THIS WEEK'S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
STAT OF THE WEEK: The Bruins have outshot their opponents 1,292-1,033 in 38 games this season, good for the NHL lead in shots-on-goal differential (+259). The Bruins have a 109-shot advantage on the Los Angeles Kings, the second-ranked team in shots on goal differential (+150).
Only three teams recorded a shots-on-goal differential greater than +259 over the course of last year's 82-game season (Los Angeles Kings, +371, Pittsburgh Penguins, +286, Nashville Predators, +265).
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "The really good thing was that we battled back in the second, and then in the third, we just took it to them, again. We weren't afraid to lose the game. We wanted to win and we showed it." - Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask on Thursday night's victory over Buffalo.
TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 16): @Tim_Rosenthal (Tim Rosenthal, Bruins Daily): "Is now a good time to remind people that the USA and Russia are indeed going to battle...in the World Juniors?"
2016-17 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD:
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Week 5, Week 8, Week 9, Week 12
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, WEEI.com): Week 3, Week 11, Week 13
@GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul DuPont, Boston Globe): Week 1, Week 2
@DaleEArnold (Dale Arnold, NESN): Week 7, Week 15
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE): Week 4
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, CSNNE.com): Week 6
@michaelFhurley (Michael Hurley, CBS Boston Sports): Week 10
@MattKalman (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Week 14
@Tim_Rosenthal (Tim Rosenthal, Bruins Daily): Week 16
UPCOMING GAMES AND BROADCAST INFORMATION:
Saturday, December 31, Bruins vs. Sabres, TD Garden, 1 p.m., TV - NESN, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
Monday, January 2, Bruins at Devils, Prudential Center, 7 p.m., TV - NESN, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
Thursday, January 5, Bruins vs. Oilers, TD Garden, 7 p.m., TV - NESN, Radio - 98.5 The Sports Hub
BEHIND THE B: The New England Emmy Award winning series Behind the B has returned for its fourth season. Behind The B, which is narrated by Worcester, MA native Denis Leary, gives fans an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Bruins players, coaches and front office throughout the 2016-17 season. In this season's latest episode, the B's skate with their families for the holidays and the entire team brings toys to children in local Boston area hospitals. You can watch the previous episode by clicking here.
Season 4, Episode 7: Thursday, January 12, 6:30 p.m.
BRUINS ACADEMY: Step your game up by tuning into the all-new TV series, Bruins Academy, created specifically for kids who love hockey. Hosted by Emmy award-winning sports personality Charlie Moore and B's Reporter Caryn Switaj, the show will take you up-close and personal with your favorite Bruins players. One 30-minute episode will air per month on NESN, and the first 12 episodes can be viewed on BostonBruins.com/BruinsAcademy and on the Bruins mobile app. In the most recent episode, the Bruins host Military Appreciation Night, Dan Vladar talks about his first taste of pro hockey, and the scouting of NHL referees is explained. Watch the latest episode by clicking here.
BRUINS ACADEMY KIDS APP: Bruins Academy is part of the Bruins' ongoing mission to encourage positive youth development through the sport of hockey. To join the club, download the new mobile app designed specifically for kids called Bruins Academy presented by Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The app has built-in safety features that provide a safe experience for kids to connect with each other and their favorite team. In the new Bruins Academy app, kids can explore exclusive team content, create their own avatar, learn educational tips, test their trivia skills, and participate in challenges.
Follow along on TV with the new Bruins Academy TV series. Hosted by Emmy award-winning sports personality Charlie Moore and B's Reporter Caryn Switaj will take you up-close and personal with your favorite Bruins players. Learn the latest tips directly from the pros, find out how players are just like you, and discover why hockey is the best sport in the world! Season 2 will premiere on January 8 at 3:30 p.m. on NESN. To learn more or to catch up on past episodes, check out http://www.BostonBruins.com/BruinsAcademy.
MORNING SKATES AT WARRIOR ICE ARENA: On game days this season, the Bruins' morning skates will be held at Warrior Ice Arena (90 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135). Pregame media availability for Head Coach Claude Julien and players will also be held at Warrior Ice Arena. There will be no additional pregame media availability at TD Garden. Please contact a member of the Bruins Communications Staff for schedule updates throughout the year.
