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Bruins Week Ahead: 12.3 - 1.06

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

DECEMBER 31 – JANUARY 7

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS...
ROAD TRIP ROLLS ON: With five out of a possible six points through the first three games of their season long road trip, the Bruins head north to Buffalo to face the Sabres on New Year’s Day (7:00 p.m. TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub). After Saturday’s game, the Bruins will wrap up the road swing with a game against the Maple Leafs on Monday, January 3 (7:00 p.m., TV: NESN, Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub).

STINGY D: The Bruins goaltending tandem of Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask have surrendered just 73 goals this season in 36 games. This is by far the lowest goals allowed total in the league, as the next closest duos are Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider of Vancouver and Tomas Vokoun and Scott Clemmensen of Florida who each have given up 88.

SHOW AND TELL: Bruins forward Milan Lucic will appear as the “Show and Tell” subject of James and Cameron Reardon at the Hatherly School in Scituate, MA on Tuesday, January 4. Lucic will arrive at the elementary school at 1:45 p.m. to meet the Reardon brothers and their classmates. The boys will introduce Lucic to the class for “Show and Tell,” and the students will have the opportunity to ask Lucic a variety of questions. Each student will also receive a Bruins gift pack. Once the school day ends, Lucic will visit the Reardon home for a meet-and-greet and photo-op with the whole Reardon family. The address can be found in the Around Town section below.

NEW YEAR’S NOTES: Take a look at the Bruins record on December 31 each of the last four seasons:

December 31, 2010: 20-11-5, 45 pts, 1st in Northeast Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference
2009: 20-12-7, 47 pts, 2nd in Northeast Division, 5th in Eastern Conference
2008: 28-5-4, 60 pts, 1st in Northeast Division, 1st in Eastern Conference
2007: 19-16-4, 42 pts, 3rd in Northeast Division, 9th in Eastern Conference

FLUTO’S TAKE: Here’s Boston Globe beat writer Fluto Shinzawa’s breakdown of the club’s road trip thus far:

“Three games in to the road trip now and they’ve gotten better each game. It’s a shame they didn’t get the result they wanted Thursday night in Atlanta because that was probably their best game of the trip. Encouraging that they have gotten better each game, any coach would take five out of six points on the road.

Looking ahead, you would certainly think that Tuukka would get some action, if not in Buffalo then definitely in Toronto. With two shootouts in the last three games, Thomas has played well but I think he could get a breather. Tuukka has fared well against both Buffalo and Toronto in the past.”

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 battling cancer and their families. 

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 feature Michael Hutchinson and Jared Knight.

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: ESPN Boston’s James Murphy on December 31: @Murphy’sLaw74 “A year ago I was watching the Bruins n Flyers practice on the Fenway Park rink in the snow. Easily one of the greatest moments of my career!”

AROUND TOWN...
WHAT: GO RED HOSPITAL VISIT 
On Tuesday, January 4, Tuukka Rask and Mark Stuart will be visiting pediatric cardiology patients at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in support of the Bruins Go Red initiative. The Bruins will be hosting Heart Health night on Wednesday, January 20 during the Bruins/Sabres game at 7:00 p.m.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 4 from 1:30 p.m.– 2:30 p.m. (Time is subject to change based on Bruins practice)
WHERE: Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, 755 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Tuukka Rask and Mark Stuart

WHAT: “SHOW AND TELL” WITH MILAN LUCIC
Bruins forward Milan Lucic will appear as the “Show and Tell” of James and Cameron Reardon at the Hatherly School in Scituate, MA on Tuesday, January 4. Lucic will arrive at the elementary school at 1:45 p.m. to meet the Reardon brothers and their classmates. The boys will introduce Lucic to the class for “Show and Tell,” and the students will have the opportunity to ask Lucic a variety of questions. Each student will also receive a Bruins gift pack. Once the school day ends, Lucic will visit the Reardon home for a meet-and-greet and photo-op with the whole Reardon family.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 4 beginning at 1:45 p.m.
WHERE: Hatherly School, 72 Ann Vinal Road, Scituate, MA  02066
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Milan Lucic

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: Tuesday, January 4 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Brad Marchand and Johnny Boychuk and Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin

WHAT: SEGUIN VISIT TO SPAULDING REHABILITATION HOSPITAL
Tyler Seguin will be visiting pediatric patients at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on Wednesday, January 5 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. While at the hospital, Seguin will play a variety of video games with the patients as part of their therapy.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 5 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Time is subject to change based on Bruins practice)
WHERE: Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 125 Nashua Street, Boston, MA 02114
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.
-All times are local

Saturday, January 1 (Buffalo, NY/ Toronto, ON)
-Morning skate, HSBC Arena, 11:30 a.m.
-Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres, HSBC Arena, 7:00 p.m.
-Travel to Toronto

Sunday, January 2 (Toronto, ON)
-Practice, Mastercard Centre, 11:00 a.m. (400 Kipling Ave. Etobicoke, ON M8V3L1)

Monday, January 3 (Toronto, ON/ Boston, MA)
-Morning skate, Air Canada Centre, 11:30 a.m.
-Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Air Canada Center, 7:00 p.m.
-Travel to Boston

Tuesday, January 4 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 12:15 p.m.

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

Thursday, January 6 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Minnesota Wild, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, January 7 (Boston, MA/ Montreal, QC)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.
-Travel to Montreal, QC

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 1, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. on NESN:

- 'Behind the B' Naoko Funayama with Gregory Campbell
- 'Presidential Address' Naoko Funayama with Claude Julien
- Brian Gionta Feature
- Reebok's Winter Classic Gear
- Bruins Holiday Toy Delivery

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, December 31)
Goals
1. M. Lucic, 16
t2. N. Horton, 11
t2. M. Ryder, 11
4. B. Wheeler, 9
5. P. Bergeron, 8

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 18
2. P. Bergeron, 15
3. M. Recchi, 14
4. N. Horton, 13
5. D. Seidenberg, 12

Points
1. M. Lucic, 27
2. D. Krejci, 25
3. N. Horton, 24
t4. P. Bergeron, 23
t4. M. Ryder, 23

Plus/Minus
1. A. Ference, +16
t2. N. Horton, +15
t2. Z. Chara, +15
4. M. Lucic, +13
5. D. Krejci, +11

Penalty Minutes
1. S. Thornton, 62
2. M. Lucic, 58
t3. G. Campbell, 44
t3. A. Ference, 44
5. Z. Chara, 35
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