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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 1/8 - 1/15

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:

SAVARD UPDATE: The Bruins will provide an update on Marc Savard’s injury Saturday prior to the Bruins/Rangers game.

B’S HOST BLUESHIRTS BEFORE WEST COAST ROAD TRIP: The Bruins will host the New York Rangers at the TD Garden in a 1:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday, January 9 (TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). Although the Rangers captured a 3-2 decision during the most recent meeting between the two clubs on Monday in NYC, the Black & Gold have blanked the Blueshirts the last two games at the TD Garden. They will carry a shutout streak of 136:52 into Saturday’s game, with the Rangers’ last goal coming on a Sean Avery tally at 8:08 in the third period during Boston’s 4-3 shootout win Jan 19, 2008. Following the Saturday home game, the Black & Gold will then embark on a three game west coast road trip where they will play the Ducks on Wednesday, Sharks on Thursday and Kings on Saturday.

HOT WHEELS: Blake Wheeler picked up his third straight multiple point game with a goal and an assist on Thursday night against Chicago. He now has four goals, three assists and seven points in his last three outings.

WIDEMAN TO HELP LAUNCH THIRD ANNUAL “PAJAMA DRIVE”: Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman will help launch the team’s third annual pajama drive for children in need, which kicks off Monday, January 11. Wideman will make an appearance at the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Stoneham to help raise awareness for the program, which was led by former Bruin P.J. Axelsson for the last two years. Look for more information on the PJ drive in an official announcement next week. The details of Wideman’s visit on Monday can be found below.

WHITFIELD UP: The Bruins recalled centerman Trent Whitfield from Providence on Friday. Whitfield skated in seven games for Boston earlier this season and has played in 26 games for Providence with 9-11=20 totals.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE:
The Bruins upcoming contests on their three-game road trip to California are the last games they will play outside of the Eastern Time Zone this regular season.

NUMBERS GAME:
14-1-0: Bruins record when holding a two-goal or more lead, after Thursday’s loss to Chicago, which they led 2-0.
35: Man-games lost to injury this season for Tampa Bay, the fewest in the league.
77: Man-games lost to injury this season for Boston, the fourth fewest in the league.
247: Man-games lost to injury for the Edmonton Oilers, the most in the league.

THEY SAID IT…
Blake Wheeler, after Thursday’s loss to Chicago…
“We have to… quit treating this like it’s a privilege and a right of ours to come and play in front of 18,000 people every night. And start playing like it’s the most important thing to us. For whatever reason, I think we lost sight of that night in and night out.”

BOSTONBRUINS.COM/MEDIA: The Bruins have launched a media-only section of their website, www.BostonBruins.com/media. This password-protected site, which will be updated by the Bruins Communications staff daily, will be the online home for all relevant Boston Bruins media information. To obtain a username and password for the site, please see a member of the Bruins Communications Staff.

MEDIA AND FAN INFORMATION LINE: Please call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.
 
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Please note the schedule is subject to change, call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the schedule.

Ristuccia Arena (190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887)
TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Saturday, January 9 (Boston, MA)
-Game vs. New York Rangers, TD Garden, 1:00 p.m. local

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

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

Tuesday, January 12 (Boston, MA/Anaheim, CA)
-Depart for Los Angeles, CA, 10:30 a.m.
-Practice at Honda Center (Anaheim, CA), 3:30 p.m. local

Wednesday, January 13 (Anaheim, CA/San Jose, CA)
-Game vs. Anaheim Ducks, Honda Center, 7:00 p.m. local
-Depart for San Jose, CA, 11:00 p.m., local

Thursday, January 14 (San Jose, CA/ Los Angeles, CA)
-Game vs. San Joe Sharks, HP Pavilion, 7:30 p.m. local
-Depart for Los Angeles, CA

Friday, January 15 (Los Angeles, CA)
-Practice at TBD, TBD local

AROUND TOWN:

WHAT: Skate with the Ice Girls
The Boston Bruins “Skate with the Ice Girls” series is heading to the Smead Skating Arena this Sunday (Smead Skating Arena, 1780 Roosevelt Ave, Springfield, MA 01104). Bruins fans will also have a chance to win Bruins autographed memorabilia and great prizes.
WHEN: Sunday, January 10 from 2:40 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Smead Skating Arena, 1780 Roosevelt Ave, Springfield, MA 01104
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: Third Annual PJ Drive Visit to BJ’s
Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman will be visiting the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Stoneham, MA to sign autographs for fans choosing to donate a pair of pajamas to the Boston Bruins PJ Drive.  For each pair of pajamas a fan donates they will be able to have one item autographed. The Boston Bruins mascot, Blades and Bruins Ice Girls will also be on hand to greet fans.  The PJ Drive is held in partnership with BJ’s Wholesale Club and Cradles to Crayons to collect pajamas for underprivileged children throughout Massachusetts.
WHEN: Monday, January 11, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: BJ’s Wholesale Club, 85 Cedar Street in Stoneham, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman, Boston Bruins mascot, Blades and the Bruins Ice Girls
 
