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Bruins Week Ahead: 1/3 - 1/9

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

I.C.E. SCHOOL VISIT AT THE THOMAS CARROLL SCHOOL: In support of the Bruins I.C.E. (I Can Excel) School program, a current member of the Boston Bruins roster will visit the Thomas Carroll School in Peabody, MA on Monday, January 5 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to teach a lesson plan from the program curriculum. The Boston Bruins I.C.E. School program, presented by AT&T, serves to provide Kindergarten through 8th grade teachers with supplemental curriculum materials incorporating the sport of hockey and the Bruins into lesson plans that align with the common core standards.  The player will read a story to the kids, assist with teaching an I.C.E. School lesson, participate in a Q & A and pose for photos and sign autographs for the kids.  For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

B’S TO VISIT BROOKLINE YOUTH HOCKEY:
On Monday, January 5, a Bruins player will visit Brookline Youth hockey from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at Larz Anderson outdoor arena (25 Newton Street, Brookline, MA 02446) where he will assist with practice, interact with the players, and sign autographs following the session. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS PLAYOFF GAME RAFFLE: Purchase raffle tickets for a chance for you and three guests to take in exciting New England Patriots action as they battle an opponent to be determined at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, January 10th in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game. This package will include four tickets (Club Section 33, Row 20, Seats 1-4).  Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.  Raffle tickets can be purchased at www.bruinsraffles.org.

UPCOMING OPPONENT PREVIEW: The Bruins will begin a busy January with a set of back-to-back-matinee games against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden on Saturday, January 3 and the Carolina Hurricanes on January 4 in Raleigh, NC.  The B’s will then partake in another set of back-to-backs against the Penguins in Pittsburgh on January 7, followed by a home game against the New Jersey Devils on January 8.  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 coming soon.

LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE: Limited tickets are available for Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators (1/3) and Thursday’s game against the New Jersey Devils (1/8) at TD Garden. For tickets please visit www.bostonbruins.com/tickets.

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:
12/31 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: 00701769 (Total: $20,460, Beneficiary: Northeast Passage)
12/29 vs. Detroit Red Wings: 00401855 (Total: $16,300, Beneficiary: Junior Achievement of New England)
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)

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…

I.C.E. SCHOOL VISIT AT THE THOMAS CARROLL SCHOOL
WHAT: In support of the Bruins I.C.E. School program, a current member of the Boston Bruins roster will visit the Thomas Carroll School in Peabody, MA from 1:30 to 2:30 PM to teach a lesson plan from the program curriculum.  The Boston Bruins I.C.E. (I Can Excel) School program, presented by AT&T, serves to provide Kindergarten through 8th grade teachers with supplemental curriculum materials incorporating the sport of hockey and the Bruins into lesson plans that align with the common core standards.  The player will read a story to the kids, assist with teaching an I.C.E. School lesson, participate in a Q&A and pose for photos and sign autographs for the kids.
WHEN: Monday, January 5, 2015 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Thomas Carroll School, 60 Northend Street, Peabody, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Current Boston Bruins Player

B’S TO VISIT BROOKLINE YOUTH HOCKEY
WHAT: On Monday, January 5, a Bruins player will visit Brookline Youth hockey from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at Larz Anderson outdoor arena (25 Newton Street, Brookline, MA 02446) where he will assist with practice, interact with the players, and sign autographs following the session. For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.
WHEN: Monday, January 5 from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
WHERE: Larz Anderson Outdoor Arena, 25 Newton Street, Brookline, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Current Boston Bruins Player

STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

ERIKSSON PLAYS IN 600TH NHL GAME:
Last Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs marked forward Loui Eriksson’s 600th career game at the NHL level.  In his NHL career, Eriksson has posted 169 goals and 249 assists for 418 points with a combined plus-56 rating. The 29-year-old winger has also racked up 40 goals on the power play, seven goals in shorthanded situations and 24 game winning goals during his nine-year NHL career.

