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Bruins Week Ahead 11/21-11/27

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins



THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
BELESKEY TO DONATE & DELIVER PIES ON THANKSGIVING MORNING: Bruins forward Matt Beleskey will personally deliver $2,000 worth of pies to various shelters and charitable organizations throughout Boston on Thanksgiving morning, November 26. The 400 pies will be purchased from Mike’s Pastry in Boston’s North End. Pine Street Inn, Rosie’s Place, Home for Little Wanderers and Family Aid Boston are just some of the charitable organizations and shelters that will be receiving pies. For more information, visit the “Off the Ice and Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

2016 PUCKS AND PUPS CALENDAR PRES. BY THE BLACK DOG: The 2016 Pucks and Pups calendar presented by the Black Dog goes on sale this Friday, November 27. You will find a range of Bruins players featured in the calendar with their family pets or adoptable dogs from the MSPCA. Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs also participated in the project. The calendar is available at the ProShop powered by Reebok, all retail locations in TD Garden, the Bruins Foundation table on the arena concourse during Bruins home games and online at www.bostonbruins.com/pucksandpups. The proceeds from the 2016 calendar will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and donations will be made to the MSPCA-Angell and NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services). The retail price of the calendar is $20. Additional shipping and handling charges apply to online orders.  This is the third year of the Pucks and Pups calendar; the calendar raised over $200,000 in the past two years.

BRUINS TO HOST COACHING SYMPOSIUM ON 11/21: The Boston Bruins and USA Hockey are teaming up to bring youth hockey coaches a day of coaching education from members of the Boston Bruins Coaching Staff (Claude Julien, Joe Sacco, Doug Jarvis, Doug Houda, Bob Essensa and John Whitesides), USA Hockey and other experts in the field. Youth hockey coaches will listen to the expert panel present on all aspects of coaching, followed by age specific breakout sessions. USA Hockey coaches can earn their Level 2 and 3 certifications by attending the event. Coaches can register for this free event by visiting www.bostonbruins.com/youthhockey. For more information, visit the “Off the Ice and Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

LOUI SCORES THIRD HAT TRICK: Loui Eriksson scored his third career hat trick (first as a Bruin) on Thursday, November 19 against Minnesota. Eriksson now has 4-1=5 totals in three straight games with 7-1=8 totals in five of his last eight contests. Loui Eriksson’s hat trick on November 19 was the first from a Bruin since David Krejci’s on March 2014, 2014 against the Florida Panthers. The 6’ 2”, 183 pound Swedish forward scored his hat trick in 16 minutes and 37 seconds, which is the fastest hat trick by a Bruin since Brad Boyes did so on March 18, 2006 against the Carolina Hurricanes.  

ON A ROLL: After Thursday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild, Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron is on a current point streak that spans six games with 3-4=7 totals. He now has 6-10=16 in 12 of his last 14 games. His assist in Thursday’s game was his league-leading 12th power play point of the season.

POWERFUL POWER PLAY: The Bruins power play continues to succeed and lead the NHL. They are now 20 for 58 (35.2%) after last night’s game against the Minnesota Wild at TD Garden. The Dallas Stars are ranked second in the NHL with 28.3%.

NEW NHL ALL-STAR GAME FORMAT: The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game is being transformed into a 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament featuring the NHL’s most talented players from each of the four divisions: Pacific, Central, Metropolitan and Atlantic. The game will be broken up into three 20-minute games. The All-Star Skills Competition is set to take place on Saturday, January 30 and the All-Star Tournament will be held on Sunday, January 31. The winning team of the 3-on-3 tournament will receive a prize of $1 million. Each team will consist of 11 players from their team’s division: six forwards, thee defensemen and two goaltenders. The Semi-Final games will be played between Central-Pacific and Metropolitan-Atlantic, with the winner of those games playing in the All-Star Tournament Final. The four division-leading NHL coaches, which will be determined by who has the best points percentage following January 9, 2016, will be named coaches for the four All-Star teams. The All-Star weekend will take place in Nashville, TN at the Bridgestone Arena.

