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Bruins Week Ahead: 1.21 - 1.28

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

JANUARY 21 – JANUARY 28

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS...

B’S HEAD WEST FOR TWO-GAME ROAD TRIP: Coming off a 4-2 loss to division rival Buffalo on Thursday, the Bruins will head to Denver for a Saturday afternoon tilt with the Avalanche (3:00 p.m. ET, TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). The Bruins fell to the Avs in their lone meeting last season, 4-3 on Columbus Day.

Following the game in the Mile High City, the Bruins will continue west to Los Angeles for a Monday night game against the Kings (10:30 p.m. ET, TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). The Kings defeated the Bruins in a shootout last season, 4-3 in L.A.

READY FOR RALEIGH: The NHL All-Star Break will begin Thursday, January 27. While most of the team will have a few days off, Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas were named to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game and rookie Tyler Seguin has been selected as one of 12 NHL rookies to participate in the Honda SuperSkills competition. The All-Star festivities will take place Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30 in Raleigh, NC.

Thomas leads all goaltenders in goals against average (1.83), save percentage (.945) and is tied for the league lead in shutouts with 7.

Rookie defenseman Steven Kampfer was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star squad in the American Hockey League. Kampfer had three goals, 13 assists and a team-high +10 rating in 20 games for the P-Bruins this season. He is the lone Bruins prospect selected for the AHL All-Star game.

FINE 15: The Bruins are 9-3-3 in their last 15 games and have outscored their opponents 55-39 in those contests. Here’s a look at some of the top performers during this stretch:

Patrice Bergeron leads all skaters with 17 points on nine goals, eight assists
Zdeno Chara leads defenseman in goals with six and also has six assists
Dennis Seidenberg leads defensemen in scoring with 12 points on three goals and nine assists
Michael Ryder has five goals and four assists
Gregory Campbell has three goals and six assists.
Brad Marchand contributed six goals and two assists
Tim Thomas is 7-0-3 during this stretch. His last regulation loss came on December 20 against Anaheim and his last road loss came on December 16 in Montreal.

CHARA TO LEAD 4TH ANNUAL PJ DRIVE: Beginning Tuesday, February 1, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, Cradles to Crayons, and BJ's Wholesale Club are teaming up to host the Fourth Annual PJ Drive for Massachusetts' children in need. Throughout the month of February, Bruins fans, families, schools and corporations are encouraged to donate new, unused pajamas for underprivileged children statewide. For more information, visit bostonbruins.com.

BRUINS FOUNDATION TO HOST CASINO NIGHT ON 2/20: The Boston Bruins Foundation will host the first "Boston Bruins Casino Night" presented by TD Bank on Sunday, February 20 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at The Westin Copley Hotel (10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116). Bruins fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to play Craps, Double Roulette, Blackjack, Texas Hold 'Em, and Wheel of Fortune. For more information visit bostonbruins.com

53 AND COUNTING… After Thursday’s capacity crowd at the Garden, the Bruins have now sold out 53 straight games (regular season and postseason, does not include Winter Classic at Fenway or 2010 Premiere Game in Prague). The Bruins sold out every regular and postseason game during the 2010 calendar year, the first time the organization has done so since the 1972 calendar year.

2ND NEELY SK8 ANNOUNCED: Beginning the weekend of February 4 and continuing throughout the month, the Boston Bruins Foundation and The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care are hosting the second annual "Neely SK8 Challenge" skate-a-thon presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance. The Neely SK8 Challenge helps raise funds for children and their families who are battling cancer. 

Bruins fans of all ages can register to skate at one of the five FMC participating rinks.  Each skate date will be a private Neely SK8 event. Skaters can create a personalized fundraising page for family and friends to make a pledge and follow participants’ fundraising progress by visiting www.neelysk8.com. Last year, skaters raised more than $130,000.

BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT: The Bruins Communications Staff has created the Boston Bruins Prospect Report, which will be emailed out every two weeks. The Report will contain updated statistical information, news and notes on all players in the Bruins system, as well as a “Prospect Spotlight” section that will highlight two players in a feature article format. The latest report was sent on January 15 and featured P-Bruins center Zach Hamill and BU defenseman David Warsofsky.

MEDIA INFO: Media and fans can call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice and game schedule.

Follow the Bruins on Twitter @NHLBruins
Become a Fan of the Bruins on Facebook: www.facebook.com/NHLBruins

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK: WEEI.com’s D.J. Bean during the Bruins/Sabres game on Thursday: @DJBean “Must say, Thornton getting the assist really kills one of my favorite storylines to this season in the Thornton/Thomas assist race”

AROUND TOWN:

WHAT: FANEUIL HALL ICE RINK GRAND OPENING
The Bruins mascot, Blades, and Bruins Ice Girls Niki and Kasey will be on site to skate with Bruins fans as Faneuil Hall officially opens its outdoor skating rink. Bruins fans are invited to skate, take photos and enter the Bruins raffle.
WHEN: Saturday, January 22 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: 1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA 02109
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot, Blades, and Bruins Ice Girls, Niki and Kasey

