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Boston Bruins Week Ahead 10/25 - 10/31

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
B'S HOST ATL, THEN HEAD WEST:  The Bruins and Atlanta Thrashers will meet for the first time in the 2008-2009 season when they play Saturday night at the TD Banknorth Garden at 7:00 p.m. ET.  The Bruins then head to western Canada for a three game road trip with games against Edmonton (Monday, October 27), Vancouver (Tuesday, October 28) and Calgary (Thursday, October 30).


UNFAMILIAR FOES:  The Bruins will play the Oilers for the first time since February 13, 2007, the Flames for the first time since October 19, 2006 and the Canucks for the first time since December 21, 2006.  The Black and Gold have fared well against these three clubs in the past, as they own a 38-17-6-0 lifetime mark against Edmonton, a 66-24-15-0 record against Vancouver and a 51-31-10-1 record against Calgary.

BRUINS UPCOMING GAME AND PRACTICE SCHEDULE
(PLEASE CALL 617.624.1910 FOR THE LATEST UPDATES TO THE SCHEDULE.  MEDIA AVAILABILITY TAKES PLACE AFTER EACH PRACTICE/GAME):

Saturday, October 25 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET- 11:00 a.m. ET
-Game vs. Atlanta Thrashers, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)

Sunday, October 26 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. ET- 11:30 p.m. ET
-Travel to Edmonton, AB

Monday, October 27 (Edmonton, AB)
-Pregame skate at Rex-all Place, 1:30 p.m. ET- 2:30 p.m. ET
-Game at Edmonton Oilers, 9:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
-Travel to Vancouver, BC

Tuesday, October 28 (Vancouver, BC)
-Pregame skate at General Motors Place, 1:30 p.m. ET- 2:30 p.m. ET
-Game at Vancouver Canucks, 10:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
-Travel to Calgary, AB

Wednesday, October 29 (Calgary, AB)
-Practice at Pengrowth Saddledome, 3:30 p.m. ET- 5:00 p.m. ET

Thursday, October 30 (Calgary, AB)
-Pregame skate at Pengrowth Saddledome, 1:30 p.m. ET- 2:30 p.m. ET
-Game at Calgary Flames, 9:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)

Friday, October 31 (Wilmington, MA)
-Travel to Boston, MA
-Practice TBD

COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE
The Bruins will travel 5,063 miles on their upcoming road trip.  Here's the breakdown:

Bedford - Edmonton 2060 Miles
Edmonton - Vancouver  503 Miles
Vancouver - Calgary  426 Miles
Calgary - Bedford  2074 Miles

TOTAL: 5,063

THE BUZZ IS BACK:  Check out this week's episode of The Buzz with host Naoko Funayama.  Highlights of this week’s show include a showcase of the new renovations and improvements to the TD Banknorth Garden, an exclusive interview with Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, a look at Phil Kessel’s fast start to the 2008-2009 campaign, and a feature on Blake Wheeler and other Bruins who scored their first NHL goal in their first NHL game in B's history.  The Buzz airs Saturday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET.

ON POINT:  Visit BostonBruins.com for Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli’s Blog, "On Point with Peter."  Chiarelli regularly checks in with insights on a variety of topics. 

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD
-Marc Savard ranks 8th overall in the league’s scoring race with 9 points (Malkin PIT, 13)
-Phil Kessel is tied for 3rd in the goal scoring race with 6 (Vanek BUF, 8)
-Blake Wheeler is tied for 3rd among rookies in the rookie goal scoring race with 2 (Brunnstrom DAL, 4)

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals
1. P. Kessel    6
2. M. Savard    5
t3. D. Krejci    2
t3. B. Wheeler    2

Assists
1. P. Bergeron    5
t2. P.J. Axelsson    4
t2. M. Ryder    4
t2. M. Savard    4

Points
1. M. Savard    9
2. P. Kessel    7
3. P. Bergeron    6

Plus/Minus
1. A. Ference    +6
2. D. Wideman    +4
t3. P. Bergeron    +3
t3. M. Ryder    +3
t3. M. Sturm    +3

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic    16
2. S. Thornton    12
3. M. Savard    8

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