B’S & WYNN RESORTS BUYING HELMETS FOR HS HOCKEY TEAMS: The Boston Bruins and Wynn Resorts are donating 150 Bauer hockey helmets to six local high school hockey teams on Monday, November 23. The six schools receiving helmets are Cambridge Rindge and Latin, East Boston High School, Everett High School, Malden Catholic High School, Medford High School and Revere High School. After the teams receive helmets they will be able to participate in clinics on TD Garden ice with Bruins Alumni and the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. For more information, visit the “Off the Ice and Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

DOUBLEHEADER DOORBUSTER: Make your holiday list now and get ready for the ProShop powered by Reebok’s Black Friday, Doubleheader Doorbuster deals on Bruins and Celtics apparel and merchandise! Beginning at 7AM you can receive up to 30% off during the first hour, free parking in the North Station Garage with purchase, free gifts AND ticket giveaways for both Celtics and Bruins games! Shop the sales and score great deals on Friday, November 27 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the ProShop powered by Reebok, located on Level 2 at TD Garden. View Black Friday Deals: http://bruins.nhl.com/v2/ext/pdfs/2015/proshop_blackfriday.pdf.

BRUINS EQUIPMENT SALE ON BLACK FRIDAY: The Boston Bruins will host their annual Equipment Sale outside the Bruins ProShop powered by Reebok located at TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114) on Friday, November 27 from 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Fans will have the chance to buy an assortment of used equipment, which was worn by current and former Bruins players in either practice or game situations. The equipment selection will include skates, socks, helmets, gloves, pants, sticks, nameplates and more. Pricing for the equipment will start at $5.00. A portion of the proceeds from the Equipment Sale will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation. For more information, visit the “Off the Ice and Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

NESN TO BROADCAST EIGHT BOSTON PRIDE GAMES: NESN and the NWHL has announced that NESN will broadcast eight Boston Pride games for the remainder of the 2015-2016 season. This partnership between the league and network is the first broadcasting agreement during the NWHL’s inaugural season. The first game will be aired this Sunday, November 22 at 3:00 p.m. when the Boston Pride host the New York Riveters.

ONLINE HOLIDAY AUCTION: The Boston Bruins Foundation will be hosting their 2nd Annual Online Holiday Auction beginning Monday, November 23, 2015 through Friday, December 11, 2015. Bruins Fans will have the opportunity to bid on once and a lifetime opportunities including traveling on the team charter, lunch with General Manager Don Sweeney, viewing a game with Bruins Legend Ray Bourque, signed memorabilia and more. Fans can visitwww.bostonbruins.com/foundation beginning Monday, November 23 at 11:00 a.m. through Friday, December 11, at 5:00 p.m. to bid on these unique items. All proceeds from the Boston Bruins Foundation Online Holiday Auction will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis.

WINTER CLASSIC RAFFLE: Beginning Monday, November 23, the Boston Bruins Foundation will be running a raffle until Tuesday December 22 for your chance to see The Boston Bruins head back outdoors for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium. The Bruins Foundation wants to give you the ultimate experience including four (4) tickets to watch the Bruins faceoff against the Canadiens on New Year’s Day, the winner will also receive four (4) hospitality passes to the Official Boston Bruins Tailgate Party on January 1, 2016 as well as four (4) tickets to the Winter Classic Alumni Game on December 31, 2015. Visit bruinsraffles.org to enter to win.

THANKSGIVING SHOWDOWN: On Friday, November 27 the Boston Bruins faceoff against the New York Rangers in the Thanksgiving Showdown at TD Garden.  The Boston Bruins Foundation is raffling off your opportunity to take in the game from a luxury suite at the Garden. Visit bruinsraffles.org between Friday, November 20 and Wednesday, November 25 to enter to win.

ECHOSTOR GOALS FOR CHARITY: For every goal the Bruins score during the 2015-16 season, EchoStor will donate $100 to the Boston Bruins Foundation. To date EchoStor has raised $6,000 for the Bruins Foundation.

