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Boston Bruins Week Ahead 12/28 - 1/4

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

After playing two road games in Carolina and Atlanta this weekend, the Bruins will kick off a five-game homestand beginning with a 1:00 matinee on New Year's Eve.  This is the second five-game homestand in the last month for the B's, as they played five consecutive at the TD Banknorth Garden from December 13 through December 22.  During the first stretch, the team posted a 1-3-1 record.   

RECENT FIVE-GAME HOMESTAND
DATE/OPPONENT/RESULT
12.13/ vs. NJ/ 1-3 L
12.15/ vs. CBJ/ 2-0 W
12.18/ vs. OTT/ 2-3 L
12.20/ vs. PIT/ 4-5 O
12.22/ vs. STL/ 1-4 L

UPCOMING FIVE-GAME HOMESTAND:
12.31/ vs. ATL/ 1:00 p.m. ET
1.3/ vs. WAS/ 7:00 p.m. ET
1.5/ vs. NJ/ 7:00 p.m. ET
1.8/ vs. CAR/ 7:00 p.m. ET
1.10/ vs. MTL/ 7:30 p.m. ET

ASSIST LEADERS
Bruins center Marc Savard has 31 assists on the season, which currently places him fourth in the league.

RANK/PLAYER/ASSISTS
1. J. Spezza/ 35
2. S. Crosby/ 34
3. P. Datsyuk/ 32
4. M. Savard/ 31

BETWEEN THE PIPES
As of December 28, goaltender Tim Thomas currently leads the league in save percentage (.932%).  He ranks seventh amongst NHL goaltenders in goals against (2.26 GAA) and has recorded 10 wins on the season.

ON TARGET
Bruins forward Chuck Kobasew ranks 11th in the league in shooting percentage with a 20.0% clip.  He has tallied a team-high 13 goals on 65 shots this season.

UPCOMING GAME AND PRACTICE SCHEDULE
PRACTICE SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Friday, December 28 (Raleigh, NC)
-    Game at Carolina Hurricanes, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
-    Travel to Atlanta
Saturday, December 29 (Atlanta, GA)
-    Pre-game skate at Philips Arena, 11:30 a.m. ET - 12:30 p.m. ET
-    Game at Atlanta Thrashers, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
-    Travel to Boston
Sunday, December 30 (Wilmington, MA)
-    Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 12:00 p.m. ET - 1:00 p.m. ET
Monday, December 31 (Boston, MA)
-    Ice available at TD Banknorth Garden, 9:00 a.m. ET - 10:00 a.m. ET
-    Game vs. Atlanta Thrashers, 1:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
Tuesday, January 1 (Wilmington, MA)
-    Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:00 a.m. ET - 11:15 a.m. ET
Wednesday, January 2 (Wilmington, MA)
-    Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. ET - 11:45 p.m. ET
Thursday, January 3 (Boston, MA)
-    Pre-game skate at TD Banknorth Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET - 11:00 a.m. ET
-    Game vs. Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
Friday, January 4 (Wilmington, MA)
-    Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m. ET- 12:45 p.m. ET

BRUINS POINTS LEADERS AS OF 12/28
RANK/PLAYER    GOALS/ASSISTS/POINTS
1. M. Savard        8/31/39
2. M. Sturm        11/12/23
3. Z. Chara        5/16/21

TEXT IN YOUR QUESTIONS
NESN encourages fans to text their questions on gamedays to NESN at 83733 to have them answered live by NESN analyst Andy Brickley during the game or by Bruins coaches and players during intermissions and postgame interviews.

AROUND TOWN
12.31.07:  The first 5,000 fans in attendance for the 1:00 p.m. matinee against Atlanta will receive a Glen Murray "Shooter" Poster.

12.31.07:  Blades will be making an appearance at the CITY OF CHAMPIONS IN ICE.  The event will be held on Monday, Dec. 31 from 12 noon until 1 PM at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The event is being hosted by the merchants at Faneuil Hall.

01.03.08 & 01.05.08: The Boston Bruins and Cradles to Crayons, are gearing up for winter and you can help! With over 400,000 children living in low-income or homeless situations this winter, the Boston Bruins and Cradles to Crayons are collecting new and slightly used coats and winter gear for those in need. On Thursday, January 3rd and Saturday, January 5th, the Bruins will collection donations at the turnstiles and the Boston Bruins Foundation table on the main concourse.

UPCOMING
1.06.08: On Sunday, January 6th the Boston Bruins Foundation will hold it's 18th Annual Boston Bruins Wives' Charity Carnival. The carnival, which is the city's longest running sports charity event, will benefit Cradles to Crayons this year. The day will feature autograph opportunities, games, and fun for all ages in support of a great charity! For tickets, please visit the TD Banknorth Garden box office, ticketmaster.com, or call 617-931-2000.

The Boston Bruins have partnered with Village Automotive Group for their Keys to Success program. The program aims to provide high school administrators with the tools to motivate students to achieve academic success. Students have the chance to qualify for various prizes by exemplifying achievement of success in areas such as grade point average, improved attendance, tutoring, and volunteer work.  The grand prize is a car courtesy of Village Automotive Group, The Bruins have partnered with the program to provide incentives and to be involved with in-school rallies and events.

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