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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

NOVEMBER 4 – NOVEMBER 11

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:
CONFERENCE LEADERS ON DECK, FIVE GAME HOMESTAND FOLLOWS: The B’s will play both Conference leaders in the coming week, as they visit the Eastern Conference leading Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night, November 5 and then host the Western Conference leading Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, November 10. The Leafs Phil Kessel currently leads the NHL in scoring with 20 points on ten goals and ten assists while linemate Joffrey Lupul ranks third with 16 points on eight goals and eight assists. The Oil have a balanced offensive attack paced by their young guns Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall as well as veteran Ryan Smyth. Smyth and Nugent-Hopkins are tied for the team lead in scoring with 11 points apiece while Eberle and Hall are not far behind at 10 and nine points, respectively. Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin has been stellar in net and currently leads all goaltenders in Goals Against Average (0.98 GAA), is second in save percentage (.963) and has not been defeated in regulation (6-0-2 record).

After their visit to Toronto, the Bruins return home for the next five contests, including three next week. They host the New York Islanders on Monday, November 7, Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, November 10 and Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, November 12. All of these games have the same start time/broadcast info, as they all begin at 7 and can be watched on NESN and heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

BRUINS TO VISIT HOCKEY HALL OF FAME ON FRIDAY: The Bruins will visit the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Friday afternoon, November 4 for a full team autograph signing (10 Front Street West, Toronto, ON M5E) from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. The autograph signing is open to the public and free of charge with paid admission to the Hall (on a first come, first serve basis).

MO-VEMBER: Bruins Patrice Bergeron and Shawn Thornton will be leading the Mo-Vember fundraising for the Bruins this year, by maintaining mustaches throughout the month. Fans can visit the www.bostonbruins.com/movember page and learn how to donate to Bergeron and Thornton’s efforts or how to start their own Mo-vember fundraising page. BostonBruins.com will track the player’s progress throughout the month by adding photos regularly. All money collected will benefit prostate-cancer related research and funding.

FIVE B’S DONATE 5K EACH FOR TROOPS: Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic and Dennis Seidenberg will each donate $5,000 so that military members and their families can attend the Bruins/Devils game on Tuesday, November 15. November 15 is “Military Appreciation Night” at the Garden and the Bruins will honor military members and their families throughout the evening through a variety of activities.

ATTENDANCE NOTE: Including the Bruins/Sens game on Tuesday, the Bruins have now sold out their last 92 consecutive games at the TD Garden, including regular season and playoffs. This streak began on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK: The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa picks up his first Tweet of the Week of the season this week, for tweets ending Friday, November 4.  Here is the winner, which was in response to a follower who requested a follow up feature to his “life on the road as a traveling sportswriter/food fanatic” article:

@GlobeFluto: “Could write about time I got 2 meals at L’Express by mistake (awful French). Ate both.”

And here are this week’s runners up in no particular order:
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com) after the discipline on Patrick Kaleta was announced: “The entire NHL world weeps for Patrick Kaleta undoubtedly.”

@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog.net) “It must be November. Canadian media types writing about how Flames must trade Iginla – always a sign US Thanksgiving is around the corner.”

2011-12 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@ScottIsaacs (Scott Isaacs, WCVB), 1 (Week 1)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), 1 (Week 2)
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog), 1 (Week 3)
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), 1 (Week 4)

MEDIA AND FAN INFO LINE: The Boston Bruins Media and Fan Information Line (617.624.1910) has been experiencing intermittent problems. We apologize for the inconvenience. The practice schedule can always be confirmed on BostonBruins.com.

OFF THE ICE:

THOMAS STARS IN NEW DISCOVER COMMERCIAL: Discover launched two new national television ads Tuesday, October 8 featuring the popular Peggy character along with Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas and Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane. Both 30-second spots showcase each player’s frustration as they face some of the challenges consumers face when calling their card’s customer service departments. To see the ad, visit BostonBruins.com.

FULL 60 TO HISTORY: The Bruins official championship season commemorative book Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins is on presale now on BostonBruins.com/full60. Full 60 to History gives readers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access into the Bruins championship season. Beginning with the team “picking up the pieces” after their 2010 playoff exit against Philadelphia, continuing through Belfast, Prague, across North America and to Vancouver for the unforgettable locker room celebration on June 15, Full 60 to History provides content that has never been seen or heard before. Exclusive insight into the trades that Peter Chiarelli made (and didn’t make), intermission speeches from Head Coach Claude Julien, postgame talks that only those inside the locker room were privy to, the meaning behind the title of the book, and countless memorable conversations and moments of the 2010-11 season are all explained in full detail.

CROSS INSURANCE BECOMES FIRST PRACTICE PARTNER: The Boston Bruins announced on October 4 that Cross Insurance will be the first partner of the Bruins practice jerseys. In addition to the practice jerseys Cross Insurance will have a visible presence at the Bruins primary practice facility at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, MA.