GROUP TICKETS: Gather your group of ten or more together and take advantage of discounted group pricing - saving you and your group up to 0 per person. To learn more or to purchase your group tickets visit www.BostonBruins.com/Groups.
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: Select tickets are still available for loge and balcony seats to watch the Bruins take on the Buffalo Sabres this Saturday, December 31. Puck drops at 1 p.m. at TD Garden. The B's will be back Thursday, January 5 to play the Edmonton Oilers at 7 p.m. for their first home game of the New Year. To purchase, visit www.BostonBruins.com/Tickets.
BRUINS SUITES: If you want to watch the B's from your own private suite, some are still available for upcoming home games - accommodating 18 to 60 fans, each suite has in-house catering and exclusive views of the ice. For additional information, visit www.BostonBruins.com/SuiteRentals or call 617-624-1847.
SKATE & SKI: Bruins fans who love to ski, get the best of both worlds this winter. The Bruins have teamed up with Loon Mountain and 98.5 The Sports Hub to offer you 9 tickets to select games October through December and receive a complimentary ski ticket pass to Loon Mountain, New England's most accessible mountain. To purchase tickets, visit www.BostonBruins.com/SkateandSki.
BOBBY ORR 50th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION: This season we celebrate Bobby Orr's 50th anniversary of joining the Boston Bruins. Celebrate this legend with his exclusive collection of hats, jerseys, jackets, and more at the ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 at TD Garden. This commemorative apparel is also available online at www.BostonProShop.com.
BOSTON'S TEAM SINCE 1924: Show your Bruins pride this season with the team's exclusive Boston's Team Since 1924 T-shirt only available at the ProShop powered by Reebok located on Level 2 at TD Garden. To shop the Boston's Team Since 1924 gear and view other authentic Bruins and Celtics gear, visit www.BostonProShop.com.
REEBOK CENTER ICE: With the B's regular season underway, make sure you are supporting Boston's Team with the latest Reebok Center Ice gear that matches the authentic players gear in the locker room. Visit www.BostonProShop.com to get yours today.
ALEX AND ANI: Have your loved one rep Boston's Team Since 1924 all year long by making Alex and Ani bracelets the perfect gift this holiday season. Special Buy One, Get One Free deal for both Bruins and Celtics bracelets while supplies last. Stop by the ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 of TD Garden to get yours today!
GEAR UP FOR WINTER IN BOSTON: Gear up for Boston's ice-cold winter with Black & Gold knits from the Boston Bruins. With a variety of knit hats, scarves, and gloves, The ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 of TD Garden is your source for the warmest authentic gear straight from the team. Check out the latest selection at www.BostonProShop.com
MEIGRAY: Want to bring home a piece of the Bruins? Meigray Group is the Bruins official game-worn jersey source, and the only place to go to get an authenticated game-worn jersey from your favorite Bruins player. Meigray takes Bruins jerseys right off the ice. Every jersey comes with a Bruins Meigray letter of authenticity. Get your game-worn jersey today by visiting www.Meigray.com.
BRUINS ON SOCIAL: If you don't already, be sure to follow the Boston Bruins on all social channels:
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OFF THE ICE & AROUND TOWN…
FIRST RESPONDER CHALLENGE: Know a Firefighter, Police Officer, or EMT? The Boston Bruins are looking for first responders to take part in the First Responder Challenge on Sunday, January 22, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Individuals or teams of 4-10 will participate in the in-arena TD Garden course that finishes on ice level. The team that raises the most funds for The 100 Club will be awarded the BFit Cup during the Bruins home game on Tuesday, February 28 against the Arizona Coyotes. Visit www.BostonBruins.com/FirstResponderChallenge to sign up.
BOSTON BRUINS SCHOOL ASSEMBLY PROGRAM POWERED BY BFIT: Are you struggling to find ways to inspire your kids and students to lead healthier lifestyles? The Boston Bruins have launched the Boston Bruins School Assembly Program powered by BFit where the Youth Hockey Department comes to your children's school to teach them the importance of being active and eating healthy. To register, visit http://www.BostonBruins.com/SchoolAssembly. Please notify school contacts if submitting on their behalf. Submitting a school does not guarantee a visit.
