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Bruins Week Ahead, 11.19 - 11.26

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


SAVARD TO SPEAK: Bruins center Marc Savard will address the media on Saturday, November 20 in the Bruins locker room following the team’s morning skate (morning skate is scheduled for 10:30 at the TD Garden). B’s GM Peter Chiarelli informed media on Friday that Savard passed his conditioning test and will begin skating with the team under no-contact provisions.

“This morning he passed one of the tests, that’s the conditioning test,” said Chiarelli on Friday. “So he’s able to practice with the team… and will do line drills and non-contact drills. So that’s good news. He’s got a couple more tests to do. They are going to take place next week and after that he will be able to do contact.”

Savard has yet to play or practice with the team this season.

FULL SLATE CHUGS ALONG: The Bruins schedule has had them play at least one game every other day since November 10. The trend continues this week with games against the Kings on Saturday, Lightning on Monday, Panthers on Wednesday and Hurricanes on Friday. Versus/ 98.5 The Sports Hub will carry Monday’s game in Tampa, while NESN/ 98.5 The Sports Hub will broadcast the other three.

CAMPBELL CARRIES ON THANKSGIVING DAY TRADITION: For the last three years, one Bruins player has spent his Thanksgiving morning helping those in need by hand-delivering Thanksgiving Day food items to homeless shelters and charitable organizations throughout Boston. Newcomer Gregory Campbell will carry on the tradition this year. Times and locations have yet to be confirmed but will be announced the week of November 22. Dennis Wideman and Aaron Ward were the two players before Campbell to participate in this initiative.

HATS OFF: Bruins winger Milan Lucic picked up his second career hat trick after tallying three goals against the Panthers on Thursday night. Lucic and his linemates - Nathan Horton (3 assists) and Patrice Bergeron (2 assists) - finished the evening with eight points and a combined +9 rating. Lucic has 10 goals this season in 17 games, which already surpassed his total from last year (9) in 50 games. Lucic’s career highs in goals and assists were set in the 2008-09 season when he notched 17 goals and 25 assists for 42 points.

THOMAS CLIMBING THE ALL-TIME CHARTS: With his victory over the Rangers on Wednesday, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas earned his 136th career win (all with Boston). The 136 wins tied Andy Moog for sixth place all-time in club annals. Here is the top six:

1. Cecil Thompson, 252
2. Frank Brimsek, 230
3. Gerry Cheevers, 229
4. Ed Johnston, 180
5. Gilles Gilbert, 155
t6. Tim Thomas, Andy Moog, 136

SHOOTING GALLERY: The Bruins have been outshot in their last ten straight games, which is their longest such stretch since an 11-game span from Nov. 1-24, 2007. In these 10 games, the Bruins are 6-3-1.

“LEAVE THE PLAY-BY-PLAY TO JACK”: Congratulations to Bruins fan Chris Crawford of Medford, MA who is the winner of the “Bruins Hockey Rules” online contest. His rule - “Leave the play-by-play to Jack” - was voted in by Bruins fans as the next Bruins Hockey Rule. The commercial will air on NESN and the TD Garden HDX during the Bruins/Kings game on Saturday November 20. Crawford will also receive two tickets to the Bruins/Carolina game on Friday, November 26, a zamboni ride and the first ever meet-and-greet with The Bear.


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. This latest report featured Craig Cunningham and Joe Colborne and is available on the Bruins Media Website.

GUEST PA ANNOUNCER: Pete McKenzie of WZLX’s “Karlson and McKenzie” morning show will be the guest PA announcer during Saturday’s game against the Kings. He will be filling in for Kelly Malone who is on maternity leave. Congratulations to Kelly!

“BIG BAD BRUINS SHOW” The Big Bad Bruins Show will air on Saturday, November 20 at 6:00 p.m. Here is this week’s lineup:

- Presidential Address with Cam Neely
- Mark Stuart & Blake Wheeler lead youth hockey clinic at Hanscom Air Force Base
- NHL Plays of the Week
- 'Behind the B' with Mark Stuart
- 16th Annual Comics Come Home

THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BRUINS WEEK AHEAD STAT MACHINE…
David Booth took 14 of Florida's 41 shots on Tuukka Rask on Thursday night. That was the most shots by an opposing player since Michael Ryder had 13 on Nov. 17, 2007 while with the Canadiens.

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

ON THIS DATE IN BRUINS HISTORY: November 19, 1981 - Wayne Cashman ties a club record with four assists in the second period in a 6-1 Boston win over the Hartford Whalers.

WEEK AHEAD RATED LINKS:
It was a big night for the B’s last night; hats were on the ice for Milan Lucic and Tuukka Rask’s name was being chanted throughout the Garden after the Bruins blanked the Panthers 4-0. Here’s the recap...

