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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 12/27 - 1/2

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

December 27 – January 2

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

BRUINS THIRD ANNUAL NOON YEAR’S EVE PARTY PRES. BY FREIHOFER’S:  The Bruins will host the third Annual Noon Years Eve Party at Floating Hospital for Children on Wednesday, December 31st from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.  The Bruins Ice Girls and mascot Blades will host the party in the hospital’s playroom with pediatric in-patients and out patients.  Representatives from Freihofer’s will be on hand to give out some sweet treats to the kids.  The party will feature crafts, a face painter, games, and festive accessories.  At 11:58 a.m., the Noon Year count down will start.  At noon, the ball will drop, Auld Lang Syne will play and the party will toast to the Noon Year (ginger ale will be distributed in plastic champagne flutes).  For more information, please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

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.

UPCOMING OPPONENT PREVIEW: The Bruins return to action following the NHL holiday break with a matchup in Columbus against the Blue Jackets on Saturday (12/27).  The Black & Gold will then host the Detroit Red Wings on December 29 and the Toronto Maple Leafs on New Years Eve (12/31) at TD Garden.  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 Monday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings (12/29) and Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs (12/31) 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 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:
12/23 vs. Nashville Predators: 01201465 (Total: $10,390, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation
12/21 vs. Buffalo Sabres: 3003497 (Total: $11,395, Beneficiary: Partners for Youth with Disabilities)
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)

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…

BRUINS THIRD ANNUAL NOON YEAR’S EVE PARTY PRES. BY FREIHOFER’S:
WHAT: The Bruins will host the third Annual Noon Years Eve Party at Floating Hospital for Children on Wednesday, December 31st from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.  The Bruins Ice Girls and Blades will host the party in the hospital’s playroom with pediatric in-patients and out patients.  Representatives from Freihofer’s will be on hand to give out some sweet treats to the kids.  The party will feature crafts, a face painter, games, and festive accessories.  At 11:58 a.m., the Noon Year count down will start.  At noon, the ball will drop, Auld Lang Syne will play and the party will toast to the Noon Year (ginger ale will be distributed in plastic champagne flutes).  For more information, please see the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
WHEN: Wednesday, December 31st from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center (800 Washington Street, Boston, MA  02111)

STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

CHRIS KELLY CRUISING: Entering Saturday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, forward Chris Kelly rides a five-game point streak (1-5=6 totals), which ties his career best point-streak.

POINT STREAK VS PREDS: The Bruins had their point streak vs. the Predators extended to 6-0-3 with Tuesday’s 5-3 win at TD Garden. It is the ninth time in the last ten games between these teams in which the home team won.

POWER SURGE: The Bruins had four power play opportunities in their last game on 12/23 vs. the Nashville Predators. That was their most opportunities in 20 games since they went 2-4 against the Edmonton Oilers on 11/8 and they have now scored power play goals in consecutive games for the first time since 11/6- 11/10 and for just the third time overall this season

UPCOMING GAMES…

UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Guerin Austin will be covering the Bruins upcoming games at Columbus (12/27), vs. Detroit (12/29) and vs. Toronto (12/31). The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

12/27 at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
12/29 vs. Detroit Red Wings, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
12/31 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

232 AND COUNTING: Following Tuesday’s home game against the Nashville Predators, the Boston Bruins have sold out 232 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than five 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 fourth TOTW win of the season, Fluto Shinzawa comments on Tuukka Rask’s making a few critical saves:

@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Forget about rabbit's foot. The entire animal is in Rask's pants if the Bruins survive this.

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe)   So if the Bruins play all overtime games, Loui Eriksson will score all the goals, right?
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com) Not surprisingly, Brad Marchand (hat trick 12/23/11, two tonight) said there need to be more Dec. 23 games.
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPNBoston.com) Julien is smiling on the inside for another Bruins PP.

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 27 (Boston, MA/Columbus, OH)
-Travel to Columbus, OH
-Pregame skate at Nationwide Arena (200 West Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43215), 11:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after session
-Players will be available to the media after Coach Julien
-Away Game at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

Sunday, November 28 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at TD Garden, 11:00 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after practice
-Players available to the media after Coach Julien

Monday, December 29 (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
-Home Game vs. Detroit Red Wings, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Tuesday, December 30 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at TD Garden, 11:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after practice
-Players available to the media after Coach Julien

Wednesday, December 31 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame schedule and media availability TBD
-Home Game vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Thursday, January 1
-TBD

Friday, January 2 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Players available to media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien available to media after players

2014-15 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
1. B. Marchand, 10
2. L. Eriksson, 9
3. R. Smith, 8
4. D. Hamilton, 7
T5. P. Bergeron, 6
T5. T. Krug, 6
T5. M. Lucic, 6
T5. C. Soderberg, 6

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 20
2. C. Soderberg, 17
3. D. Hamilton, 13
4. L. Eriksson, 12
T5. C. Kelly, 11
T5. M. Lucic, 11
T5. B. Marchand, 11

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 26
2. C. Soderberg, 23
T3. L. Eriksson, 21
T3. B. Marchand, 21
5. D. Hamilton, 20

Plus/Minus
1. B. Marchand, 9
2. L. Eriksson, 8
T3. K. Miller, 7
T3. C. Soderberg, 7
T5. P. Bergeron, 5
T5. C. Kelly, 5

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic, 62
2. B. Marchand, 38
3. P. Bergeron, 26
4. M. Bartkowski, 24
5. G. Campbell, 23

NHL Leaders
-Patrice Bergeron ranks second in the league in faceoff wins with 466 and third in faceoff percentage with 58.3%
-Milan Lucic ranks 10th in the league in hits with 105
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