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Bruins Week Ahead: March 12-18

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


CASINO NIGHT: Want to hit the blackjack tables with Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and your other favorite Bruins players? Join the Boston Bruins Foundation as it hosts its annual “Casino Night” featuring the current Bruins roster and Bruins alumni on Saturday, March 12 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Westin Boston Waterfront (425 Summer Street, Boston, MA). At “Casino Night” fans will have the opportunity to play at casino tables alongside their favorite current and former Bruins players. Tickets can be purchased at www.bostonbruins.com/casinonight. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around Town” section in the Week Ahead.

ALL NEW BRUINS ACADEMY: Tune in to Episode 4 on March 12 to see Brad Marchand answer questions from young fans, get healthy eating advice from Patrice Bergeron and team nutritionist Julie Nicoletti, learn the difference between hockey and figure skates and take a visit to Dartmouth College, the alma mater of new B’s forward Lee Stempniak. Bruins Academy is a fast-paced, educational, Black & Gold-themed program created for youth who love the game of hockey. One 30-minute episode will air per month on NESN, and the first three episodes can be viewed on www.BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins mobile app.
Watch the latest episode here: https://www.nhl.com/bruins/video/bruins-academy-episode-3/t-277463860/c-41391903

CUTS FOR A CAUSE: Bruins Forward Patrice Bergeron is teaming up with 98.5 The Sports Hub and members of the 2015-16 Bruins roster for the ninth annual "Cuts for a Cause" event to raise money to fight pediatric cancer on Wednesday, March 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (VIP session: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.) at the Westin Boston Waterfront. Bergeron and his teammates will have their heads shaved by auction winners to show their support and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. The full roster of participating Bruins will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around Town” section in the Week Ahead.

STAT OF THE WEEK I: The Bruins are the only team in the NHL with six different players who have scored 45 points or more this season: Patrice Bergeron (61), Brad Marchand (54), David Krejci (51), Loui Eriksson (50), Lee Stempniak (47) and Ryan Spooner (45). Colorado and Dallas have the next-most with five players each with 45 points or more in 2015-16.

STAT OF THE WEEK II:
Following their matchup against the Islanders at TD Garden on March 12, the Bruins will have played 21 games since the start of February (40 days), compiling a 12-5-3 record thus far. Only two teams (Washington and Edmonton) will have played as many games as the Bruins over that span, with the Capitals producing a 14-5-1 record and the Oilers producing a 8-10-2 record. The Bruins’ 27 points since February 1 are the third-most in the NHL, and their 62 goals are the second-most in the league over that time period.

STAT OF THE WEEK III: Since the trade deadline, when they acquired Lee Stempniak and John-Michael Liles, the Bruins have the most points in the NHL (10) and have not suffered a regulation loss (4-0-2).

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Jonas Gustavsson on his messy water bottle experience on March 8 during the game against Tampa Bay…
“The new one comes in pretty hot. I don’t know who sent it, but it came in with some speed.”

TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 26):

@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): John-Michael Liles still has a chance to play 83 games this season. For you novices, there are only 82 games in a NHL season.

BRUINS OWNER JEREMY JACOBS TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE MA HOCKEY HALL OF FAME: The Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame announced that they will induct Jeremy Jacobs, Bruins Owner and Chairman of Delaware North, into the 21st Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame class. The fellow inductees include David A. Jensen, Stephen Palmacci and Jack Parker. They will be joining a roster of past and current hockey greats recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to the sport of ice hockey in Massachusetts. The ceremony and dinner will be held the evening of Saturday, June 18, 2016.

CLAUDE JULIEN BECOMES BOSTON’S ALL-TIME COACHING WINS LEADER:
With the Bruins’ 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night, Head Coach Claude Julien passed Art Ross to become Boston’s all-time coaching wins leader in the club's 92-year history with 388 victories. Julien is now 389-216-86 in 691 games behind the Boston bench.

