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Boston Bruins Week Ahead 11/8 - 11/14

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
B'S, THOMAS LOOK TO KEEP ROLLING:  The Bruins are 5-1-0 in their last six games and will look to continue their recent run when they host the Northeast Division leading Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at the TD Banknorth Garden.  B's goaltender Tim Thomas – who leads the NHL in save percentage (.944) – has started the last five games and has compiled a 4-1-0 record. Thomas, who owns a 1.85 goals against average, good for third in the league, has conceded just six goals over that span. 


TOUGH ROAD AHEAD:  The Bruins next four opponents have a combined 33-10-7 record as of Friday, November 7.  After playing the 8-2-2 Sabres on Saturday, they will travel to Chicago to face the 6-3-3 Blackhawks on Wednesday, November 12, return to Boston to face the 8-1-1 Canadiens at home on Thursday, November 13 and travel to New York City to play the 11-4-1 Rangers on Saturday, November 15.

HOT WHEELS:  Blake Wheeler scored his first career hat trick on Thursday, November 6, the second hat trick of the season by a Bruin (Milan Lucic vs.Atlanta on Oct. 25th). The current season is the first campaign in which more than one Boston hat trick has been recorded since 2002-03 (Glen Murray vs.Calgary on Nov. 26, 2002; Marty McInnis vs. NY Islanders on Mar. 6, 2003; Martin Lapointe vs. New Jersey on Mar.13, 2003).  Wheeler is now tied for league lead in goals scored by a rookie with six.

CAST YOUR BALLOT:  Online voting for the NHL All-Star game begins on Wednesday, November 12.  Representing the Bruins on the ballot are Patrice Bergeron, Marc Savard and Zdeno Chara.  Voters also have the opportunity to write-in other players not on the ballot.

BRUINS UPCOMING GAME AND PRACTICE SCHEDULE (PLEASE CALL 617.624.1910 FOR THE LATEST UPDATES TO THE SCHEDULE):

Saturday, November 8 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET- 11:00 a.m. ET
The above practice is not open to the public.
-Game vs. Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, MSG-B, RADIO: WBZ 1030)

Sunday, November 9 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. ET- 12:30 p.m. ET

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

Tuesday, November 11 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m. ET- 11:45 a.m. ET
-Travel to Chicago, IL

Wednesday, November 12 (Chicago, IL)
-Pregame skate at United Center, 12:30 p.m. ET-1:00 p.m. ET
-Game at Chicago Blackhawks, 8:30 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RIS, CSN-CH, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
-Travel to Boston, MA

Thursday, November 13 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET- 11:00 a.m. ET
The above practice is not open to the public.
-Game vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, NHLN-CA, RDS, RADIO: WBZ 1030)

Friday, November 14 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. ET- 12:30 p.m. ET
-Travel to New York, NY

AROUND TOWN
WHAT:  Military Appreciation Night
-The Boston Bruins organization will be hosting 1200 soldiers and their families Saturday night for the Boston Bruins/Buffalo Sabres game.  Soldiers and their families will be participating in various experiences including Zamboni rides, bench assistant, and All-Access.
- Three Families attending the game will receive a surprise video message from their family member currently serving in Iraq.
- 50 Soldiers from each branch of the military and their families will be sitting in Aaron Ward's section.  Aaron Ward donated $15,000 for Military appreciation night, which went towards a total of 300 tickets.
WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 7:00 p.m. ET
WHERE: TD Banknorth Garden during Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres

THE BUZZ IS BACK:  On this week's episode of the Buzz, take a look at NHL #2 Star of The Week Tim Thomas' stingy puck stopping play, hear from Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, recap the action-packed 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars last Saturday and check out the first ever Bru Fest tailgate party, which was held in the Garden parking lot before the B's/Leafs game on Thursday. The Buzz airs Saturday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m. ET.

COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE…
Rookie Blake Wheeler's hat trick vs. Toronto on November 7 came in just his 13th NHL game. It was the quickest hat trick by a Bruins rookie since Craig Janney netted three in his fifth career game on March 12, 1988 against the Quebec Nordiques.

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.

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:
-Tim Thomas is first in the NHL with a .944 save percentage
-Thomas is third in the NHL in GAA with 1.85 (R. Miller BUF, 1.62; A. Auld OTT, 1.84)
-Thomas is tied for second in the NHL with 2 shutouts (R. Luongo VAN, 4)
-Marc Savard is tied for sixth in the NHL with 15 points (E. Malkin PIT, 21)
-Blake Wheeler leads all rookies in the NHL in goals with 6 (tied with M. Grabovski TOR) and is tied for third amongst all rookies in points with 8 (D. Brassard CBJ, 12) and third amongst all rookies in shooting percentage at 30 percent (F. Brunnstrom DAL, 35.7)

BRUINS REGULAR SEASON LEADERS:
Goals
1. P. Kessel    7
2. B. Wheeler   6
3. M. Savard    5

Assists
1. M. Savard    10
2. A. Ference   7
t3. D. Krejci   6
t3. M. Ryder    6
t3. M. Sturm    6

Points
1. M. Savard    15
t2. D. Krejci   9
t2. M. Sturm    9
t3. P. Bergeron 8
t3. P. Kessel   8
t3. M. Lucic    8
t3. M. Ryder    8
t3. B. Wheeler  8

Plus/Minus
t1. A. Ference  +8
t1. M. Sturm    +8
2. M. Ryder +7
3. M. Savard    +6

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic 32
2. M. Savard    26
3. S. Thornton  23

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