutes to go along with 11 goals and 15 assists this year. The 6'3" 228-pound winger recorded his first career hat trick on October 25, 2008 against Atlanta. His 11 goals on the season surpass his entire rookie season total, where he had eight in 77 games.

Wheeler is among the rookie leaders in all major scoring categories including points (25, 2nd), goals (13, tied for 1st), assists (12, tied for 7th), and plus/minus (+25, 1st). His plus/minus rating ranks second in the entire NHL, behind teammate Marc Savard (+28). Wheeler also had a hat trick this year, when he scored three goals against the Maple Leafs on November 6, 2008.

The NHL will announce the coaches of the All-Star teams immediately following the games played on Saturday, January 10. The All-Star coaches are the coaches of the top two teams in each conference in terms of points percentage (currently the Bruins and Sharks) through games of Jan. 10. 

HOMESTAND COMES TO A CLOSE, INAUGURATION WEEKEND KICKS OFF WITH CAPS/BRUINS: The Bruins will wrap up a six-game homestand following contests against the Hurricanes on Saturday and Canadiens on Tuesday. The Bruins will travel to Long Island to play the Islanders in a Thursday night tilt before heading to Washington D.C. to face Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals on Saturday, January 17.

BERGERON SPEAKS: Click here for video from Patrice Bergeron's press briefing on Friday morning. This was the first time he addressed the media publicly since being injured on December 20.

4’S 30TH: Today, January 9, is the 30th anniversary of the Bobby Orr retirement ceremony when the Bruins raised the #4 to the rafters of the Boston Garden in a ceremony prior to an exhibition game against a team from the Soviet Union. The ceremony originally aired on TV-38 on January 9, 1979 and NESN will, for the first time, re-air the half-hour ceremony in its entirety on Saturday, January 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET. One of the many highlights from the ceremony is a standing ovation that lasted over eight minutes.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE…
Marc Savard leads the NHL in plus/minus with a +28 rating.

Wait, it gets better...

He has been "plus" or "even" in 19 straight games and 33 of his last 34 overall. He has only been on the "minus" side in four games this season. Which games? One win and three losses... opening night at Colorado on 10/9 (-1, W), at Montreal on 10/15 (-1, shootout loss), home against Toronto on 10/23 (-1, L) and at Buffalo on 11/26 (-1, L).

BRUINS UPCOMING GAME AND PRACTICE SCHEDULE (PLEASE CALL 617.624.1910 FOR THE LATEST UPDATES TO THE SCHEDULE):

Saturday, January 10 (Boston, MA)
-Ice available at TD Banknorth Garden 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. ET
Please note: This practice is not open to the public.
-Game vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 1:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)

Sunday, January 11 (Boston, MA)
-Off

Monday, January 12 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ET

Tuesday, January 13 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET
Please note: This practice is not open to the public.
-Game vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: VERSUS, RADIO: WBZ 1030)

Wednesday, January 14 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET
-Travel to Long Island

Thursday, January 15 (Uniondale, NY)
-Pregame skate at Nassau Coliseum, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
-Game at New York Islanders, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030 AM)
-Travel to Washington

Friday, January 16 (Arlington, VA)
-Practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, 1:30 p.m. ET- 2:30 p.m. ET

AROUND TOWN...
What: MA Down Syndrome Night
The Boston Bruins recognize MA Down Syndrome Night through participation in variety of in-game activities.
When: Saturday, January 10, 12:00 noon through the end of the game
Where: TD Banknorth Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
-  MA Down Syndrome will have an information table located at Loge Section 4.
Bruins Participating: Blades the Boston Bruins Mascot and Boston Bruins Ice Girls

What:  Hit a High Note School Visit
- The Hit a High Note program is a component of the WCRB and Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) Music Matters program. 
- Milan Lucic will be visiting the Albert Parlin Elementary School in Everett as part of the Bruins I.C.E. School Music Program.
- Lucic will be speaking about how music has made a difference in his life, as well as answering questions from the students. 
When: Monday, January 12, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Where: Albert Parlin Elementary School. 587 Broadway Everett, MA 01821
Bruins Participating: Milan Lucic

What:  PASS Clinic 
- The 6th clinic in a 10-clinic series conducted by the Boston Bruins and sponsored by TD Banknorth. 
- The PASS or Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters, focuses on teaching youth hockey players between the ages of 8 and 12 skating and shooting skills.
When: Monday, January 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: Chelmsford Forum, 2 Brick Kiln Road, Chelmsford, MA 01862
Bruins Participating: Tommy Songin, Bob Sweeney, David Krejci