SEASON TICKET HOLDER NEWS: The Boston Bruins announced Monday, March 7, that current Season Ticket Holders are now able to renew their Season Tickets for the 2016-2017 NHL Season. All current Season Ticket Holders who own tickets for personal use will see no increase in price for next season, while there will be an increase for accounts that are held by known high-volume re-sellers. The pricing strategy has been developed in an effort to reward the Bruins’ most committed fan base with the greatest benefit, pricing which is on average 49% below single game box office pricing.

NESN 7th PLAYER: Now’s your chance to vote for the Boston Bruin who has performed above and beyond expectations. Previous winners include David Pastrnak (2015), Brad Marchand (2011), Tuukka Rask (2010) and David Krejci (2009). Cast your vote and enter for a chance to win a three-year lease on a 2016 Jeep Renegade Sport, courtesy of Central Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM and Central Auto Team. Vote here: http://nesn.com/2016/02/2016-7th-player-award-sweepstakes/.

BRUINS ALUMNI GAME IN STONEHAM: On Sunday, March 13 the Boston Bruins Alumni will play in a benefit game for the Stoneham Boys and Girls Club. The team will face off against the Dough Boys at the Stoneham Arena. Ed Sandford will be coaching the Bruins Alumni, which will include Rick Middleton, Ken Linseman, and Dave Shaw amongst others. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around Town” section in the Week Ahead.

BOSTON BRUINS STREET HOCKEY PRESENTED BY FRIENDLY’S: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and the Youth Hockey Development team will visit the Melrose Family YMCA on Monday, March 14 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua on Wednesday, March 16 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. to donate street hockey equipment and host a clinic for children from the community. The clinic will teach kids fundamentals such as stickhandling, passing, and shooting, and conclude with a scrimmage. Blades will be on hand to participate in the clinic, sign autographs, and take pictures. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around Town” section in the Week Ahead.

BOSTON BRUINS AND VELCRO PRESENT BATTLE OF THE BOOKS:
The Boston Bruins are teaming up with Velcro Companies to introduce the “Battle of the Books” competition. Classrooms in schools across New England will compete in a playoff-style bracket competition to see which book will reign supreme. The Boston Bruins and Velcro Companies hope to encourage reading amongst kids of all ages through this fun and engaging competition featuring Bruins-themed and VELCRO® Brand prizes. Each participating classroom will select sixteen books to start their bracket then select their favorite books to advance to the next round and eventually name a “Battle of the Books” winner. Boston Bruins players nominated their favorite books to give classrooms a few ideas to start their bracket. A full list of the Bruins recommended books can be found at BostonBruins.com/battleofthebooks.

NEW BOSTON BRUINS PROSPECT PAGE: The Boston Bruins have created a page solely dedicated to prospects in the Bruins organization. Keep up with the latest news and find all of their schedules and statistics at: www.BostonBruins.com/prospects.

PROSPECTS HONORED: Bruins prospects Frank Vatrano and Danton Heinen were each honored this past week for their outstanding performance on the ice. Vatrano was selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending March 6, as he scored four goals and added an assist in three games last week as the Providence Bruins earned five of a possible six standings points against their closest Atlantic Division rivals. Heinen, a sophomore forward at Denver, was named to the All-National Collegiate Hockey Conference First Team. The 2014 Bruins draft pick, who was both an NCHC All-Rookie Team and Second-Team All-Conference selection last season, was the top vote-getter at forward with 37 points and 12 of a possible 14 first-place votes.

