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Bruins Week Ahead: 1.7 - 1.14

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

JANUARY 7 – JANUARY 14

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS...
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Bruins will face Eastern Conference rivals Montreal and Pittsburgh in their upcoming two-game road trip that begins Saturday in Quebec (7:00 p.m., TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). The Bruins and Habs are currently 1-2 in the Northeast Division, as the B’s have 48 points to Montreal’s 47. The Bruins have played two fewer games however.

Following the tilt with the Canadiens, the B’s will take on the Penguins in the Steel City on Monday, January 20 (7:30 p.m. TV: VERSUS, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). Pittsburgh leads the Eastern Conference with 56 points, although they will likely be without the NHL’s leading scorer Sidney Crosby who is expected to miss about a week with a concussion.

BUSY B’S: Beginning with Saturday’s game on January 8, the Bruins will play at least every other night through Wednesday, January 26 leading into the NHL All-Star Break. That’s 11 games in 19 days. Of the 11 games, five will be on the road and six will be at home.

HORTON UPDATE: Bruins forward Nathan Horton left Friday’s practice early with “discomfort,” according to Head Coach Claude Julien. He is considered day-to-day and will make the trip to Montreal and Pittsburgh. The ailment limited Horton’s minutes in the third period of the Bruins/Wild game on Thursday night.

50 STRAIGHT SELLOUTS?: If the Bruins sell out their next home game on Tuesday, January 11 against Ottawa, it will be the club’s 50th straight sellout (regular season and postseason, does not include Winter Classic 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.

ROAD TRIP RECAP: The Bruins captured eight out of a possible 10 points on their season long five-game road trip through Florida, Tampa, Atlanta, Buffalo and Toronto last week… The Bruins scored 16 goals on the trip, not including shootouts…13 different Bruins accounted for the 16 goals, as only three tallied more than one goal on the trip… Those three players included two rookies, Steven Kampfer and Brad MarchandDavid Krejci was the third, as he potted two goals in the road trip’s opening game against the Panthers… Four Bruins defensemen scored in the January 1st game against Buffalo, which marked the first time in club history four different d’men scored in the same game.

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 December 31 and featured Michael Hutchinson and Jared Knight. The next will be sent on January 15.

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

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BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK: New England Hockey Journal’s Kirk Luedeke on January 7 after the Bruins/Wild game: @kluedeke29 “Tough night in standings for Boston: Bruins lose, Montreal, Toronto both win in shootout to grab 2 points. That’s the way it goes.”

AROUND TOWN...
WHAT: SKATE WITH THE ICE GIRLS
The Boston Bruins Ice Girls will also be collecting toys at their “Skate with the Ice Girls” free open skate program on Sunday, January 9, 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 9 from 3:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
WHERE: Burlington Ice Palace, 36 Ray Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Ice Girls

WHAT: P.A.S.S. IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TD BANK
P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) is a 10 clinic series conducted by the Boston Bruins and sponsored by TD Bank.  P.A.S.S. focuses on teaching basic hockey skills to youth hockey players between the ages of 8 and 12. All participants receive a P.A.S.S. jersey and a gift bag filled with an equipment bag tag, water bottle and two tickets to an upcoming Bruins game. TD Bank also presents each hosting youth hockey organization with a $1000 donation.
WHEN: Monday, January 10 from 6:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
WHERE: Brown University Arena, 45 Prospect St, Providence, RI 02906
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Alumni Bobby Miller and Tommy Songin

WHAT: SEGUIN VISIT TO SANBORN ELEMENTARY
Tyler Seguin will visit the Sanborn Elementary School to assist with the Jump Rope for Heart school visit.  Jump Rope for Heart school visits engage elementary and middle school students with jumping rope while empowering them to improve their own health and help other kids with heart-health issues. 
WHEN: Wednesday, January 12 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Sanborn Elementary School, 90 Lovejoy Road, Andover, MA  01810
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Tyler Seguin

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.s
-All times are local

Saturday, January 8 (Montreal, QC/Pittsburgh, PA)
-Morning Skate, Bell Centre, 11:30 a.m.
-Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7:00 p.m. (1909, avenue des Canadiens de Montreal Montréal, Québec, Canada H4B 5G0 Canada)
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Pittsburgh, PA

Sunday, January 9 (Pittsburgh, PA)
-Practice, CONSOL Energy Center, 12:00 p.m.

Monday, January 10 (Pittsburgh, PA/Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, CONSOL Energy Center, 11:30 a.m. 
-Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center, 7:30 p.m. (1001 Fifth Avenue,Pittsburgh, PA 15219)
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: VERSUS RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

Tuesday, January 11 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Wednesday, January 12 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, January 13 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, January 14 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.

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.

BIG BAD BRUINS SHOW: Check out the lineup for this week’s episode of the Big Bad Bruins show which will first air on January 8, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. on NESN:

-Presidential Address’ Andy Brickley with Cam Neely
-Tuukka Rask & Mark Stuart visit Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center
- Previewing MDA’s ‘Muscle Team 2011’ on January 12
-NHL Plays of the Week
-Behind the B’ Kathryn Tappen with Tuukka Rask
-A look inside the living area of the Boston College Men’s Hockey Seniors

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”

BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, January 7)
Goals
1. M. Lucic, 16
2. N. Horton, 12
3. M. Ryder, 11
4. B. Wheeler, 9
5. P. Bergeron, 8

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 18
2. P. Bergeron, 17
3. M. Recchi, 16
4. N. Horton, 14
5. D. Seidenberg, 13

Points
1. M. Lucic, 28
2. N. Horton, 26
T3. P. Bergeron, 25
T3. D. Krejci, 25
T5. M. Ryder, 23
T5. M. Recchi, 23

Plus/Minus
T1. N. Horton, +15
T1. A. Ference, +15
3. Z. Chara, +14
4. M. Lucic, +11
5. D. Krejci, +9

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 64
2. M. Lucic, 58
T3. G. Campbell, 44
T3. A. Ference, 44
5. A. McQuaid, 40
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