BOSTON BRUINS ALUMNI GAMES:
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 6 p.m. - The Bruins Alumni will faceoff against Team Renzi at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA. The game will benefit the Renzi Family Scholarship Fund named in honor of Mike Renzi, who was killed in a car accident in 2015 and had coached youth hockey in the Berkshire area for over 18 years. Tickets must be purchased in advance by contacting Deb Renzi at firstname.lastname@example.org and are 0.
Sunday, January 8, 2017, 1 p.m. - The team will travel to Springfield, MA for a game at the Olympia Ice Center. The game will benefit members of the Holy Name Youth Hockey Association. Tickets are and may be purchased at the door the day of the event. Making the trip and expected on the ice for both games are Terry O'Reilly, Rick Middleton, Glen Featherstone, and Bill Bennett, along with the rest of the Bruins Alumni team.
UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE & MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-(Warrior Ice Arena, 90 Guest Street, Brighton, MA, 02135)
-All times are local to where the practice or game is taking place
-Practices at Warrior Ice Arena are open to the public
-Schedule is subject to change
Saturday, December 31 (TD Garden, Boston, MA)
-No pregame skate
-Game vs. Buffalo Sabres, 1 p.m.
Sunday, January 1 (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Practice, 10 a.m.
-Travel to New Jersey
Monday, January 2 (Prudential Center, Newark, NJ)
-Pregame skate, 11:30 a.m.
-Game at New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, January 3
Wednesday, January 4 (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Practice, 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, January 5 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate, 10:30 a.m. (Warrior Ice Arena)
-Game vs. Edmonton Oilers, 7 p.m. (TD Garden)
Friday, January 6 (Warrior Ice Arena, Boston, MA)
-Practice, 10:30 a.m.
-Travel to Florida
Saturday, January 7 (BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL)
-Pregame skate, 11:30 a.m.
-Game at Florida Panthers, 7 p.m.
2016-17 BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS
1. D. Pastrnak, 19
2. B. Marchand, 10
3. D. Backes, 9
T-4. D. Krejci, 8
T-4. D. Moore, 8
1. B. Marchand, 20
2. T. Krug 19
3. D. Krejci, 16
4. R. Spooner, 11
5. D. Backes, 10
1. B. Marchand, 30
2. D. Pastrnak, 26
3. D. Krejci, 24
4. T. Krug, 20
5. D. Backes, 19
1. D. Pastrnak, 15
2. Z. Chara, 8
3. B. Marchand, 6
T-4. A. McQuaid, 5
T-4. D. Moore, 5
1. A. McQuaid, 38
2. B. Marchand, 36
3. D. Backes, 31
4. Z. Chara, 27
5. T. Krug, 24
-David Pastrnak is second in the NHL in goals (19) and tied for 13th in the NHL in plus/minus (+15),
-Brad Marchand is tied for 24th in the NHL in points (30) and 22nd in the NHL in assists (20)
-Tuukka Rask is tied for fourth in the NHL in wins (18), is third in the NHL in GAA (1.96), is eighth in the NHL Save % (.927), and is tied for second in the NHL in shutouts (4)
10/13 @ CBJ: Brandon Carlo
10/13 @ CBJ: Austin Czarnik
10/13 @ CBJ: Danton Heinen
10/13 @ CBJ: Rob O'Gara
10/25 vs. MIN: Zane McIntyre (1st NHL start: 10/26 @ NYR)
11/3 @ TBL: Sean Kuraly
12/3 @ BUF: Anton Blidh
12/14 @ PIT: Matt Grzelcyk
100th NHL Game:
10/17 @ WPG: David Pastrnak
1,300th NHL Game
12/14 @ PIT: Zdeno Chara
First NHL Goal:
10/17 @ WPG: Brandon Carlo
10/26 @ NYR: Austin Czarnik
12/20 vs. NYI: Anton Blidh
20,000th Bruins Goal:
11/22 vs. STL: David Backes
First NHL Assist:
10/13 @ CBJ: Brandon Carlo
11/7 vs. BUF: Austin Czarnik
12/7 @ WSH: Anton Blidh
100th NHL Assist:
11/22 vs. STL: Torey Krug
400th NHL Assist:
11/12 at ARI: Zdeno Chara
300th NHL Point:
11/1 @ FLA: Brad Marchand
400th Win as NHL Head Coach:
11/7 vs. BUF: Claude Julien