WIN A STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP RING: The Boston Bruins Foundation will host a raffle where a lucky Bruins fan will win his or her own official Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Championship ring. The winner will also have the opportunity to have the ring personalized with his or her name. Raffle tickets are on sale now at www.bruinsraffles.org for $5.00 per ticket, with the net proceeds benefiting the Boston Bruins Foundation.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE
- (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.
-Practices at the TD Garden are closed to the public. Practices at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington are open to the public.

Saturday, November 5 (Toronto, ON/Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Air Canada Centre, 7:00 p.m. (40 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2X2)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

Sunday, November 6 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.

Monday, November 7 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD), RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Tuesday, November 8 (Boston, MA)
-Practice, TD Garden, 11:30 a.m. This session is closed to the public.

Wednesday, November 9 (Boston, MA)
-Practice, TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. This session is closed to the public.

Thursday, November 10 (Boston, MA)
-Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m. (100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD), RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Friday, November 11 (Boston, MA)
-Practice, TD Garden, 11:30 a.m. This session is closed to the public.
 
AROUND TOWN:
WHAT: BOBBY ORR BANNER RAISING CEREMONY JERSEY RAFFLE
The Boston Bruins Foundation is raffling off the jersey of Bruins legend Bobby Orr, who wore the jersey during the Stanley Cup banner raising ceremony on October 6, 2011. Tickets will be on sale until Friday, November 18. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased online at  www.bruinsraffles.org for $5.00 per ticket, with the net proceeds benefiting the Boston Bruins Foundation.
WHEN: The winner will be chosen at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18.
WHERE:   www.bruinsraffles.org

WHAT: MALDEN MAGIC VS SOMERVILLE POLICE CHARITY GAME
On Sunday, November 6 the Bruins mascot, Blades will be dropping by the charity hockey game between the Malden Magic and the Somerville Police Department. The Kennedy School PTA will be hosting the game and will be the game’s beneficiary.
WHEN: Sunday, November 6 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Veterans Rink, 570 Somerville Ave., Somerville, MA 01906
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot, Blades

WHAT: MILITARY APPRECIATION VISIT TO THE NEW ENGLAND CENTER FOR HOMELESS VETERANS
In support of Military Appreciation Night, Bruins players will be serving food to residents at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans on Tuesday, November 8. Bruins players Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic and Dennis Seidenberg each donated $5,000 to the Boston Bruins Foundation to purchase tickets for soldiers and their families to attend the Bruins Military Appreciation Night game against the New Jersey Devils on November 15 at 7:00 p.m.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 8 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
WHERE:  New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St, Boston, MA  02108
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic and Dennis Seidenberg

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 youth hockey players between the ages of 8 and 12 basic hockey skills. All participants receive a jersey and gift bag. TD Bank also presents each hosting youth hockey organization with a $1,000 donation.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 8 from 7:20 p.m. – 8:50 p.m.
WHERE: Hobomock Arena, 132 Hobomock St Pembroke, MA 02359
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Jordan Caron and Steven Kampfer

WHAT: GOAL! CLINIC PRESENTED BY AT&T
G.O.A.L! (Get Out And Learn) provides children ages 4-9 new to the sport of hockey with free skating and hockey instruction. All of the hockey equipment including skates and helmets are provided at no cost.
WHEN: Friday, November 11 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Asiaf Arena, 479 Forest Ave, Brockton, MA 02301
BRUINS PARTICIPATING:  Bruins alumni Tommy Songin

WHAT: MO-VEMBER:
During November each year, Mo-vember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. Patrice Bergeron and Shawn Thornton will lead the Bruins efforts online at www.bostonbruins.com/movember
WHEN: Throughout the month of November
WHERE: www.bostonbruins.com/movember
BRUINS PARTCIPATING: Patrice Bergeron and Shawn Thornton
 
BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, November 4)

Goals
T1. M. Lucic, 4 
T1. T. Seguin, 4
T3. P. Bergeron, 3
T3. C. Kelly, 3
T3. R. Peverley, 3

Assists
1. T. Seguin, 7
2. Z. Chara, 5
T3. A. Ference, 4
T3. P. Bergeron, 4
T3. M. Lucic, 4
T3. C. Kelly, 4

Points
1. T. Seguin, 11
2. M. Lucic, 8
T3. P. Bergeron, 7
T3. C. Kelly, 7
T5. Z. Chara, 6
T5. R. Peverley, 6

Plus/Minus
1. T. Seguin, +8
T2. J. Boychuk, +3
T2. Z. Chara, +3
T2. C. Kelly +3
T5. P. Bergeron, +2
T5. S. Kampfer, +2
T5. M. Lucic, +2
T5. B. Marchand, +2

Penalty Minutes
1. B. Marchand, 31
2. Z. Chara, 29
3. N. Horton, 26
4. S. Thornton, 20
T5. G. Campbell, 16
T5. M. Lucic, 16

BRUINS ON THE NHL LEADERBOARD:

Tyler Seguin is tied for fourth in the NHL in Plus/Minus with +8. 

The 2011-2012 Boston Bruins season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.
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