WHAT: PASS in partnership with TD Bank
P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) is a 10 clinic series conducted by the Boston Bruins and sponsored by TD Bank.  P.A.S.S. focuses on teaching youth hockey players between the ages of 8 and 12 basic hockey skills. All participants receive a P.A.S.S. jersey and a gift bag filled with an equipment bag tag, water bottle and two tickets to an upcoming Bruins game. TD Bank also presents each hosting youth hockey organization with a $1000 donation
WHEN: Monday, January 11, 7:40 p.m. – 8:40 p.m.
WHERE: William Chase Arena, 35 Windsor Ave, Natick, MA 02149
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Adam McQuaid and Trent Whitfield

“COMMUNITY CAPTAIN” PRESENTED BY THE LOTTERY:
During each Boston Bruins home game, a member of the local community is acknowledged for their contributions as the “Community Captain” of the game. The Community Captain receives four complimentary game tickets to a Bruins home game where they will be recognized on the TD Garden HDX (video scoreboard). They will also receive a Boston Bruins Prize Pack.

Community Captain for Saturday, January 9: Heather King, Amesbury, MA
On Saturday, January 9 during the Bruins/Rangers game beginning at 1:00 p.m., Heather King of Amesbury, MA will be recognized in-game as the Boston Bruins Community Captain. Heather King has worked all levels of Amesbury Youth Hockey (AYH) for ten years, including the Amesbury Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey programs.. Whenever AYH needs volunteers, she is always there. Heather is recognized as the driving force behind what we know today as the Amesbury Youth Hockey League (AYHL).

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:

THE BUZZ: NESN’s Naoko Funayama will take you through the latest Bruins news on and off the ice on NESN’s weekly countdown show, The Buzz. This week Funayama will host from Fenway Park and recap all things Winter Classic and Legends Classic. Check your local listings for The Buzz’ airtimes.

THE HOCKEY SHOW ON 98.5: Bruins play-by-play man Dave Goucher and color analyst Bob Beers will team up with Sports Hub host Damon Amendolara every Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. for “The Hockey Show”- an hour long program on 98.5 FM devoted to news, notes and phone calls on everything going on with the Bruins and around the NHL.

WEEKLY SPOTS:
Tune in to the following stations for weekly segments with Bruins personnel:

Mondays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Milan Lucic with “Toucher and Rich”

Tuesdays
101.7 FM WFNX
7:30 a.m. Andrew Ference with “The Sandbox”

98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Cam Neely with “Felger and Massarotti”

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
12:40 p.m. Blake Wheeler with “Tanguay and Zolak”

Thursdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Shawn Thornton with “Toucher and Rich”

100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Marc Savard with “Karlson and McKenzie”

107.3 FM WAAF
8:30 a.m. Cam Neely with “The Hill-Man Morning Show”

98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Felger and Massarotti”
 
BRUINS REGULAR SEASON STATISTICAL LEADERS (As of Thursday, Jan. 7):
Goals
1. M. Sturm, 14
T2. P. Bergeron, 11
T2. B. Wheeler, 11
4. M. Ryder, 10
T5. M. Savard, 9
T5. M. Recchi, 9

Assists
1. Z. Chara, 22
2. P. Bergeron, 20
3. D. Morris, 17
4. M. Recchi, 16
T5. D. Krejci, 15
T5. B. Wheeler 15

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 31
2. B. Wheeler, 26
T3. M. Recchi, 25
T3. Z. Chara, 25
5. D. Krejci, 23

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, +9
2. M. Sturm, +8
T3. J. Boychuk, +4
T3. P. Bergeron, +4

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 71
2. Z. Chara, 60
3. S. Begin, 36
4. M. Stuart, 28

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:
-Patrice Bergeron currently ranks 7th overall in faceoffs won with 444 (S. Crosby, 557) and 8th in faceoff percentage at 58% (D. Steckel, 62%).
-Tim Thomas is currently tied for 2nd in the NHL for shutouts (4) with Antti Niemi.
-Tuukka Rask ranks 2nd in the NHL in save percentage with .933 (R. Miller, .934) and 2nd in goals against average with 1.92 (A. Niemi, 1. 82). 
-The Bruins as a team rank 1st on the penalty kill category at 87.6%.
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