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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 11/22 - 11/28

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

November 22 – November 28

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

CAMPBELL’S THANKSGIVING DELIVERY: For the fourth time since joining the Boston Bruins organization, Bruins forward Gregory Campbell will purchase and personally deliver $2,000 worth of pies from Mike's Pastry and lasagna from Trattoria di Monica to various shelters and charitable organizations throughout Boston on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 27. Additional media information will be announced closer to Thanksgiving, media interested in covering this event should contact Erika Wentzell (ewentzell@bostonbruins.com) for more information.

UPCOMING OPPONENT PREVIEW: The Bruins kick off a three game home stretch beginning with a matchup with the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday (11/22) at 7:00 p.m., before they face-off with Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday (11/24) at 7:00 p.m. The Bruins will finish off the three-game homestand with the Winnipeg Jets on Friday (11/28) at 7:00 p.m. To check out a video preview of these matchups, head to BostonBruins.com.

BOSTON BRUINS NO ICE, JUST LIGHTS EXPERIENCE AT THE STONE ZOO:  On Tuesday, November 25, Bruins players will bring 15 children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester to the Stone Zoo for a private VIP ZooLights experience. The children and players will ceremoniously turn on the lights for the annual ZooLights event at Stone Zoo. ZooLights is a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights, where the players and children will stroll through festively decorated Yukon Creek, home to bald eagles, North American porcupines, Canada lynx (including three kittens born earlier this year), reindeer and arctic foxes. They will also have the opportunity to meet Stone Zoo’s reindeer up close as well as enjoy hot chocolate and cookies with Santa in Santa’s Castle. This is a private event and the zoo will be closed to the public during this time.  ZooLights opens to the public on November 27.  For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

TABLE OF FRIENDS: On Tuesday, November 25, TD Garden's philanthropic arm, Garden Neighborhood Charities, is kicking off the holiday season with its annual fall event, Table of Friends. For 19 years, Garden Neighborhood Charities has proudly partnered with Friends of Boston’s Homeless to provide a full Thanksgiving meal served by volunteers from TD Garden, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics and city and state officials to the Boston-area homeless population. Over the past five years, Garden Neighborhood Charities has donated $50,000 toward ending homelessness in the City of Boston through its support of Friends of Boston’s Homeless. Through the partnership between Friends of Boston’s Homeless, Garden Neighborhood charities remains focused on immediate and long-term support for the homeless. In conjunction with this year’s 19th annual Table of Friends, TD Garden’s charitable arm has made a combined cash and in-kind donation of $10,000. Special Volunteers include Bruins President Cam Neely, TD Garden President Amy Latimer, Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham and many others. For more information, please see the Around Town Section of the Boston Bruins Week Ahead.

BRUINS VS. JETS SUITE TICKETS RAFFLE: The Boston Bruins Foundation is hosting a raffle for four suite tickets to the Boston Bruins vs. Winnipeg Jets on Friday, November 28. Enter for your chance to win at http://www.nhlalumniraffles.org/ beginning Friday, November 21 through Wednesday, November 26.

SKATE & SKI TICKET PACKAGE: The Bruins, Loon Mountain and 98.5 The Sports Hub have teamed up again this season to bring you the Skate & Ski ticket package. Purchase a Skate & Ski ticket to select Bruins weekday games during November through February for $99 and receive a complimentary lift ticket to Loon Mountain, New England's most accessible mountain resort destination and the Home of Superior Snow! To learn more or to purchase a Skate & Ski ticket visit: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=38915.

3-GAME PLANS: Boston Bruins three-game plans for the 2014-15 season presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery are on sale now. Choose from three different plans that feature marquee matchups this December through March. Tickets start at $95. To purchase call 617.624.2327, Option 1 or visit: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=92764.

BOSTON BRUINS HOLIDAY SUITES: Bring some cheer to your holiday party this season when you host it at Bruins game. Special holiday suite rental packages are now available and include tickets for 12 or 18 fans, a food and beverage package, and a limited-edition holiday ornament. For more information visit: http://tdgardenapps.com/suites/holiday-suite-rentals.html.