BEHIND THE B: To catch up on Episodes 1–10 of Behind the B presented by ALEX AND ANI, head to www.bostonbruins.com/behindtheb. There will be a total of 13 episodes that are slated to air throughout the 2015-16 season and will be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native Denis Leary.
Watch the latest episode here: https://www.nhl.com/bruins/video/behind-the-b-season-3-episode-10/t-277463846/c-42090303

Remaining Behind the B Season 3 Air Dates on NESN:
Episode 11: Monday, March 14 at 8 p.m.
Episode 12: Wednesday, March 30 at 8 p.m.
Episode 13: TBD
*Air dates and times are subject to change

BRUINS ON SOCIAL: If you don’t already, be sure to follow the Boston Bruins on all social channels:
Twitter: @NHLBruins
Facebook: Boston Bruins
Snapchat: bruinsnhl
Instagram: nhlbruins

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 $21,000 for the Bruins Foundation.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY JERSEYS, T-SHIRTS & HATS:
The all-new Bruins St. Patrick's Day jersey is now available. This jersey features tartan plaid striping on the shoulders and arms. Additional St. Patrick's Day gear, including an exclusive $10 St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirt, pucks, hats, and more, is also available at the ProShop powered by Reebok located on Level 2 of TD Garden and on www.BostonProShop.com.

BRUINS LAST MINUTE PASS:
New this season, the Bruins will be releasing select tickets starting at just $50 on game days. The only way to get immediate access to these seats is to sign up for Bruins Last Minute Pass, text back YES, and you’ll be the first to receive this special offer via text on game days. To get on the list, visit www.BostonBruins.com/pass.  

LIMITED INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AVAILABLE:
Be part of the live action of Boston Bruins hockey during the final homestretch of the 2015-16 regular season. Individual game tickets for upcoming home games are available now, including this Saturday’s matchup against the New York Islanders at 1:00 p.m. The first 5,000 fans in the door will receive a Bruins St. Patricks’ Day hat, courtesy of TD Bank. To purchase tickets for all other upcoming home games visit www.BostonBruins.com/tickets.

DENNA LAING & BOSTON BRUINS CHARITY KNIT HAT:
Show your support for Denna Laing with a Denna Laing & Boston Bruins Charity Knit Hat featuring the Bruins 2016 NHL Winter Classic logo and Denna’s number, 24.  All net proceeds will benefit the Denna Laing Fund.  To place your order, visit www.BostonProShop.com or stop by the ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 of TD Garden.

APRIL VACATION MINI CAMP:
The Boston Bruins and Pro Ambitions have teamed up to host the second annual Boston Bruins April Vacation Mini Camp, taking place at Phillips Academy’s Harrison Rink in Andover, MA from April 19-21. To register or to learn more, visit www.BostonBruins.com/YouthHockey.
 
BRUINS SUITES:
Enjoy your next Bruins game in the comfort of your own suite! Limited Bruins suites are available for upcoming games that include food and beverage packages. Accommodating 18 to 60 fans, suites are the ideal spot to catch the game with a group and feature private amenities and more. For additional information, visit www.BostonBruins.com/suiterentals or call 617-624-1847.

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 a.m. to 2 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 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 a.m. to 10 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 New York Islanders on March 12, the San Jose Sharks on March 15 and the Anaheim Ducks on March 18. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

3/12 vs. New York Islanders, 1 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
3/15 at San Jose Sharks, 7 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
3/18 at Anaheim Ducks, 7 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

OFF THE ICE & AROUND TOWN…


BRUINS ALUMNI GAME IN STONEHAM

WHAT: On Sunday, March 13 the Boston Bruins Alumni will play in a benefit game for the Stoneham Boys and Girls Club. The team will face off against the Dough Boys at the Stoneham Arena, 101 Montvale Ave. in Stoneham, MA at 4 p.m. Ed Sandford will be coaching the Bruins Alumni, which will include Rick Middleton, Ken Linseman, and Dave Shaw amongst others. Tickets will be available at the door.
WHEN: Sunday, March 13 at 4 p.m.
WHERE: Stoneham Arena, 101 Montvale Ave. in Stoneham, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Rick Middleton, Ken Linseman, Dave Shaw and more

BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION CASINO NIGHT

WHAT: The Boston Bruins Foundation will host their annual Casino Night featuring the current Bruins roster and Bruins alumni on Saturday, March 12 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Westin Boston Waterfront. At “Casino Night” fans will have the opportunity to play at casino tables alongside their favorite current and former Bruins players. Tickets can be purchased by visiting: bostonbruins.com/casinonight. Ticket costs include $1,000 worth of chips for casino games, but do not hold any cash value. The event will include both a silent and a live auction including event tickets, gift certificates and more. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend. All proceeds from Casino Night will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.
TICKET INFORMATION:
VIP - 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: VIP tickets are $400 and include a pre-event meet and greet with the current players. Take the opportunity to get your picture taken with your favorite Bruins players and mingle with current players and alumni; cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

General Admission - 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.: General Admission tickets are $250 and include access to the event, food and wine, and the opportunity to play casino games such as poker, blackjack and roulette alongside your favorite current and former Bruins players.

After Dark Admission - 9 p.m.-12 a.m.: After Dark Admission tickets are $75 and include your favorite casino games and live music.
WHEN: Saturday, March 12 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
WHERE: Westin Boston Waterfront (425 Summer Street, Boston, MA)
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Entire current Bruins roster

BOSTON BRUINS STREET HOCKEY PRESENTED BY FRIENDLY’S

WHAT: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and the Youth Hockey Development team will visit the Melrose Family YMCA on Monday, March 14 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. to donate street hockey equipment and host a clinic for children from the community. The clinic will teach kids fundamentals such as stickhandling, passing, and shooting, and conclude with a scrimmage. Blades will be on hand to participate in the clinic, sign autographs, and take pictures.
WHEN: Monday, March 14, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
WHERE: Melrose Family YMCA, 497 Main Street, Melrose, MA

BOSTON BRUINS STREET HOCKEY PRESENTED BY FRIENDLY’S

WHAT: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and the Youth Hockey Development team will visit the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua on Wednesday, March 16 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. to donate street hockey equipment and host a clinic for children from the community. The clinic will teach kids fundamentals such as stickhandling, passing, and shooting, and conclude with a scrimmage. Blades will be on hand to participate in the clinic, sign autographs, and take pictures.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, 1 Positive Place, Nashua, NH

CUTS FOR A CAUSE

WHAT: Bruins Forward Patrice Bergeron is teaming up with 98.5 The Sports Hub and members of the 2015-16 Bruins roster for the ninth annual "Cuts for a Cause" event to raise money to fight pediatric cancer on Wednesday, March 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (VIP session: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.) at the Westin Boston Waterfront. Bergeron and his teammates will have their heads shaved by auction winners to show their support and raise money for the Boston Bruins Foundation and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Westin Boston Waterfront (425 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210)
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: The full roster of participating Bruins will be announced in the coming weeks

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, March 12 (Boston, MA)
-Game vs. New York Islanders, 1 p.m.
-Casino Night, 5 p.m. at Westin Boston Waterfront (425 Summer Street, Boston, MA)

Sunday, March 13 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11 a.m.

Monday, March 14 (Boston, MA / San Jose, CA)
-Team travels to San Jose, CA
-Practice at SAP Center, 3 p.m. local time

Tuesday, March 15 (San Jose, CA / Los Angeles, CA)
-Morning Skate at 11:30 a.m. local time
-Game at San Jose Sharks, 7 p.m. local time
-Team travels to Los Angeles, CA

Wednesday, March 16
-TBD

Thursday, March 17 (Los Angeles, CA)
-Practice at Toyota Sports Center, 1 p.m. local time

Friday, March 18 (Los Angeles, CA)
-Morning Skate at 11:30 a.m. local time
-Game at Anaheim Ducks, 7 p.m. local time

Saturday, March 19 (Lost Angeles, CA)
-Morning Skate at 11:30 a.m. local time
-Game at Los Angeles Kings, 7:30 p.m. local time

Sunday, March 20 (Los Angeles, CA / Boston, MA)
-Team travels to Boston, MA

2015-16 STATISTICS


SPECIAL TEAMS:
Boston’s power play is ranked eighth in the NHL, going 42-for-198 (21.2%). The Bruins’ penalty kill is 82.2%, good for tenth best in the league. Currently, the Bruins are ranked first in the NHL in shorthanded goals against with only one in 69 games. They are ranked fifth in shorthanded goals for with eight in 69 games.

