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Boston Bruins Week Ahead 1/17 -1/23

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
FIRST PLACE B'S ROLLING INTO ALL-STAR BREAK: Upping their win streak to four games after a 2-1 victory over the Islanders on Thursday night, the Bruins continue their two-game road trip with a visit to Washington where they will face the Caps on Saturday, January 17. The Bruins will have two other games before the NHL All-Star Break as they host the Blues in a 1:00 p.m. matinee game on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 19 and then will take on the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Wednesday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Black & Gold will be off for the All-Star break Thursday, January 22 through Sunday, January 25.


WE MEET AGAIN: Since losing to the Capitals in DC on December 10, the Bruins have rattled off seven straight road victories. This is tied for the club's second longest road win streak in team history (and longest since the 1992-93 season) and is the longest in the NHL this season. The longest road win streak in team history is eight games, originally set in 1971-72 and matched again in 1992-93. The Bruins will look to tie this mark on Saturday night at the Verizon Center, where the Capitals own an Eastern Conference best - and second in the league overall - 18-3-1 record at home.

BLACK & GOLD HEADING TO MONTREAL: Six Bruins will participate in next weekend's NHL All-Star festivities with Zdeno Chara, Marc Savard and Tim Thomas suiting up for the Eastern Conference All-Stars, Claude Julien coaching the Eastern Conference All-Stars and Blake Wheeler and Milan Lucic participating in the YoungStars game. The YoungStars game will be played during the NHL SuperSkills competition on Saturday, January 24 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET. Also during this competition, two-time reigning Hardest Shot champion Zdeno Chara will defend his crown. Chara recorded triple-digit blasts of 100.4 MPH in 2007 and 103.1 MPH in 2008 to win those titles the last two years. The All-Star game will be played on Sunday, January 25 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET. All events will be televised nationally in the U.S. on VERSUS.

ON THIS DATE, LAST YEAR…
The Bruins had played 44 games with a 22-18-4 record, 48 points and were tied for the eighth spot in the East. This year, the Bruins have played 44 games with a 33-7-4 record, 70 points and are in first place in the East.

MAKING MOVES:
Earning first runner up for "Stat of the Week" honors is this note… Over a 32-day span from December 13 through January 14, the Bruins made 26 separate roster transactions involving 10 different players. Martin St. Pierre was involved in a team-high five during this time period.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE…
The Bruins are 25-1-2 in games where David Krejci records a point and 14-0-1 when he scores a goal (the lone regulation loss came on November 26 in Buffalo).

The Bruins are 22-1-1 in games where Michael Ryder records a point and 14-0-0 when he scores a goal (the lone regulation loss came on Saturday, October 11 at Minnesota).

The Bruins are 18-0-3 when Dennis Wideman records a point, 16-0-1 when he records an assist and 6-0-2 when he scores a goal.

BRUINS UPCOMING GAME AND PRACTICE SCHEDULE (PLEASE CALL 617.624.1910 FOR THE LATEST UPDATES TO THE SCHEDULE):
Saturday, January 17 (Washington, DC)
-Pregame skate at Verizon Center, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
-Game vs. Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030 AM)
-Travel to Boston

Sunday, January 18 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET

Monday, January 19 (Boston, MA)
-Ice available at TD Banknorth Garden 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. ET
Please note: This practice is not open to the public
-Game vs. St. Louis Blues, 1:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030 AM)

Tuesday, January 20 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET
-Travel to Toronto

Wednesday, January 21 (Toronto, ON)
-Pregame skate at Air Canada Centre, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET
-Game vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030 AM)

Thursday, January 22
-NHL All-Star break

Friday, January 23
-NHL All-Star break

AROUND TOWN:
Kids Day
What: Children will be featured in various promotions and special activities throughout the Bruins matinee game on Monday, January 19.
- The first 5,000 kids through turnstiles will receive a Zamboni Piggy Bank courtesy of TD Banknorth
- The National Anthem will be sung by 9 year old Anthony Gargiula from Glenmont, NY
- The colors will be presented by Boy Scout Troop 195 of Somersworth, NH
- The Comcast Hi Def Zone (Loge Section 7/8) will be transformed into the Comcast Kids Zone featuring a balloon artist, face painting and a caricaturist
- Children will have the opportunity to play Guitar Hero 3 at the AT&T table at Section 15 on the Level 4 Concourse
- Three randomly selected kids will have the chance to be an honorary PA Announcer, honorary DJ, and honorary Ice Crew members during the 1st period
When: Monday, January 19 beginning at 12:00 noon
Where: TD Banknorth Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA, 02114
-The Zamboni piggy bank giveaway will take place at each of the entrance turnstiles
Bruins Participating: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and Boston Bruins Ice Girls

