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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 12/20 - 12/27

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


BRUINS TO POSTPONE HOLIDAY TOY DELIVERY: After consultation with local hospitals and medical professionals, the Bruins have postponed their annual toy delivery to local hospitals due to the mumps diagnoses to various NHL players. While there are no known diagnoses of the mumps to Bruins players, and the organization has worked with their medical staff to take every precaution necessary, the team feels that it is best to err on the side of caution and not risk exposure to any pediatric patients.

In continuing the Bruins players' annual holiday tradition, over $17,000 worth of toys purchased on behalf the players by the Bruins' wives, girlfriends and B's alumni earlier this week at Target in Everett, MA will still be distributed to the local hospitals on Monday, courtesy of Gentle Giant. The Bruins will work with the local hospitals to reschedule the player visits after the Holiday Season.

NEW YEARS EVE RAFFLE: Earlier this week the Boston Bruins Foundation launched a raffle for one lucky winner to receive four (4) luxury suite tickets to watch the Boston Bruins faceoff against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the New Year's Eve game on December 31. Winner will be chosen on Tuesday, December 30th at 4:00 PM. To purchase your raffle tickets visit http://www.nhlalumniraffles.org/teams.aspx?id=101.

TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION DRIVE:  The Boston Bruins will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marines Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” program at the following Bruins home games in December: Sunday, December 21 vs. Buffalo Sabres; and Tuesday, December 23 vs. Nashville Predators.  Representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be on hand at the East and West turnstiles of TD Garden to collect toys and monetary donations. All toys will be distributed to less fortunate children in the community during the holidays. All monetary donations will be used to purchase additional toys.  For every toy donation or $10 donation, fans will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing for Bruins autographed memorabilia including a team-autographed jersey, team-autographed stick, and a player-autographed puck & photo. To learn more visit http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=58875.

UPCOMING OPPONENT PREVIEW: The Bruins will squeeze in a two-game home stand before the Holiday Break beginning with Sunday’s (12/21) game vs. the Buffalo Sabres and Tuesday’s (12/23) matchup against the Nashville Predators.  To check out a video preview of the upcoming matchups with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Bob Beers, watch the Week Ahead Preview on BostonBruins.com.

PROSHOP POWERED BY REEBOK: The all-new ProShop powered by Reebok, located on level 2 of TD Garden, is your one-stop shop this holiday season for all of the sports fans in your life. The ProShop is the most authentic place to find the largest selection of officially licensed Bruins and Celtics apparel including jerseys, t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, jackets and much more! Free parking is available with a ProShop purchase during non-event times in the North Station garage located directly below TD Garden.  For more information and holiday hours for the all-new ProShop powered by Reebok, visit http://tdgardenapps.com/proshop/index.html.

SEND YOUR FAVORITE BRUINS TO THE 2015 HONDA NHL® ALL-STAR GAME: Vote for your favorite Bruins players and you could see them take the ice at the 2015 Honda NHL® All-Star Game on Sunday January 25 in Columbus, Ohio. Each ballot you submit will earn you a chance to win a trip to the 2015 NHL® All-Star Weekend. Vote up to 10 times a day now through January 1, 2015! To vote visit www.NHL.com/VoteBruins.

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 December 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:  Give your friends and family the gift of Bruins hockey this holiday season with a 3-Game Plan. Don’t miss your chance to secure your plan and catch this season’s must-see match-ups, including games against the Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars and more! To purchase your 3-Game Plan visit http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=92764.

HOLIDAY SUITE RENTALS: Bring some cheer to your holiday party this season when you host it at a Bruins or Celtics 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 or call 617.624.1VIP(1847).

7TH ANNUAL BOSTON BRUINS HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT: Sign up your Squirt or Mite hockey team to participate in the 7th Annual B's Holiday Tournament at the Haverhill Valley Forum in Haverhill, MA, which will take place from December 26 to 29. During the tournament, each team will get to play at least three games, have the chance to win signed Bruins items, and receive a Boston Bruins gift bag & tournament t-shirt. For more information visit http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=57688.

LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE: Limited tickets are available for Sunday’s (12/21) matchup against the Buffalo Sabres and Tuesday’s rematch with Nashville (12/23) at TD Garden. For tickets please visit www.bostonbruins.com/tickets.

2015 PUCKS & PUPS CALENDAR: On Friday, November 28, the Boston Bruins Foundation launched their 2015 Pucks and Pups Calendar presented by The Black Dog featuring Bruins players photographed with their pets or with adoptable dogs from the MSPCA-Angell. Due to the generosity of our presenting sponsor, The Black Dog, all proceeds from the calendar will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and donations will be made to the MSPCA and NEADS. The Pucks & Pups calendar is available at the ProShop powered by Reebok, all retail locations within TD Garden, the Bruins Foundation table on the arena concourse during Bruins home games, and online at www.bostonbruins.com/pucksandpups. This is the second year of the Pucks & Pups calendar; last year the calendar raised over $120,000 with a portion donated directly to the MSPCA’s adoption services program to care for homeless animals awaiting adoption.