Tuukka Rask got his first win of the season, here’s ESPNBoston’s James Murphy’s reaction (http://tinyurl.com/22sc5yb)

Claude Julien praised Milan Lucic’s effort last night, and Stephen Harris passed it along in the Boston Herald (http://tinyurl.com/2wlx52v)

Check out this photo on the New England Hockey Journal’s website of Milan Lucic and his trifecta of pucks (www.hockeyjournal.com) and then read what Lucic had to say after the game (http://tinyurl.com/28zl97s)

Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli made an appearance on NESN to talk about former Panther Nathan Horton (http://tinyurl.com/22qlkf7)

DJ Bean gives the story of Nathan Horton’s move to the Bruins from the Panthers (http://tinyurl.com/24afq4x)

Shawn Thornton fired up the crowd last night with a goal and a fight (http://tinyurl.com/2afahzl)

Be sure to keep up with all things Bruins with Bish’s blog (http://nhlbruins.tumblr.com)

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

AROUND TOWN:
WHAT:  TD Garden’s philanthropic arm, Garden Neighborhood Charities, will be hosting its 15th Annual Table of Friends on Tuesday, November 23rd.  Hundreds of guests are invited onto the event floor and served a turkey dinner with all the trimmings by TD Garden, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics and Boston Blazers executives, coaches and alumni, as well as elected officials and media personalities. The TD Garden will be serving: 600 pounds of turkey, 700 pounds of stuffing, 25 gallons of gravy, 400 pounds of mashed potatoes, 200 pounds of carrots, 75 pounds of green beans, 106 dozen rolls and 8 gallons of cranberry sauce. 
WHEN: Tuesday, November 23, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden Event Floor, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Director of Development for the Boston Bruins Foundation Bob Sweeney, Alumni Ken Hodge, Frank Simonetti, Tommy Songin, Terry O’Reilly and Rick Middleton

WHAT: THANKSGIVING DAY FOOD DELIVERY
Gregory Campbell will hand-deliver Thanksgiving Day food items to local shelters and charitable organizations throughout the Boston area on Thanksgiving morning. Details have yet to be confirmed but will be announced the week of November 22
WHEN: Thursday, November 25, Time TBD
WHERE: Locations TBD
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Gregory Campbell

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. Please check the Bruins Media Website for the latest updates
-All times are local

Saturday, November 20 (Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Players available after morning skate
-Claude Julien available after players
-Boston Bruins vs. Los Angeles Kings, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

Sunday, November 21 (Wilmington, MA/Tampa Bay, FL)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Depart for Tampa Bay, FL

Monday, November 22 (Tampa, FL/ Sunrise, FL)
-Morning Skate, St. Pete Times Forum, 11:30 a.m.
-Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Pete Times Forum, 7:30 p.m. (401 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602)
-Travel to Sunrise, FL

Tuesday, November 23 (Sunrise, FL)
-Practice at BankAtlantic Center, 12:45 p.m. (One Panther Parkway, Sunrise, FL 33323)

Wednesday, November 24 (Sunrise, FL/Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, BankAtlantic Center, 11:30 a.m. 
-Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers, BankAtlantic Center, 7:30 p.m. (One Panther Parkway, Sunrise, FL 33323))
-Travel to Boston, MA

Thursday, November 25 (Boston, MA)
-Practice, TD Garden, 12 noon

Friday, November 26 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes, TD Garden, 12:00 noon (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

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 19)
Goals
1. M. Lucic, 10
2. N. Horton, 8
3. M. Ryder, 5
T4. Z. Chara, 4
T4. T. Seguin, 4
T4. S. Thornton, 4

Assists
T1. N. Horton, 10
T1. M. Recchi, 10
T1. P. Bergeron, 10
4. D. Krejci, 8
T5. M. Lucic, 7
T5. D. Seidenberg, 7

Points
1. N. Horton, 18
2. M. Lucic, 17
T3. M. Recchi, 12
T3. P. Bergeron, 12
5. M. Ryder, 11

Plus/Minus
T1. M. Lucic, +12
T1. A. Ference, +12
T3. N. Horton, +11
T3. Z. Chara, +11
5. P. Bergeron, +8

Penalty Minutes
1. G. Campbell, 35
T2. N. Horton, 25
T2. S. Thornton, 25
4. M. Stuart, 23
T5. A. Ference, 21
T5. A. McQuaid, 21


BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:

Milan Lucic is currently ranked 1st in the NHL in shooting percentage at 29.4%. He is currently tied for 8th in the NHL in goals with 10. He is currently tied for 6th in the NHL in the plus/minus category (+12).

Andrew Ference is currently ranked 6th in the plus/minus category (+12).

Tim Thomas is currently ranked 1st in the NHL in goals against average (1.28), save percentage at .995 and shutouts with 4. He is currently tied for 4th in wins with 10.

Tuukka Rask is currently ranked 3rd in the NHL in save percentage at .939.

Tyler Seguin is currently ranked 3rd for all NHL rookies in shooting percentage at 14.3%. He is currently tied for 4th for all NHL rookies in goals (4). He is currently tied 11th for all NHL rookies in scoring (7) and shots (28).
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