2015-16 STATISTICAL LEADERS


Goals
1. B. Marchand, 34
2. P. Bergeron, 28
3. L. Eriksson, 25
4. L. Stempniak, 17
5. D. Krejci, 14

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 37
T2. R. Spooner, 33
T2. P. Bergeron, 33
4. T. Krug, 31
5. L. Stempniak, 30

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 61
2. B. Marchand, 54
3. D. Krejci, 51
4. L. Eriksson, 50
5. L. Stempniak, 47

Plus/Minus
1. B. Marchand, +22
2. K. Miller, +16
3. M. Beleskey, +15
4. P. Bergeron, +14
5. L. Eriksson, +13

Penalty Minutes
1. B. Marchand, 86
2. Z. Rinaldo, 83
3. A. McQuaid, 72
T4. M. Beleskey, 52
T4. Z. Chara, 52

NHL Leaders
-Patrice Bergeron is ranked 13th in individual scoring with 28+33=61 totals, ranked 12th in goals with 28 in 67 games, 15th in power play goals with 10, 10th in power play points with 23 and tenth in shots with 230.
-Brad Marchand is ranked third in the NHL in goals with 34, third in shorthanded goals with four, first in shorthanded points with six, ninth in plus/minus with +22 and 15th in shooting percentage with 16.4%.
-Ryan Spooner is tied for first in the NHL in shootout game-deciding goals with three.
-Loui Eriksson is ranked tenth in shooting percentage with 25 goals on 147 shots (17.0%).
-Tuukka Rask is ranked seventh in the NHL among goaltenders in shutouts with four in 53 games played.

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
3/1 vs. CGY: Noel Acciari

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
11/23 @ TOR: Landon Ferraro
11/25 @ DET: Frank Vatrano
12/5 @ VAN: Joe Morrow

NHL Points
12/29 vs. OTT: Torey Krug 100th NHL point
2/20 at DAL: Patrice Bergeron 600th NHL point

NHL Goals:
2/13 at MIN: Loui Eriksson 200th NHL goal

Bruins Stars
-David Krejci named third star of the month for October
-Brad Marchand named first star of the week for the week ending November 1
-Brad Marchand named third star of the week for the week ending February 14

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 NHL game on 11/17 vs. SJS
-Dennis Seidenberg played in his 700th NHL game on 11/17 vs. SJS
-Brad Marchand played in his 400th NHL game on 12/5 at VAN
-Jimmy Hayes played his 200th NHL game on 12/26 vs. BUF
-Torey Krug played in his 200th NHL game on 1/11 at NYR
-Ryan Spooner played in his 100th NHL game on 1/16 vs. TOR
-Tuukka Rask played in his 300th NHL game on 1/21 vs. VAN
-Loui Eriksson played in his 700th NHL game on 2/16 at COL
-David Krejci played in his 600th NHL game on 2/20 at DAL
-Patrice Bergeron played in his 800th NHL game on 2/26 at CAR

NHL All-Star Team
-Patrice Bergeron named to the 2016 NHL All-Star Team

Coaching Milestone
-Head Coach Claude Julien coached his 900th game on 1/8 at NJD
-Head Coach Claude Julien won his 500th NHL game on 2/13 at MIN
-Head Coach Claude Julien passed Art Ross for the most wins in Bruins history (388) on 3/7 vs. FLA

Franchise Record
-The Boston Bruins recorded their 3,000th win as a franchise on 1/8 at NJD
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