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Bruins Week Ahead, 11.05 - 11.12

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS...

WE MEET AGAIN: The Bruins continue their two-game road trip with a visit to DC Friday night to take on the Capitals (7:00 p.m., TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). This will be the third meeting of the season between the two clubs and the final one in Washington. The Bruins outscored the Caps in the first two meetings seven goals to two. The clubs enter the matchup with two of the top three records in the Eastern Conference in terms of points percentage and the Bruins (+16) and Capitals (+10) also have the two best goal differentials in the NHL.

TINY, TIM: Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas continued his scorching start to the 2010-11 campaign by winning his seventh straight start on Wednesday. By doing so, he surpassed Tiny Thompson for the club’s best record to start a season, as Thompson went 6-0-0 at the beginning of the 1937-38 season. As of Friday, November 5, Thomas led all goaltenders in Goals Against Average (0.72), Save Percentage (.977) and shutouts (3, tied with Jaroslav Halak of St. Louis, who the Bruins host on Saturday). He was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the week ending October 31 and captured Second Star of the Month Honors for October.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Bruins have opened this season with five straight road wins. That is a club record from the start of a season and marks the first season they have opened with road points in five straight since 1981-82 when they went 4-0-1. Going back to last season, the team has won their last eight away from TD Garden.

BUSY B’S: The Bruins wrap up a three-game-in-four-night stretch when they host the St. Louis Blues at the TD Garden on Saturday, November 6 (7:00 p.m., TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). They will have another three-in-four stretch next week with a visit to the Penguins on Wednesday, November 10 followed by home tilts against the Habs (Thursday) and Sens (Saturday). The Black & Gold will play 14 games in November, seven at home and seven on the road.

HOCKEY DAY IN NEW ENGLAND: Saturday, November 6 is “Hockey Day in New England.” The Bruins and USA Hockey join with over 50 ice rinks throughout New England to host free learn-to-play youth hockey clinics for children ages 4 through 9.  The Bruins will also host a USA Hockey Cross-Ice Program during the first intermission of Saturday's game when the Bruins take on the St. Louis Blues at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit hockeydayinnewengland.com

STUART, WHEELER SUPPORT TROOPS: Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler will each donate $5,000 worth of Bruins tickets to local military members and their families as part of Military Appreciation Night on November 15. The Bruins will honor local military members, veterans and their families throughout the Bruins/Devils game. Fans can learn how to contribute by visiting bostonbruins.com/military.

Stuart and Wheeler will make a lead a youth hockey clinic at Hanscom Air Force Base on Monday, November 8 for 40 children whose parents are active servicemen/women. For more information please reference the “Around Town” section below.

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 first Bruins Prospect Report was released Sunday, October 31 and the two players in the spotlight were Providence’s Steven Kampfer and Peterborough’s Ryan Spooner. Check out the Prospect Report here http://tinyurl.com/39j84td.

BRUINS HOCKEY RULES: Bruins fans can write the next “Bruins Hockey Rule” for the popular “Bear” commercial series at BruinsHockeyRules.com. Fans can create, customize and script their own ending to the latest commercial. The winner will have their commercial shown on NESN and Garden HDX during the season and have the opportunity to meet the Bear. For more information and to write your own rule, visit the BruinsHockeyRules.com website.

“BIG BAD BRUINS SHOW” The Big Bad Bruins Show will air on Saturday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m. This week’s show will highlight the brilliant playing, coaching and front office career of the legendary Milt Schmidt, showcase the best plays of the week around the NHL and go “Behind the B” with an exclusive sit-down interview with Kathryn Tappen and Marco Sturm.

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE…
A win against the Capitals on Friday night would tie the best overall start in team history with 16 out of a possible 20 points. They have had 16 points through the first ten games of a season on four occasions and most recently in 1978-79 when they opened at 7-1-2.

ON THIS DATE IN BRUINS HISTORY: November 5, 1970: The Blues’ Glenn Hall and Ernie Wakely combine for a 2-0 shutout over the Bruins, snapping Boston’s 24-0-5 home unbeaten streak that spanned two seasons. It was St. Louis’ first ever win in Boston Garden.

