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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 2/7 - 2/13

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

SATURDAY MEDIA AVAILABILITY: The Boston Bruins will not hold a morning skate tomorrow morning (2/7). Select players will be available to the media outside the Bruins locker room at 4:30 p.m. Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media at 5:50 p.m. outside the Bruins locker room. The B’s media availability for Sunday will be confirmed following the Bruins vs. Islanders game.

BOSTON BRUINS PJ DRIVE IN-GAME COLLECTION: The Boston Bruins are teaming up with Cradles to Crayons to host an in-game PJ collection drive at TD Garden on Saturday, February 7 during their game against the New York Islanders. This event will kick off the 8th Annual “PJ Drive” to benefit Massachusetts’ underprivileged youth. The PJ Drive provides new pajamas to children in need across Massachusetts. Fans that donate $10 or a new, unused pair of pajamas will be entered into a drawing for great Bruins prizes. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

SUITES AVAILABLE FOR BRUINS VS. CANADIENS & MORE: Limited suite rentals are available now for upcoming games, including match-ups against the Canadiens on February 8, Flyers on March 7, Red Wings on March 8 and more. Suites accommodate 18 to 60 fans and feature a living room area, private restroom and many other great amenities. To book your suite now visit BostonBruins.com/SuiteRental or call 617.624.1VIP (1847).

LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE: Limited tickets are available this weekend’s back-to-back set against the New York Islanders on Saturday, February 7 and the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, February 8. For tickets and more information please visit www.bostonbruins.com/tickets.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE: NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Guerin Austin will be covering the Bruins upcoming games vs. New York Islanders (2/7), vs. Dallas (2/10) and at Vancouver (2/13). Sunday’s game vs. Montreal (2/8) will be covered by NBC Sports Network. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. To see a preview of the Black & Gold’s upcoming opponents with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Bob Beers, head to BostonBruins.com.

2/7 vs. New York Islanders, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

2/8 vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. – NBC Sports Network, 98.5 The Sports Hub

2/10 vs. Dallas Stars, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

2/13 at Vancouver Canucks, 10:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

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 10 - Thursday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m.

Episode 11 - Monday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.

Episode 12 - Sunday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m. immediately following Bruins-Hurricanes postgame coverage

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 one third of the 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:

1/31 vs. Los Angeles Kings: 03402603 (Total: $19,750, Beneficiary: Shriners Hospital)

1/17 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: 04901220 (Total: $16,000, Beneficiary: Positive Coaching Alliance)

1/15 vs. New York Rangers: 03001731 (Total was $12,175, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation)

1/13 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: 03001725 (Total was $12,800, Beneficiary: Heart Health Association)

1/8 vs. New Jersey Devils: 03011259 (Total was $9,650, 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.

AROUND TOWN…

BOSTON BRUINS PJ DRIVE IN-GAME COLLECTION

WHAT: The Boston Bruins are teaming up with Cradles to Crayons to host an in-game PJ collection drive at the TD Garden on Saturday, February 7 during their game against the New York Islanders. This event will kick off the 8th Annual “PJ Drive” to benefit Massachusetts’ underprivileged youth. The PJ Drive provides new pajamas to children in need across Massachusetts. Fans that donate $10 or a new, unused pair of pajamas will be entered into a drawing for great Bruins prizes.

WHEN: Saturday, February 7, during the Bruins vs. Islanders game

WHERE: 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA

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 Chief Executive Officer 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.

STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

ROAD WARRIORS: The Bruins will embark on their longest road trip of the 2014-15 season that will span 11 days (February 12 – 22) and see the B’s take on five different opponents, traveling 11,304 miles, beginning with the Canucks in Vancouver on Friday, February 13. The Bruins will then travel to Calgary (2/16), Edmonton (2/18) and St. Louis (2/20) and Chicago (2/22) before returning to Boston. In total the Bruins will have spent about 960 minutes inside of an aircraft during their travels.

CONSISTENCY: Boston has outscored their opponents by a 43-27 margin over their last 15 games, and have 18.9% power play proficiency (7-for-37) and 92.2% penalty killing efficiency (47-for-51) in that span. They also have taken points out of 15 of their last 18 matchups.

RASK BEING RASK: The NHL announced on February 2, that Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has been named Third Star of the Month for the month of January. Rask only had one regulation loss in the month of January, going 7-1-3, including a shutout performance against the New York Rangers on January 15 where the netminder stopped all 30 shots he saw. Rask appeared in 11 games in January, allowing 18 goals, giving him a 1.64 goals against average. In total, the 27-year-old Finnish netminder made 336 saves on 354 shots last month for a .949 save percentage. Rask held opponents to two goals or less in nine of 11 games played in the month of January.