NOVEMBER HOME GAME TICKETS AVAILABLE: Tickets for the Boston Bruins home games are available, including Saturday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens (11/22), Monday’s games vs. the Penguins (11/24), and Friday’s matchup with the Jets (11/28). Bruins individual regular season home game tickets for the 2014-15 season presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery, are on sale now. For more information on tickets, please visit http://bruins.nhl.com/tickets.

17 BRUINS PARTICIPATING IN MOVEMBER: This November, Patrice Bergeron (Mo' Team Captain) and teammates Matt Bartkowski, Gregory Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Loui Eriksson, Matt Fraser, Seth Griffith, Dougie Hamilton, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Dennis Seidenberg and David Warsofsky are all taking action by changing their appearance by growing a moustache for the 30 days of Movember, to spark conversation and raise funds for men's health. Fans can get involved by donating to their favorite player’s Movember page or by starting their own at bostonbruins.com/movember. This week, fans who raise at least $10 for the Bruins Movember team will automatically be entered to win two (2) tickets to see the Bruins take on the Penguins on Monday, November 24.

SEASON 2 OF BEHIND THE B: Season Two of the Black & Gold’s all-access television series “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani has begun, with 13 episodes slated to air during the 2014-15 season. All episodes will again be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native, Denis Leary.

“Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani Episode air dates (all televised on NESN): 
Episode 5 - Thursday, December 4 at 9:00 p.m.
Episode 6 - Friday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Episode 7 - Monday, January 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 8 - Tuesday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Episode 9 - Thursday, February 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 10 - Thursday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 11 - Monday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 12 - Monday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 13 - Sunday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.

BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION 50/50 RAFFLE:  During each Boston Bruins home game, the Boston Bruins Foundation conducts the 50/50 raffle presented by Health Services Administrators. Fifty percent of the proceeds go towards the beneficiary hosted by the Bruins Foundation that night, while the other fifty percent of the proceeds go to one lucky winner. The 50/50 program comprises of one third of annual fundraising for the Boston Bruins Foundation. After the winning ticket is selected, the number will be announced in-game giving the winner the opportunity to claim their prize at Guest Services on the Loge Level, Section 4 or by checking the numbers posted on the Bruins Foundation Website within 30 days of the winning game, which can be found at the following link: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=101168.

Last four winning 50/50 numbers:
11/18 vs. the St. Louis Blues: 02802347 (Total: $14,530, Beneficiary: Greater Boston Food Bank)
11/15 vs. the Carolina Hurricanes: 05101663 (Total: $21,055, Beneficiary: Big Brothers and Sisters of MA Bay)
11/10 vs. the New Jersey Devils: 00701179 (Total: $16,150, Beneficiary: USO)
11/6 vs. the Edmonton Oilers: 03201266 (Total: $11,850, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation)

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has been confirmed as a weekly call-in guest with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak (Gresh and Zo), which airs weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., while forward Reilly Smith is expected to be regular a guest with 98.5's Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb (Toucher and Rich), which airs weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Chris Kelly will be a regular guest on 100.7 WZLX with Kevin Karlson and Pete McKenzie (Karlson & McKenzie), which airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Call-in days and times are dependent upon the B’s schedule.

STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

MILESTONES APPROACHING: Entering the weekend Head Coach Claude Julien is two games shy from coaching his 800th NHL game. His 800th game coached is set to be against his former team the Montreal Canadiens (11/22), which is where he began his NHL head coaching career from 2002-2006… Carl Soderberg is one game shy and Torey Krug is two games shy of their 100th NHL/Bruins game.