What: Bruins Movie Poster Series
- The first 5,000 fans attending the Bruins/Montreal game will receive the second of the 7-part commemorative Bruins movie poster series.
- Tuesday's limited edition poster will feature Bruins' Captain and defenseman Zdeno Chara as 'Iron Defenseman'
- The additional 5 Bruins movie posters will feature Milan Lucic, Marc Savard, and Tim Thomas amongst others and will be given away on each of the 5 remaining Tuesday home games.
- The first poster in the series featured Michael Ryder as 'Ghost Ryder'
When: Tuesday January 13, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Where: TD Banknorth Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
-At each of the entrance turnstiles.
Bruins Participating: Michael Ryder, Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic, Marc Savard, and Tim Thomas

MEDIA...
THE INSTIGATORS: Every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., the gloves come off on NESN, as Mike Milbury, Andy Brickley, and Jack Edwards debate the hottest and most controversial issues in hockey on The Instigators.

THE BUZZ:
Naoko Funayama hosts this week's episode from the 19th annual Boston Bruins Wives Charity Carnival which was held last Sunday, January 4. Tune in to check out Milan Lucic, Matt Lashoff, Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler channel their inner-Pearl Jam during their Rock Band 2 video game performance at the Carnival, see what Manny Fernandez and Tim Thomas did to deserve NHL First Star of the Month honors for December, and recap all of the action from the B’s recent homestand. The Buzz airs Saturday, January 10 at 12:00 noon.

BRUINS RADIO APPEARANCES: Check the following radio stations for exclusive live interviews with Bruins players every week:
Tuesday mornings at 7:20: Andrew Ference on WFNX 101.7 FM
Wednesday mornings at 8:00:  Aaron Ward on WBCN 104.1 FM
Wednesday mornings at 8:20: Marc Savard on WZLX 100.7 FM

TICKET INFO...
STUDENT NIGHTS:  Every Bruins home game on Monday through Thursday is "Student Night" at the Garden, where students can purchase discounted tickets for $23.50.  The Bruins Student Sections are in sections 320 and 321, rows 3-15.

LEADERS AND STATS...
BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD (AS OF JANUARY 9):
-The Bruins lead the entire NHL in points (64) and wins (30).
-The Bruins own the NHL’s third ranked power play overall (23.9%).
-Marc Savard ranks fourth in the league in points with 52 (E. Malkin 63).
-Phil Kessel ranks fourth in the league in goals scored with 24 (T. Vanek, J. Carter, A. Ovechkin 27).
-Marc Savard ranks second in the league in assists with 38 (E. Malkin 48).
-Marc Savard leads all skaters with a +28 rating, Blake Wheeler is second and tops among rookies with a +25, Dennis Wideman is third in the league with a +24.
-Michael Ryder leads the NHL in game-winning goals with 7.
-Milan Lucic leads the NHL in hits with 154.
-Blake Wheeler is tied for the league lead in goals scored by a rookie with 13 (J. Neal, K. Versteeg 13) and plus/minus with a +25. He ranks second among rookies in points with 25 (K. Versteeg 33).
-Matt Hunwick ranks second among rookies in plus/minus with +14 (B. Wheeler, BOS +25)
-Manny Fernandez ranks second in Goals Against Average with a 2.07 mark (S. Mason, CBJ 1.82) and fifth in Save Percentage (.928).
-Tim Thomas ranks fourth in Goals Against Average with a 2.13 mark and third in Save Percentage (.932) behind Steve Mason (.934) and tied for third in shutouts with 3 (R. Luongo VAN, S. Mason CBJ, N. Backstrom MIN 5).

BRUINS 2008-2009 "STARS":
Tim Thomas- Second Star, Week ending November 2
Marc Savard- First Star, Week ending November 23
Phil Kessel- First Star, Week ending December 14
Manny Fernandez/Tim Thomas- First Star, Month of December
Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard, Tim Thomas- Eastern Conference All-Stars
Milan Lucic, Blake Wheeler- NHL YoungStars participants

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON LEADERS (AS OF JANUARY 9)...
Goals
1. P. Kessel    24
t2. D. Krejci   15
t2. M. Ryder    15
4. M. Savard    14
5. B. Wheeler   13

Assists
1. M. Savard    38
2. D. Krejci    28
3. D. Wideman   19
4. P. Kessel    17
t5. M. Lucic    15
t5. Z. Chara    15

Points
1. M. Savard    52
2. D. Krejci    43
3. P. Kessel    41
4. M. Ryder 29
5. D. Wideman   27

Plus/Minus
1. M. Savard    +28
2. B. Wheeler   +25
3. D. Wideman   +24
4. D. Krejci    +23
t5. Z. Chara    +19
t5. M. Ryder    +19

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic 84
2. S. Thornton  81
3. Z. Chara 48
4. M. Stuart    45
5. M. Savard    44

MEDIA AND FAN INFORMATION LINE:  Call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice schedule. 
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