Go Red In Your Own Fashion Night

What: The Boston Bruins and NESN have teamed up with the American Heart Association's Go Red Initiative to present the Go Red Fashion Event
- At the event there will be a "PURSEnalities" silent auction featuring high-end purses filled with local celebrities’ favorite things 
- Sara Campbell's special GO RED pieces and new spring line will be available for purchase at this exclusive shopping experience
When: Tuesday, January 20th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Sara Campbell, 44 Plymouth Street, Boston, MA, 02118
Bruins Participating: Wives and Girlfriends of the Boston Bruins

MEDIA:
NESN'S ALL-STAR COVERAGE...
Tune in to NESN for all things All-Star this week. Naoko Funayama will bring you all the action from Montreal, including live blogs, an interview with Bruins/Eastern Conference All-Star head coach Claude Julien, a preview of the game, a recap of the YoungStars and SuperSkills competition on Saturday night's SportsDesk (1/24), an in-depth exclusive access piece from Montreal that will air on Sunday morning's SportsDesk (1/25) and a top 10 recap of the festivities which will air the following weekend of January 31.

THE BRICKS: NESN color analyst Andy Brickley checks in at the halfway point of the NHL year to hand out his midseason awards with a special edition of "The Bricks." The Bricks will air on Saturday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. ET

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. This week's episode on Thursday, January 22 will feature questions previewing the NHL All-Star game.

THE BUZZ:
On this week's episode of The Buzz, we take a look at Matt Hunwick's first NHL fight, recap the 30th anniversary of the Bobby Orr #4 retirement ceremony and hear from NESN analyst Barry Pederson as he gives his five reasons why the 2010 Winter Classic should be played in Boston. The Buzz airs Saturday, January 17 at 6:00 p.m. ET.

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 16)...
-The Bruins lead the entire NHL in points (70), wins (33), goals against (96) and goal-differential (+63).
-The Bruins own the NHL's third ranked power play overall (23.8%).
-Marc Savard is tied for fourth in the league in points with 53 (E. Malkin 67).
-Phil Kessel ranks fifth in the league in goals scored with 24 (J. Carter, A. Ovechkin 29).
-Marc Savard ranks fourth in the league in assists with 38 (E. Malkin 49).
-Marc Savard leads all skaters with a +30 plus/minus rating, Blake Wheeler is second and tops among rookies with a +27, Dennis Wideman is third with a +26, David Krejci is fourth in the league with a +25, Zdeno Chara is tied for sixth with a +22 and Michael Ryder is tied for eighth with a +21.
-Michael Ryder leads the NHL in game-winning goals with 7.
-Milan Lucic is third in the NHL with hits with 154 (B. Orpik 165).
-Blake Wheeler leads the rookies plus/minus ranking with a +27. He is tied for second in goals scored by a rookie with 13 (P. Berglund 14), assists by a rookie with 15 (K. Versteeg 22), and points by a rookie with 28 (K. Versteeg 35).
-Matt Hunwick ranks fourth among rookies in plus/minus with +13 (B. Wheeler, BOS +27)
-Tim Thomas ranks second in Goals Against Average with a 2.00 mark and first in Save Percentage (.937) and is tied for fourth in shutouts with 3 (S. Mason CBJ 6).
-Manny Fernandez ranks third in Goals Against Average with a 2.07 mark (S. Mason, CBJ 1.80) and fourth in Save Percentage (.928).

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
Claude Julien: Eastern Conference All-Star head coach

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON LEADERS (AS OF JANUARY 16):
Goals
1. P. Kessel    24
t2. D. Krejci   17
t2. M. Ryder    17
4. M. Savard    15
5. B. Wheeler   13

Assists
1. M. Savard    38
2. D. Krejci    31
3. D. Wideman   21
4. P. Kessel    17
5. Z. Chara 16

Points
1. M. Savard    53
2. D. Krejci    48
3. P. Kessel    41
4. M. Ryder 32
5. D. Wideman   29

Plus/Minus
1. M. Savard    +30
2. B. Wheeler   +27
3. D. Wideman   +26
4. D. Krejci    +25
5. Z. Chara +22

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton  88
2. M. Lucic 84
3. Z. Chara 52
4. M. Stuart    50
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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