MOVEMBER GROWS ON: Bruins players Matt Beleskey, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Brett Connolly, Loui Eriksson, Jonas Gustavsson, Jimmy Hayes, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Colin Miller, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, David Pastrnak, Tyler Randell, Tuukka Rask, Dennis Seidenberg and Ryan Spooner continue to participate in Movember this month to show their support and raise awareness for men’s health. To show your support, sign up and grow a Mo this month or donate to Bruins Movember Captain, Patrice Bergeron or any of the other 18 Mo-growing Bruins players. Raise at least $10 by Monday, November 23 at 12 p.m. and you’ll be automatically entered win a Zdeno Chara signed photo.  To learn more, to sign up, or to donate visit BostonBruins.com/movember.

WINTER CLASSIC JERSEY IN-STORE NOW: The 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Jersey is here! If you did not preorder your Winter Classis jersey, you now have the chance to purchase yours in-store at the ProShop powered by Reebok located on level 2.  The ProShop is the only place to get this one-of-a-kind Bruins sweater adorned with the official Winter Classic shoulder patch.

3-GAME PLANS: Give the Bruins fan on your Holiday list the chance to catch the edge-of-your-seat action of B's hockey live at TD Garden with a 3-Game Plan presented by TD Bank - Featuring games against the Washington capitals, LA Kings and more! It's a gift your B's fan is sure to love. To purchase visit Boston-Bruins-dot-com-slash-game-plans. To purchase you 3-Game Plan visit BostonBruins.com/GamePlans.

GROUP TICKETS AVAILABLE: Gather your group of ten or more together this holiday season and take advantage of discounted group pricing – saving you and your group up to $30 per person! To learn more or to purchase your group tickets visit BostonBruins.com/Groups.

INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS: Be at TD Garden when the puck drops on Saturday, November 21 vs. the Original Six rival Toronto Maple Leafs. Individual game tickets for all upcoming home games are available now. To purchase tickets visit BostonBruins.com/Tickets.

WIN WINTER CLASSIC TICKETS: Purchase individual game tickets from now until Monday, November 23 for any upcoming home game and you will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. To purchase tickets or to learn more visit BostonBruins.com/WinterClassic.

BRUINS HOLIDAY SUITES: Make your holiday party unforgettable this season by hosting it at an upcoming Bruins game! Special holiday suite rental packages are now available for games through early January and include tickets for 18 fans, a food and beverage package and a limited-edition holiday ornament. For additional information visit BostonBruins.com/holidaysuites.

PICK-A-PLAN: Bruins Pick-A-Plan are on sale now and provides you with the flexibility to customize your own game plan package by choosing from a selection of different games, including must-see matchups against Original Six opponents like the New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and more. To pick your plan visit BostonBruins.com/GamePlans.

SKATE & SKI: Hit the slopes and get to a Bruins game this season for just $99 dollars. The Bruins, Loon Mountain and 98.5 The Sports Hub have teamed up again to bring you the Skate & Ski ticket package. Purchase a Skate & Ski ticket to select Bruins games and you'll receive a free lift ticket to Loon Mountain, New England's most accessible mountain resort destination! To purchase tickets visit BostonBruins.com/skateandski.

BRUINS ALUMNI NEWS: On Sunday, November 22 the Boston Bruins Alumni will play in a benefit game in support of the Mass Down Syndrome Congress.  The game will be at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, MA. The Bruins Alumni will face off against the MDSC All Stars at 1:30 p.m.  Prior to the game some members of the alumni will participate in a Noon skate with Mass Down Syndrome members.  Expected in the line-up are Rick Middleton, Terry O’Reilly, Tom Songin and Frank Simonetti. For more information, visit the “Off the Ice and Around Town” section of the Week Ahead. For more information, visit the “Off the Ice and Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

WZLX TO BROADCAST BRUINS VS. MAPLE LEAFS ON MONDAY: Due to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Patriots coverage, the Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM game on Monday, November 23 will be broadcast on 100.7 WZLX.

BEHIND THE B:
To catch up on episodes 1 – 4 of Behind the B head to bostonbruins.com/behindtheb. The Bruins have a total of 13 episodes that are slated to air during the 2015-16 season and will be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native, Denis Leary. Other exclusive Behind the B related content will be available on bostonbruins.com and the Boston Bruins Digital Entertainment Network (Bruins DEN) throughout the season.