WHAT: SKATE WITH THE ICE GIRLS
The Boston Bruins Ice Girls will hold their “Skate with the Ice Girls” free open skate program on Sunday, January 23, 2011. Bruins Ice Girls will be skating with kids of all ages, taking pictures and signing autographs. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to win player-autographed memorabilia.
WHEN: Sunday, January 23 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Simoni Ice Rink, 155 Gore St., Cambridge, MA 02141
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: WILLIE O’REE “HOCKEY IS FOR EVERYONE” EQUIPMENT DROP-OFF
Willie O'Ree, the first black person to play in the NHL and former Boston Bruin, will be dropping off street hockey equipment at the Community Charter School of Cambridge on Wednesday, January 26 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. As the NHL’s current Director of Youth Development ambassador for the Hockey is for Everyone initiative, O’Ree will be speaking to 50 of the charter school’s students and then answering their questions.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 26 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Community Charter School Of Cambridge, 245 Bent St., Cambridge, MA 02141
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Willie O’Ree

WHAT: WILLIE O’REE “HOCKEY IS FOR EVERYONE” YOUTH HOCKEY CLINIC
Willie O'Ree, the first black person to play in the NHL and former Boston Bruin will be partnering with the Special Olympics to host a one hour hockey clinic and scrimmage on Wednesday, January 26 at 5:00 p.m. O’Ree will host the practice for the Olympians and will then take part in a ceremonial puck drop.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 26 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
WHERE: Winn Brook School, 978 Waterhouse St., Belmont, MA 02478
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Willie O’Ree

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Schedule is subject to change.
-ALL TIMES ARE LOCAL

Saturday, January 22 (Denver, CO/Los Angeles, CA)
-No Morning Skate scheduled
-Players available on request basis beginning at approximately 10:45 a.m.
-Claude Julien available at 11:50 a.m.
-Boston Bruins vs. Colorado Avalanche, Pepsi Center, 1:00 p.m. (1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, CO 80204)
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, January 23 (Los Angeles, CA)
-Practice, Toyota Sports Center, 2:45 p.m.

Monday, January 24 (Los Angeles, CA)
-Morning Skate, Staples Center, 11:30 a.m.
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
-Boston Bruins vs. Los Angeles Kings, Staples Center, 7:30 p.m. (1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015)
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Tuesday, January 25 (Los Angeles, CA/Boston, MA)
-Travel to Boston, MA

Wednesday, January 26 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Thursday, January 27
-NHL All-Star Break (no Bruins practice scheduled)

Friday, January 28
-NHL All-Star Break (no Bruins practice scheduled)

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:
“THE AT&T HOCKEY SHOW”: The Hockey Show is back for year two on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Listen in every Wednesday (excluding gamedays) from 6-7 p.m. as host Damon Amendolara and the B’s radio team of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers take calls from fans, interview players and talk all things Bruins.

WEEKLY RADIO SPOTS:
Tune in to the following local stations for weekly segments with Bruins personnel:

Tuesdays
101.7 WFNX
9:10 a.m. Mark Stuart with “The FNX Breakfast Show”

98.5 The Sports Hub
4:20 p.m. Cam Neely with “Felger and Massarotti”

Wednesdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Peter Chiarelli with “Toucher and Rich”

100.7 FM WZLX
8:25 a.m. Marc Savard with “Karlson and McKenzie”

98.5 The Sports Hub
Patrice Bergeron with “Gresh and Zolak” (rotating times between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Thursdays
98.5 The Sports Hub
8:20 a.m. Shawn Thornton with “Toucher and Rich”

107.3 FM WAAF
8:30 a.m. Cam Neely with “The Hill-Man Morning Show”

Fridays
107.7 FM The Pulse (New Hampshire)
4:30 p.m. Johnny Boychuk on “New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath”

2010-11 Bruins “Stars”
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending October 31
Tim Thomas, Second Star of the Month, October
Patrice Bergeron, Second Star of the Week, Week ending January 15
Tim Thomas, NHL All-Star
Zdeno Chara, NHL All-Star
Tyler Seguin, One of 12 NHL rookies selected to participate in All-Star festivities

BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, January 21)

Goals
1. M. Lucic, 17
2. P. Bergeron, 15
3. M. Ryder, 14
4. N. Horton, 12
T5. Chara, Wheeler, Marchand tied with 10

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 23
2. P. Bergeron, 21
3. M. Recchi, 20
4. D. Seidenberg, 18
5. N. Horton, 16

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 36
T2. M. Lucic, 30
T2. D. Krejci, 30
4. M. Recchi, 29
T5. M. Ryder, 28
T5. N. Horton, 28

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, +19
T2. P. Bergeron, +18
T2. A. Ference, +18
4. B. Marchand, +17
5. N. Horton, +15

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 74
2. A. McQuaid, 64
3. M. Lucic, 60
4. G. Campbell, 49
5. Z. Chara, 47
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