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Boston Bruins Week Ahead 11/29 - 12/5

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

"NEW" LOOK B'S TAKE THE ICE ON BLACK FRIDAY:  The B's will play their annual Day After Thanksgiving matinee game on Friday, November 28 when they face off against the Islanders at 12:00 p.m. ET.  It will be "Black Friday"” at the Garden, as the team will wear their new third jersey system for the first time.  The Third Jersey System is predominantly black with Boston's secondary logo on the chest of the sweater.

SWEET START:  With a 14-4-4 record and 32 points through their first 22 games this season, the Bruins are off to their best start since the 2002-2003 season when they had 34 points on a 15-3-3-1 mark.  The club record at the 22-game mark is 38 points, set during the 1929-1930 season when the Black and Gold jumped out to a 19-3-0 record.

DEFENDING CHAMPS ROLL IN; B'S TAKE MIDWEEK TRIP DOWN SOUTH:  The Bruins will host the defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, November 29 before departing for Tampa on Wednesday.  The Bruins will play the Lightning in Tampa on Thursday and then the Panthers in Florida on Saturday, December 6.  Tampa Bay and Boston have yet to play this season while the Bruins defeated the Panthers in their lone tilt in 2008-2009.


Saturday, November 29 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET- 11:00 a.m. ET
-Game vs. Detroit Red Wings (TV: NESN, FS-D, RADIO: WBZ 1030)

Sunday, November 30 (Wilmington, MA)
No Practice...

Monday, December 1 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. ET- 11:45 a.m. ET

Tuesday, December 2 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. ET- 11:45 a.m. ET

Wednesday, December 3 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. ET- 11:30 a.m. ET
-Travel to Tampa, FL

Thursday, December 4 (Tampa, FL)
-Pregame skate at St. Pete Times Forum, 11:30 a.m. ET- 12:00 p.m. ET
-Game at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, SUN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
Friday, December 5 (Sunrise, FL)
-Practice at BankAtlantic Center, 11:30 a.m. ET- 12:30 p.m. ET

WHAT: Coca Cola Holiday Caravan and Toy Collection benefitting "Toys for Tots"
- See the Coca Cola Holiday Caravan with its thousands of twinkling lights, get pictures with Santa, meet ‘Blades’, the Bruins’ mascot and the Bruins Ice Girls
-Donate toys to the Toys for Tots program
WHEN: Friday, November 28 from 10a.m.-12p.m. before the Bruins play the New York Islanders
WHERE:  TD Banknorth Garden West Lot
BRUINS PARTICIPATING:  Bruins Ice Girls and the Bruins mascot, Blades.

WHAT: Black Out Day
- For Black Friday and the debut of the new Reebok Third Jersey System all fans attending the Bruins game against the Islanders will receive a black t-shirt
WHEN: Friday, November 28 - doors open at 11 a.m.
WHERE: TD Banknorth Garden.  T-shirts will be distributed at turnstiles

WHAT: TD Banknorth PASS Clinic.
-The 4th 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, December 1st, 6-8PM
WHERE: Asiaf Arena, 476 Forest Ave Extension, Brockton. MA  02301
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Mark Stuart and Shane Hnidy.  Bruins Alumni Bob Sweeney, Tom Songin, and Rick Middleton. 

WHAT: Annual Holiday Toy Shopping
-Boston Bruins players shop for toys and clothes to donate to children at local area hospitals. 
WHEN: Tuesday, December 2nd, 2-4PM
WHERE: Target, 101 Commerce Way, Woburn, MA
BRUINS participating: Players TBD

The Bruins are 9-6-1 all-time during their Day-After-Thanksgiving matinee games.  The Day After Thanksgiving matinee has been a Black and Gold tradition since the 1990-1991 season.

THE BUZZ:  This week's episode of the Buzz takes a look back at the club’s preseason team-building trip to Vermont, recaps Marc Savard's performance last week which earned him NHL First Star of the Week honors, and showcases the B's new third jersey system.

BRUINS ON AIR 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 8:20: Marc Savard on WZLX 100.7 FM
Wednesday afternoons at 4:00:  Aaron Ward on WBCN 104.1 FM

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.

-The Boston Bruins are currently ranked second in the Eastern Conference, and first in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference with a 14-4-4 record
-The Bruins have the fourth most points overall in the NHL
-The Bruins hold the second-best road record in the NHL with a 7-3-3 run while traveling, and hold first place on the road in the Eastern Conference
-Goaltender Tim Thomas is first in the NHL in goals against average with 1.88, and second in save percentage with .940 percent (C. Anderson FLA, .942).
-Marc Savard is third in the NHL in assists with 20 (E. Malkin PIT, 25) and ranked sixth in the NHL in points with 28 (E. Malkin PIT, 35)
-Savard and teammate Dennis Wideman round out the top ten of plus/minus in the NHL with Savard at +12 and Wideman at +11 (A. Semin WSH, +17)
-Blake Wheeler is third in the NHL in rookie shooting percentage at 22.2 percent (F. Brunnstrom DAL, 25), fifth in rookie goals with 6 (M. Grabovski TOR, 9), and tenth in the NHL in rookie points with 9 (K. Versteeg CHI, 20)

1. P. Kessel    11
2. M. Savard    8
t3. M. Lucic    6
t3. M. Sturm    6
t3. B. Wheeler    6

1. M. Savard    20
t2. P. Bergeron 10
t2. D. Krejci    10
3. A. Ference    7

1. M. Savard    28
2. P. Kessel    17
3. D. Krejci    15

1. M. Savard    +12
2. D. Wideman +11
3. M. Lucic    +10

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton    50
2. M. Lucic    48
t3. M. Savard    34
t3. M. Stuart    34

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