Remaining Behind the B Season 3 Air Dates on NESN:
Episode 5: Monday, November 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Episode 6: Saturday, December 12 at 4:00 p.m.
Episode 7: Sunday, December 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 8: Monday, January 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 9: Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Episode 10: Sunday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. (6:30 p.m. encore)
Episode 11: Tuesday, March 15 at 9:00 p.m.
Episode 12: Wednesday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 13: TBD
*Air dates and times are subject to change

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES:
Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has been confirmed as a weekly call-in guest with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand (Zo and Bertrand), which airs weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Adam McQuaid 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. Kevan Miller will be calling in to 98.5 The Sports Hub with Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb (Toucher and Rich). The show airs weekdays 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  

BROADCAST INFORMATION…

UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Sarah Davis will be covering the Bruins upcoming matchups against the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 21 and November 23 against the Toronto Maple Leafs and against the Detroit Red Wings on November 25. The Toronto Maple Leafs game on November 23 will be broadcasted on CBC and NHLN (US) and the November 25 game will be broadcasted on TVAS. The November 27 game against the New York Rangers will be broadcasted on NBC and SN. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

11/21 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
11/23 at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m. – NESN, CBC, NHLN (US), 98.5 The Sports Hub
11/25 at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. – NESN, TVAS, 98.5 The Sports Hub
11/27 vs. New York Rangers, 1:00 p.m. – SN, NBC, 98.5 The Sports Hub

OFF THE ICE & AROUND TOWN…

BRUINS ALUMNI GAME
WHAT: On Sunday, November 22 the Boston Bruins Alumni will play in a benefit game in support of the Mass Down Syndrome Congress.  The game will be at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, MA.  The Bruins Alumni will face off against the MDSC All Stars at 1:30 p.m.  Prior to the game some members of the alumni will participate in a Noon skate with Mass Down Syndrome members. Expected in the line-up are Rick Middleton, Terry O’Reilly, Tom Songin and Frank Simonetti.
WHEN: Sunday, November 22 at 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: New England Sports Center (121 Donald Lynch Blvd. in Marlboro, MA 01752)
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Rick Middleton, Terry O’Reilly, Tom Songin, Frank Simonetti, and more.

BRUINS TO HOST COACHING SYMPOSIUM ON 11/21

WHAT: The Boston Bruins and USA Hockey are teaming up to bring youth hockey coaches a day of coaching education from members of the Boston Bruins Coaching Staff, USA Hockey, and other experts in the field. Youth hockey coaches will listen to the expert panel present on all aspects of coaching, followed by age specific breakout sessions. USA Hockey coaches can earn their Level 2 and 3 certifications by attending the event. Coaches can register for this free event by visiting www.bostonbruins.com/youthhockey.  
WHEN: Saturday, November 21 at 7:15 a.m. ET
WHERE: TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
PARTICIPANTS: Andy Brickley, Claude Julien, Doug Jarvis, Doug Houda, Joe Sacco, Bob Essensa, and John Whitesides

BRUINS AND WYNN RESORTS DONATING HELMETS TO SIX LOCAL HS HOCKEY TEAMS
WHAT: The Boston Bruins and Wynn Resorts are donating 150 Bauer hockey helmets to six local high school hockey teams on Monday, November 23. The six schools receiving helmets are Cambridge Rindge and Latin, East Boston High School, Everett High School, Malden Catholic High School, Medford High School and Revere High School. After the teams receive helmets they will be able to participate in clinics on TD Garden ice with Bruins Alumni and the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team.
WHEN: Monday, November 23 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
PARTICIPANTS: Bruins Alumni and the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team

BELESKEY TO DONATE & DELIVER PIES ON THANKSGIVING MORNING
WHAT: Bruins forward Matt Beleskey will personally deliver $2,000 worth of pies to various shelters and charitable organizations throughout Boston on Thanksgiving morning, November 26. The 400 pies will be purchased from Mike’s Pastry in Boston’s North End. Pine Street Inn, Rosie’s Place, Home for Little Wanderers and Family Aid Boston are just some of the charitable organizations and shelters that will be receiving pies. Media interested in covering the pie delivery event should contact Erika Wentzell (ewentzell@bostonbruins.com).
WHEN: November 26; timing TBD
WHERE: Various shelters and charitable organizations throughout Boston
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Matt Beleskey