TUUKKA TIME: Goaltender Tuukka Rask earned his first shutout of the season and 24th of his career against the St. Louis Blues (11/18), which moves him into seventh place on the Bruins’ all-time shutout list behind Byron Dafoe (25). The club record belongs to Tiny Thompson with 74 shutouts… Going into Friday night’s contest vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets, Rask holds a shutout streak of 112:55 with his last goal allowed by Carolina’s Jiri Tlusty at 7:05 of the first period on 11/15.

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY: The Bruins have been outshot in their last five contests, winning three games out of the five. That is Boston’s longest such stretch since a six game stretch in which they were outshot by opponents from 4/4/13 – 4/13/13.

UPCOMING GAMES…

UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Guerin Austin will be covering the Bruins upcoming games vs. Montreal (11/22), Pittsburgh (11/24) and Winnipeg (11/28). The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

11/22 vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
11/24 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
11/28 vs. Winnipeg Jets, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

225 AND COUNTING: Counting the Bruins’ game vs. the Blues on November 18, the Boston Bruins have sold out 225 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than four years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW): With his third TOTW win of the season putting himself atop the standings, DJ Bean gives a recommendation to a team that has been battling the injury bug:

@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com): They have huge scissors for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Bruins defensemen not allowed anywhere near this event.

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@BJaffe (Billy Jaffe, NESN): So do the shovel crews now ask for “Overtime pay?” Thank you very much, will be here all week. #myfatherwouldbeproud #badjokes
@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com): And by Krejci skating w/Lucic & Krejci, I of course meant Griffith. The cloning technology on Krejci is still very primitive
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN): Call me a dinosaur (one of the printable insults, anyway) but I can live with imperfections and occasional injustice. I like game's tempo.

2014-15 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog), Week 2, Week 4, Week 11
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 8, Week 10
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 7, Week 9,
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe), Week 6
@GlobeEricWilbur (Eric Wilbur, Boston Globe), Week 5
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com), Week 3
@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 1

MEDIA INFORMATION: Throughout the 2014-15 season, the Bruins Communications staff will provide schedule updates, releases and transcripts on the Boston Bruins Media Site, which can be accessed at www.bostonbruins.com/media using the follow combination: E-mail: media@bostonbruins.com, Password: media.

AROUND TOWN…

BOSTON BRUINS NO ICE, JUST LIGHTS EXPERIENCE AT THE STONE ZOO
WHAT: On Tuesday, November 25, Bruins players will bring 15 children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester to the Stone Zoo for a private VIP ZooLights experience. The children and players will ceremoniously turn on the lights for the annual ZooLights event at Stone Zoo. ZooLights is a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights, where the players and children will stroll through festively decorated Yukon Creek, home to bald eagles, North American porcupines, Canada lynx (including three kittens born earlier this year), reindeer and arctic foxes. They will also have the opportunity to meet Stone Zoo’s reindeer up close as well as enjoy hot chocolate and cookies with Santa in Santa’s Castle. This is a private event and the zoo will be closed to the public during this time.  ZooLights opens to the public on November 27.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Stone Zoo, 149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Current Boston Bruins Players


TABLE OF FRIENDS
WHAT: TD Gardens philanthropic arm, Garden Neighborhood Charities, is kicking off the holiday season with its annual fall event, Table of Friends. For 19 years, Garden Neighborhood Charities has proudly partnered with Friends of Boston’s Homeless to provide a full Thanksgiving meal served by volunteers from TD Garden, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics and city and state officials to the Boston-area homeless population. Over the past five years, Garden Neighborhood Charities has donated $50,000 toward ending homelessness in the City of Boston through its support of Friends of Boston’s Homeless. Through the partnership between Friends of Boston’s Homeless, Garden Neighborhood charities remains focused on immediate and long-term support for the homeless. In conjunction with this year’s 19th annual Table of Friends, TD Garden’s charitable arm has made a combined cash and in-kind donation of $10,000.