WEEK AHEAD RATED LINKS:
The Bruins are off to their best start in over 20 years and they are getting noticed...

USA Today’s Kevin Allen has been impressed by the B’s start to the season (http://tinyurl.com/27mq8b9)

DJ Bean looks into Thomas’ off-season hip surgery (http://tinyurl.com/26p8mtp)

Some of the Bruins are taking part in No Shave November (Movember) to help spread awareness for cancers that affect men. Joe Haggerty has the story (http://tinyurl.com/28hjwu9)

Brad Marchand scored his first goal in Wednesday’s win against the Sabres, and NHL.com caught his excitement (http://tinyurl.com/33hqnev)

Matt Kalman takes a look at Bruins prospect Zach Hamill (http://tinyurl.com/2e3nrmq)

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

AROUND TOWN...
WHAT: HOCKEY DAY IN NEW ENGLAND
On Saturday, November 6, the Boston Bruins and USA Hockey join with over 50 ice rinks throughout New England to host free learn-to-play youth hockey clinics for children ages 4 through 9 as part of Hockey Day in New England. For all participating rinks, please visit www.hockeydayinnewengland.com. Sessions consist of a general introduction to the sport, including equipment, skating lessons, and a short “game” for all participants. Led by local youth hockey associations across the region, newcomers have access to all the necessary hockey equipment for the event. In addition, on-ice support will be present to assist the kids while they get dressed, stand on skates, hold a stick and learn to skate.

In addition, the Boston Bruins will host a USA Hockey Cross-Ice Program during the first intermission of Saturday’s game when the Bruins take on the St. Louis Blues at 7:00 p.m. The Cape Cod Canal Youth Hockey Sharks will be dressed up as the NHL Original Six Teams to debut the Cross-Ice Program on the TD Garden ice. 
WHEN: Saturday, November 6 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Porrazzo Rink, Constitution Beach, Coleridge Street, East Boston, MA 02128
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni, Bruce Shoebottom and the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team

WHAT: MILITARY APPRECIATION YOUTH HOCKEY CLINIC
Boston Bruins Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler will lead a youth hockey clinic at Hanscom Air Force Base for 40 kids whose parents are active in the military as part of the Bruins Military Appreciation events. Members of the media interested in covering the event must arrive at the base's Route 2A gate between 2:30 and 2:45 p.m. where they will be escorted to the clinic. For questions or to confirm attendance please call Kelly Mohr at 617-624-1967. Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler each donated $5000 to the Boston Bruins Foundation to purchase tickets for soldiers and their families to attend the Bruins Military Appreciation Night game on November 15 against the New Jersey Devils at 7:00 p.m.
WHEN: Monday, November 8 from 2:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. (Media must arrive between 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.)
WHERE: Hanscom Air Force Base, Bedford, MA  01731 (Media enter at the base's Route 2A gate)
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Mark Stuart and Blake Wheeler

WHAT: KIDS CAFE DINNER
Bruins defenseman Matt Hunwick will visit the Yawkey Club (Boys & Girls Club of Roxbury) to serve dinner at the Kids Cafe.  The Kids Cafe is an after-school program that offers tutoring, nutrition education, mentoring, and nutritious meals to children at risk of hunger. Initiated by America’s Second Harvest, Kids Cafe provides a safe and positive environment for children ages 15 and under to gather after school.
WHEN: Monday, November 8, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Roxbury/Yawkey Boys and Girls Club 115 Warren Street Roxbury, MA 02119
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Matt Hunwick

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 youth hockey players between the ages of 8 and 12 basic hockey skills. 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, November 8 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Babson Rink, 150 Great Plain Ave, Wellesley, MA 02482
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Adam McQuaid, Dennis Seidenberg and Boston Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin

WHAT: MILITARY MOM MAKEOVER
The Boston Bruins and Leon & Co.(84 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA 02478) have invited four active duty military moms to take part in a makeover. The moms will visit Leon & Co for a special day of pampering and then to dinner, compliments of il Casale (50 Leonard Street in Belmont, MA 02478.)
WHEN: Wednesday, November 10 from 4:00 pm. - 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Leon & Co. 84 Leonard Street, Belmont, MA 02478 followed by il Casale 50 Leonard Street in Belmont, MA 02478