IRON MEN: Six Bruins have played in all 38 games for Boston this season: Reilly Smith, Daniel Paille, Loui Eriksson, Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg and Dennis Seidenberg.  Last year, the only three players to finish the season playing all 82 regular season games were Gregory Campbell, Brad Marchand and Smith.

KELLY LINE SHINING: The line composed of Loui Eriksson (4-5=9 totals), Chris Kelly (2-6=8 totals) and Carl Soderberg (3-5=8 totals) has combined for 25 points over the course of their last seven games. That includes three game-winning goals and nine of the last 23 goals scored by Boston over that span.

MEN IN BLACK: The Bruins have worn their third uniforms eight out of 15 times they will wear them this season.  Thus far they hold a 4-1-3 record while wearing them.

CLOSING TIME 2014: Wednesday’s shootout loss to Toronto gives the Bruins a regular season record of 47-22-11 in the calendar year of 2014.

UPCOMING GAMES…

UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Guerin Austin will be covering the Bruins upcoming games vs. Ottawa (1/3), at Carolina (1/4) and vs. New Jersey (1/8). The game vs. Pittsburgh (1/7) 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.

1/3 vs. Ottawa Senators, 1:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
1/4 at Carolina Hurricanes, 1:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
1/7 at Pittsburgh Penguins, 8:00 p.m. – NBCSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
1/8 vs. New Jersey Devils, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

234 AND COUNTING: Following Wednesday’s home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Boston Bruins have sold out 234 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 third TOTW win of the season, Jack Edwards wonders what kind of special concoction was in the B’s water bottles:

@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN): What was in the 2nd round of the Bruins' water bottles in 2nd period? Bartender, please make mine a double.

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Two broken twigs for Chara this period. Time to switch to the telephone pole.
@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com): Korbinian Holzer in lineup for Toronto. Favorite name in NHL because he sounds like one of the bounty hunters from Empire Strikes Back
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com): Fehr Weather

2014-15 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 8, Week 10, Week 12, Week 15
@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,
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe), Week 6
@GlobeEricWilbur (Eric Wilbur, Boston Globe), Week 5

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, January 3 (Boston, MA/Raleigh, NC)
-Home Game vs. Ottawa Senators, 1:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Raleigh, NC

Sunday, January 4 (Raleigh, NC/Boston, MA)
-Away Game at Carolina Hurricanes, 1:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

Monday, January 5 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, January 6 (Boston, MA/Pittsburgh, PA)
-Practice at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Travel to Pittsburgh, PA

Wednesday, January 7 (Pittsburgh, PA/Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at CONSOL Energy Center (1001 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219), 11:30 a.m.
-Away Game at Pittsburgh Penguins, 8:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NBCSN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

Thursday, January 8 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Home Game vs. New Jersey Devils, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Friday, January 9 (Boston, MA/Philadelphia, PA)
-Practice at TD Garden, 11:30 a.m.
-Travel to Philadelphia, PA

2014-15 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
1. B. Marchand, 10
T2. L. Eriksson, 9
T2. R. Smith, 9
4. C. Soderberg, 8
T5. P. Bergeron, 7
T5. D. Hamilton, 7
T5. T. Krug, 7

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 20
2. C. Soderberg, 19
T3. L. Eriksson, 15
T3. D. Hamilton, 15
5. C. Kelly, 13

Points
T1. P. Bergeron, 27
T1. C. Soderberg, 27
3. L. Eriksson, 24
4. D. Hamilton, 22
5. B. Marchand, 21

Plus/Minus
1. L. Eriksson, 11
2. C. Soderberg, 9
3. B. Marchand, 8
T4. C. Kelly, 7
T4. K. Miller, 7

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic, 69
2. B. Marchand, 42
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 493 and second in face-off percentage with 58.4%.
-Milan Lucic ranks 14th in the league in hits with 111

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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