BRUINS TO HOST EQUIPMENT SALE ON BLACK FRIDAY
WHAT: The Boston Bruins will host their annual Equipment Sale outside the Bruins ProShop Powered by Reebok on Friday, November 27 from 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Fans will have the chance to buy an assortment of used equipment, which was worn by current and former Bruins players in either practice or game situations.  The equipment selection will include skates, socks, helmets, gloves, pants, sticks, nameplates, etc.  Pricing for the equipment will start at $5.00. A portion of the proceeds from the Equipment Sale will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.
WHEN: Friday, November 27 from 7 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
WHERE: Bruins ProShop Powered by Reebok located on Level 2 of the TD Garden (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)

TWEET OF THE WEEK…

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW):

@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Julien calls Tyler Randell "Randy" and that makes me think of Austin Powers, baby.

2015-16 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com), Week 6, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 1, Week 5
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPNBoston.com), Week 2, Week 7
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 3
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 4


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, November 21 (Boston, MA)
-Morning skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Game vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 22 (Wilmington, MA / Toronto, ON)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Team travels to Toronto

Monday, November 23 (Toronto, ON / Detroit, MI)
-Morning skate at Air Canada Centre, 11:30 a.m.
-Game at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:30 p.m.
-Team travels to Detroit

Tuesday, November 24 (Detroit, MI)
-Practice at Joe Louis Arena, 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 25 (Detroit, MI / Boston, MA)
-Morning skate at Joe Louis Arena, 11:30 a.m.
-Game at Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m.
-Team travels to Boston.

Thursday, November 26 (Boston, MA)

-Practice at TD Garden, 11:00 a.m.

Friday, November 27 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame practice TBD
-Game vs. New York Rangers, 1:00 p.m.

2015-16 STATISTICAL LEADERS


Goals
1. L. Eriksson, 9
2. D. Krejci, 8
T3. P. Bergeron, 7
T3. B. Marchand, 7
Three players tied for 4th with four goals each.

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 14
T2. P. Bergeron, 11
T2. T. Krug, 11
T4. L. Eriksson, 8
T4. Z. Chara, 8

Points
1. D. Krejci, 22
2. P. Bergeron, 18
3. L. Eriksson, 17
4. B. Marchand, 13

Plus/Minus
T1. Z. Chara, +6
T1. B. Marchand, +6
3. C. Miller, +5
4. L. Eriksson, +4
Four players tied for 5th with a +3 rating.

Penalty Minutes
1. B. Marchand, 33
2. Z. Rinaldo, 29
3. C. Miller, 22
T4. A. McQuaid, 21
T4. R. Spooner, 21

NHL Leaders

-David Krejci is tied with John Klinberg (DAL) for fourth in the NHL in overall points with 22.
-Torey Krug, David Krejci, and Patrice Bergeron are tied with two other players for second in the NHL for power play assists with seven each.
-Loui Eriksson and Patrice Bergeron are tied with three other players in the NHL for second in power play goals with five each.
-Patrice Bergeron leads the NHL in power play points with 12.
-David Krejci is tied with Tyler Seguin (DAL) for third in power play points with nine.
-Loui Eriksson is fourth in the NHL in shooting percentage with 26.5%.

2015-2016 Milestones


NHL Debuts:
10/8 vs. WPG: Joonas Kemppainen
10/10 vs. MTL: Colin Miller
10/14 @ COL: Tommy Cross
10/14 @ COL: Tyler Randell
11/7 @MTL: Frank Vatrano

First NHL Goal
10/14 @ COL: Tyler Randell
10/23 @ NYI: Joonas Kemppainen
11/3 vs. DAL: Colin Miller
11/7 @ MTL: Frank Vatrano

First NHL Assist
10/14 @ COL: Colin Miller

Games Played Milestone

-Zdeno Chara played in his 1,200th NHL game on 10/23 at NYI
-Kevan Miller played in his 100th NHL game on 11/5 at WSH
-Adam McQuaid played in his 300th game on 11/17 vs. SJS
-Dennis Seidenberg played in his 700th NHL game on 11/17 vs. SJS
-David Krejci NHL 3rd Star for the month of October
-Brad Marchand NHL 1st Star for the week ending 11/1
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