240 AND COUNTING: Following Saturday’s home game against the Los Angeles Kings, the Boston Bruins have sold out 240 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).

UPCOMING GAMES…

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW): The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa increases his lead in the Tweet of the Week standings with his expectations of how team’s will use Boston’s heavy snowfall of late to their advantage:

@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Lots of banging through 40. Expect both teams to hit the snowbanks postgame. Better than ice bags.

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:

@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog): Wanted to ask Subban today what it would like to play Sunday against Markov but @ESPNJoeyMac ruined it by asking real questions.

@MLoftus (Mike Loftus, Patriot Ledger): No center-ice stretch leader as #NHLBruins wrap up formal drills. Just a puck at the faceoff dot. What could it all mean?

2014-15 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD

@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe) Week 8, Week 10, Week 12, Week 15, Week 20, Week 21

@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN) Week 1, Week 14, Week 16

@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog) Week 2, Week 4, Week 11

@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com) Week 3, Week 13

@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com) Week 7, Week 9

@DanCagen (Dan Cagen, MetroWest Daily News) Week 19

@kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal) Week 18

@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com) Week 17

@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, February 7 (Boston, MA)

-No morning skate, no morning media availability

-Select Bruins will be available to the media outside the Bruins Locker Room at 4:30 p.m.

-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to media at 5:50 p.m.

-Home Game vs. New York Islanders, 7:00 p.m. local

-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, February 8 (Boston, MA)

-Sunday’s availability will be confirmed following the Bruins/Islanders game

-Home Game vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. local

-TV Broadcast: NBCSN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Monday, February 9 (Boston, MA)

-Practice at TD Garden, 11:30 a.m. local

-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after practice

-Players will be available to the media after Coach Julien

Tuesday, February 10 (Boston, MA)

-Pregame skate at TD Garden,10:30 a.m. local

-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. Dallas Stars, 7:00 p.m.

-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Wednesday, February 11

-TBD

Thursday, February 12 (Vancouver, BC)

-Travel to Vancouver, BC

-Practice at UBC (Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, (6066 Thunderbird Boulevard, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3) at 2:00 p.m. local

-Head Coach Claude Julien available to the media after practice

-Players available to the media after Julien

Friday, February 13 (Vancouver, BC / Calgary, AB)

-Pregame skate at Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1, Canada),11:30 a.m. local

-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 Vancouver Canucks, 7:00 p.m. local (10:00 p.m. ET)

-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

-Travel to Calgary, AB

2014-15 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals

1. B. Marchand, 15

2. P. Bergeron, 13

T3. L. Eriksson, 11

T3. M. Lucic, 11

T5. T. Krug, 10

T5. R. Smith, 10

T5. C. Soderberg, 10

Assists

1. C. Soderberg, 22

2. P. Bergeron, 21

T3. L. Eriksson, 19

T3. D. Hamilton, 19

T3. D. Krejci, 19

Points

1. P. Bergeron, 34

2. C. Soderberg, 32

3. L. Eriksson, 30

4. M. Lucic, 29

T5. D. Hamilton, 27

T5. B. Marchand, 27

T5. R. Smith, 27

Plus/Minus

1. K. Miller, 16

2. B. Marchand, 12

3. M. Lucic, 10

T4. D. Krejci, 9

T4. T. Krug, 9

T4. C. Soderberg, 9

Penalty Minutes

1. M. Lucic, 71

2. B. Marchand, 64

3. A. McQuiad, 57

4. P. Bergeron, 34

T4. G. Campbell, 32

T4. Z. Chara, 32

T4. C. Kelly, 32

NHL Honors:

-Patrice Bergeron selected to the 2015 NHL All-Star game.

-Tuukka Rask named The Third Star of the Month for the month of January.

NHL Leaders:

-Patrice Bergeron ranks second in the league in faceoff wins with 670 and second in faceoff percentage with 59.3%.

-Loui Eriksson and Dougie Hamilton are tied for second in the league in overtime points with three.

-Dougie Hamilton is tied for fifth in the NHL in PPG among NHL defensemen with four.

-Zdeno Chara is tied for first in the league in shorthanded assists with three.

-Milan Lucic ranks 13th in the league in hits with 156.

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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