WHAT: SAMUEL ADAMS “BRU FEST”
On Thursday, November 11, the Boston Bruins will hold their second “Bru Fest” of the 2010-11 season presented by Boston’s own Samuel Adams brewery in the East Lot of the TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114). The outdoor festivities run from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. with the last call at 6:15 p.m. The event is free and open to Bruins fans ages 21 and over with a ticket to the Bruins/Canadiens game. Samuel Adams will be featuring a selection of their most popular products including Samuel Adams Seasonal and Boston Lager. Space for the event will be limited and fans are encouraged to arrive early. In addition, Bruins fans will enjoy interactive games, giveaways and a live performance from Boston band Hypercane. Throughout the evening, the Boston Bruins Ice Girls and the Boston Bruins mascot, Blades, will be mingling and taking photographs with fans.
WHEN: Thursday, November 11 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. with the last call at 6:15 p.m.
WHERE: East Lot of the TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114.
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: The Boston Bruins Ice Girls and the Boston Bruins mascot, Blades

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, November 6 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Sunday, November 7 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.s

Monday, November 8 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, November 9 (Wilmington, MA/Pittsburgh, PA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Travel to Pittsburgh, PA

Wednesday, November 10 (Pittsburgh, PA/Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, CONSOL Energy Center, 7:00 p.m. (1001 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219)
-Travel to Boston, MA

Thursday, November 11 (Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Friday, November 12 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at 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.

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

Tuesdays
101.7 WFNX
8:20 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, November 5)
Goals
T1. N. Horton, 5
T1. M. Lucic, 5
T3. M. Ryder, 3
T3. J. Caron, 3
T3. T. Seguin, 3

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 8
T2. N. Horton, 5
T2. M. Recchi, 5
T4. M. Lucic 4
T4. M. Ryder, 4
T4. D. Seidenberg, 4

Points
T1. N. Horton, 10
T1. D. Krejci, 10
3. M. Lucic, 9
4. M. Ryder, 7
5. 4 tied with 5

Plus/Minus
T1. M. Lucic, +7
T1. Z. Chara, +7
T1. A. Ference, +7
T4. N. Horton, +6
T4. D. Krejci, +6

Penalty Minutes
1. G. Campbell, 26
2. M. Lucic, 18
3. N. Horton, 17
4. M. Stuart, 16
5. D. Seidenberg, 11


BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:
-Tim Thomas currently ranks 1st in the NHL in goals against average with 0.72, save percentage with .977% and is tied for 1st in shutouts with 3. He also is tied for 3rd in the NHL in wins with 7.

-Milan Lucic currently ranks 6th in the NHL in shooting percentage at 27.8%.

-Nathan Horton currently ranks 4th in the NHL in shooting percentage at 29.4%

-Brad Marchand is currently tied for 2nd in the NHL in shorthanded points with 2.

-Jordan Caron and Brad Marchand are currently tied for 20th in NHL rookie scoring leaders with 3.

-Brad Marchand is currently ranked 2nd in NHL rookies in shorthand goals with 1, and in NHL rookie shorthanded assists with 1.

Jordan Caron is currently ranked 2nd in NHL rookies in shooting percentage with 20% and is tied for 2nd in NHL rookies in plus/minus with +4. He is also tied for 3rd in NHL rookies in game winning goals (1).

-Tyler Seguin is currently tied for 5th in NHL rookies in goals with 3. He is tied for 3rd in NHL rookies in power play goals with 1. He is tied for 3rd in NHL rookie power play assists with 1. He is ranked 14th in NHL rookies in shots with 18. He is currently ranked 6th in NHL rookies in shooting percentage at 16.7%.

-The Bruins as a team are ranked 1st in the NHL in the penalty kill category at 91.4%.

-The Bruins as a team are ranked 11th in the NHL in the power play category at 19.4%.

2010-11 BRUINS STARS:
Tim Thomas, First Star of the Week, Week ending October 31
Tim Thomas, Second Star of the Month, October
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