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 6 - Friday, December 19 at 6:30 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 five winning 50/50 numbers:
12/13 vs. the Ottawa Senators: 06601033 (Total: $14,065, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation)
12/11 vs. the Chicago Blackhawks: 03001576 (Total: $10,265, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation)
11/28 vs. the Winnipeg Jets: 06602299 (Total: $19,100, Beneficiary: Salvation Army)
11/24 vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins: 04703278 (Total: $14,590, Beneficiary: Dana-Farber Institute)
11/22 vs. the Montreal Canadiens: 03201163 (Total: $21,500, 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. and Bruins President Cam Neely will also be a guest with Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti  (Felger and Mazz) on their show, which airs weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.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.

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.

AROUND TOWN…

TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTION DRIVE
WHAT: The Boston Bruins will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for the US Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” program during Bruins home games leading up to Christmas.  Each of the collections will be held at the TD Garden entrance turnstiles and at Community Corner located in Loge 4.  For every $10 donation or toy donation, fans will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing for Bruins autographed memorabilia including a team-autographed stick, player-autographed photo, and player-autographed puck.
WHEN: During Bruins Home games on Sunday, December 21 vs. Buffalo Sabres and Tuesday, December 23 vs. Nashville Predators
WHERE: TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA

STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

ERIKSSON'S OT WINNER: Loui Eriksson notched his seventh career OT goal in Wednesday's 3-2 win over Minnesota, which was his first since joining Boston for the 2013-14 season. All seven of those goals have come since the start of the 2008-09 season and per Elias, only Washington's Alex Ovechkin (10) and Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos (eight) have posted more overtime goals during that span.

SVEDDY STEADY IN OVERTIME: In Niklas Svedberg's NHL career, four of his five career wins have come in overtime, including three of his four wins this season.

BERGY LEADING: Five of Patrice Bergeron’s six goals this season have given the Bruins a lead in a game.  Bergeron enters the weekend leading the Bruins in points with 22 (six goals and 16 assists).

POWER OUTAGE: The Bruins have had two or fewer power play opportunities in 17 games this season, including in 11 of their last 14 contests. Their 74 opportunities overall are the fewest in the NHL (11 less than Washington’s 85).

UPCOMING GAMES…

UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Guerin Austin will be covering the Bruins upcoming games vs. Buffalo (12/21), Nashville (12/23) and Columbus (12/27). The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

12/21 vs. Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
12/23 vs. Nashville Predators, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
12/27 vs. Columbus Blue jackets, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

230 AND COUNTING: Following Saturday’s home game against the Ottawa Senators, the Boston Bruins have sold out 230 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 second TOTW win of the season, Jack Edwards pokes fun at an old cliché.

@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN): Some see the glass as half full. Some see it as half-empty. We ask, "You gonna drink that or NOT?" OT. Again.

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com): Trying to beat Rinne without Krejci. Sounds like Bruins have makings of an old-school country song.
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog), More like #HamiltonHasToLetItGo, right?! (I still haven't seen the movie and don't get the reference)

2014-15 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 8, Week 10, Week 12
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog), Week 2, Week 4, Week 11
@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 1, Week 14
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com), Week 3, Week 13
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 7, Week 9,
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe), Week 6
@GlobeEricWilbur (Eric Wilbur, Boston Globe), Week 5
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.

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, December 20 (Winnipeg, MB/Boston, MA)
-Travel to Boston, MA
-No practice, no media availability

Sunday, December 21 (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. Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Monday, December 22 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after practice
-Players available to the media after Coach Julien

Tuesday, December 23 (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. Nashville Predators, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Wednesday, December 24
- NHL Holiday Break, no practice, no media availability

Thursday, December 25
- NHL Holiday Break, no practice, no media availability

Friday, December 26
- NHL Holiday Break, no practice, no media availability

Saturday, December 27 (Boston, MA / Columbus, OH / Boston, MA)
-Travel to Columbus, OH
-Pregame practice schedule and media availability TBD
-Away Game vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

2014-15 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
T1. B. Marchand, 8
T1. R. Smith, 8
T3. P. Bergeron, 6
T3. L. Eriksson, 6
T3. M. Lucic, 6
T3. C. Soderberg, 6

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 16
2. C. Soderberg, 15
3. D. Hamilton, 12
T4. L. Eriksson, 11
T4. B. Marchand, 11

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 22
2. C. Soderberg, 21
3. B. Marchand, 19
T4. L. Eriksson, 17
T4. D. Hamilton, 17

Plus/Minus
1. B. Marchand, 8
2. K. Miller, 7
T3. L. Eriksson, 6
T3. C. Soderberg, 6
5. M. Lucic, 4

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic, 60
2. B. Marchand, 36
3. P. Bergeron, 26
4. G. Campbell, 23
5. D. Seidenberg, 20

NHL Leaders
-Patrice Bergeron ranks second in the league in Face-off wins with 421 and fourth in face-off percentage with 57.8%
-Milan Lucic ranks sixth in the league in hits with 101
-Niklas Svedberg ranks seventh in the league in goals against average with 2.24 and ninth in save percentage with .925

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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