In addition to serving the traditional Table of Friends Thanksgiving feast fare (1200 lbs. of turkey, 1000 lbs. of stuffing, 40 gallons of gravy, 850 lbs. of mashed potatoes, 500 lbs. of carrots, 100 lbs. of green beans, 115 dozen rolls and 10 gallons of cranberry sauce), Garden Neighborhood Charities will have volunteers distributing care packages made up various essentials (socks, gloves, toothbrushes) to help area homeless through the coming winter months.  To ensure the support continues past the holiday season, Garden Neighborhood Charities also makes a cash donation to Friends of Boston’s Homeless in support of its key long-term programs like the Housing Start-up Fund, which aims to move area homeless beyond shelter and into permanent housing.

Though Table of Friends began in 1995 as a way to open the doors of the TD Garden to members of the community, Garden Neighborhood Charities continues to expand its table’s reach beyond the four walls of the arena. In addition to feeding hundreds at the event at TD Garden on Tuesday, the unused food from the event will be donated to the Boston Rescue Mission to continue serving those in need in the Greater Boston Area.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 25 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Best media opportunities at 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden, Event Floor. Parking is available in the front Boston Garden lot. Media may enter via Back Security/Media Entrance.
WHO: Boston Bruins President Cam Neely, TD Garden President Amy Latimer, Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, Boston Emergency Medical Services Chief Jim Hooley, Friends of Boston's Homeless Executive Director Mariann Bucina Roca, and Boston Bruins & Boston Celtics alumni including Lyndon Byers, Rick Middleton, Frank Simonetti and Tommy Songin.

OFF THE ICE…

PATRICE’S PALS: As a part of his continuing charitable initiative Patrice’s Pals, Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron invites children from local hospitals and other organizations to experience a Bruins home game from his luxury suite. Children and their families receive goodie bags filled with Bruins memorabilia, a visit from the Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls, as well as a feature on the Garden HDX. After the game, Patrice’s Pals are escorted to ice level and introduced to Patrice himself who signs autographs and takes pictures with his Pals.

COMMUNITY TICKET PROGRAM: For the entirety of the Boston Bruins 2014-15 regular season, Bruins Principal and Alternate Governor Charlie Jacobs is donating ten balcony tickets to every home game to children from charitable organizations across New England, who are invited to enjoy a Bruins home game from these donated seats.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE & MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-Schedule is subject to change.
-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-All times are local to where the practice or game is taking place
-Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.

Saturday, November 22 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate and media availability will be confirmed followings Friday’s game against Columbus
-Home Game vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, November 23
-TBD


Monday, November 24 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after session
-Players will be available to the media after Coach Julien’s availability
-Home Game vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Tuesday, November 25 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.
-Players available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after player availability

Wednesday, November 26 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Players available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after player availability

Thursday, November 27 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Players available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after player availability

Friday, November 28 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate and media availability: TBD
-Home Game vs. Winnipeg Jets, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

2014-15 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
T1. P. Bergeron, 5
T1. S. Griffith, 5
T1. B. Marchand, 5
T1. C. Soderberg, 5
T2. D. Hamilton, 4
T2. R. Smith, 4

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 10
T2. L. Eriksson, 8
T2. C. Soderberg, 8
T3. D. Hamilton, 7
T3. D. Krejci, 7
T3. M. Lucic, 7

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 15
2. C. Soderberg, 13
T3. L. Eriksson, 11
T3. D. Hamilton, 11
T3. B. Marchand, 11

Plus/Minus
T1. L. Eriksson, 5
T1. C. Kelly, 5
T1. B. Marchand, 5
T2. D. Krejci, 4
T2. T. Krug, 4
T2. K. Miller, 4


Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic, 33
2. B. Marchand, 22
3. A. McQuaid, 19
T4. P. Bergeron, 14
T4. B. Robins, 14

NHL Leaders
-Patrice Bergeron leads the league in faceoff wins with 267 and ranks second in face-off percentage with 60.5%
-Milan Lucic ranks 14th in the league in hits with 59

Fans interested in learning more about Boston Bruins players, or ticket options, should visit the team website at www.bostonbruins.com or call 617.624.BEAR. The 2014-15 season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.
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