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Bruins Week Ahead

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

HOMESTAND ROLLS ON: Winners of four straight, the Bruins continue their season long five-game homestand this week with home tilts against the Buffalo Sabres (Saturday, November 12), New Jersey Devils (Tuesday, November 15) and Columbus Blue Jackets (Thursday, November 17). The B’s wrap up the week with a visit to the New York Islanders on Saturday, November 19 on Long Island.

Buffalo comes to town with 18 points, good for 7th in the Eastern Conference. Forward Thomas Vanek is currently tied for second in the NHL in goals with 10 and has a team best 18 points. Backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth has surprisingly put up better numbers than Ryan Miller during the early part of the season. Enroth is unbeaten in four decisions with a 4-0-0 record, 1.41 Goals Against and .952 Save Percentage, while Miller is off to a 5-5-0 start with a 2.74 GAA and .913 Save Percentage.

With 15 points, the Patrik Elias/Ilya Kovalchuk/Zach Parise-led New Jersey Devils are in 9th place in the East while struggling Columbus currently has the worst record in the league, as they have stumbled to a 2-12-1 record through their first 15 games.

All of these games have the same start time/broadcast info, as they all begin at 7 p.m. ET and can be watched on NESN and heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT: Tuesday’s game against the Devils is “Military Appreciation Night” at the TD Garden. Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic and Dennis Seidenberg have all donated $5,000 apiece so that military members and their families can attend the game. The Bruins will honor military members and their families throughout the evening through a variety of pregame, in-game and postgame activities.

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 page and learn how to donate to Bergeron and Thornton’s efforts or how to start their own Mo-vember fundraising page. will track the player’s progress throughout the month by adding photos regularly. All money collected will benefit prostate-cancer related research and funding.

RATINGS: Monday’s 6-2 win over the Islanders delivered a 5.2 household rating on NESN, the third highest regular season Bruins rating in network history. NESN’s average game rating so far this season has grown to a 3.6 household rating, up more than 40% over last year after the same number of games.

ALL STAR VOTING ON NHL.COM: Six B’s made the NHL all-star ballot, which was unveiled today: Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Nathan Horton, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Tim Thomas. Voting begins on on Monday, Nov. 14.

STREAKS EXTENDED: Bruins have won four in a row… Milan Lucic has goals in five straight games, a career best… Boston’s win over Edmonton was their 10th straight victory over the Oilers… Tyler Seguin has points in five straight games and goals in three straight games, both career longs… Brad Marchand has points in four straight games.

ATTENDANCE NOTE: Including the Bruins/Oilers game on Thursday, the Bruins have now sold out their last 94 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 goes back-to-back and leaps to the top of the Tweet of the Week leaderboard with his second straight win. Here is the winning tweet…

@GlobeFluto: “Huge asteroid (1/4 mile wide) to pass by Earth. Won’t hit. Known to astronomers as Komisarek.”

And here are this week’s runners up in no particular order:
@GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe) after the Bruins hung five goals on Leafs goaltender (and Cornell alum) Ben Scrivens: “Big Red for Scrivens Sat was light behind his net.”

@DouglasFlynn (Doug Flynn, during the Bruins/Oilers game: “Little disappointed in #Bruins. Took a whole 1:44 between those 2 goals. Better pick up pace, that's not supposed to take more than a minute.”

@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, “Ference won’t return. He has a case of the undisclosed.” And “NHL Draft fans will love tonight's Bruins/Oilers matchup. Two big names from same class: Zach Hamill vs. Sam Gagner.”

@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), 2 (Week 4, Week 5)
@ScottIsaacs (Scott Isaacs, WCVB), 1 (Week 1)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean,, 1 (Week 2)
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog), 1 (Week 3)

During the Bruins four-game win streak, they have scored a total of 24 goals. During the first 10 games of the season, which they compiled a 3-7-0 record, they scored a total of 22.

BOSTON BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT: The Bruins Communications Staff will distribute the first edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report this week. The Boston Bruins Prospect Report provides statistical information, news and notes on all players in the Bruins system.

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


THOMAS STARS IN NEW DISCOVER COMMERCIAL: Discover launched two new national television ads Tuesday, November 1 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

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 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 for $5.00 per ticket, with the net proceeds benefiting the Boston Bruins Foundation.

- (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 12 (Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. This session is not open to the public.
-Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres, 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

Sunday, November 13 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.

Monday, November 14 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, November 15 (Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. This session is not open to the public.
-Boston Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils, 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

Wednesday, November 16 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.s

Thursday, November 17 (Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, TD Garden, 10:30 a.m. This session is not open to the public.
-Boston Bruins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, 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 18 (Wilmington, MA/Long Island, NY)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 11:30 a.m.
-Travel to Long Island, NY
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 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.

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 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 $1,000 donation.
WHEN: Monday, November 14 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 pm.
WHERE: Driscoll Rink, 272 Elsbree St, Fall River, MA 02720
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni, Tommy Songin

The Boston Bruins will honor local military members, veterans, and their families at “Military Appreciation Night” presented by the Army National Guard of Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire on Tuesday, November 15. To show their support for the armed forces, Bruins players Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic and Dennis Seidenberg each purchased $5,000 worth of tickets to the Bruins/Devils game, which they gave to local military members and their families. The soldiers and their families will be honored throughout the game through photo montages on the Garden HDX, Zamboni rides and video messages, while a select few will have the chance to shake hands with the team as they leave the locker room during intermissions. The Bruins Pro Shop and the Fan Zone stores offer 10% off with a military ID at all times. In conjunction with Military Appreciation Night, all military will receive a 20% off discount on the day of the game. All in-game fundraising activities, as well as proceeds from the 50/50 raffle, will benefit the USO (United Service Organization).
WHEN: Tuesday, November 15 beginning at 7:00 p.m. and continuing throughout the Bruins/Devils contest
WHERE:  TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02113
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic and Dennis Seidenberg

On Wednesday, November 16 the Bruins mascot Blades will join Mayor Thomas M. Menino for the kick-off the Red Kettle season. The Red Kettle kick-off event will include singing carols, music from the Salvation Army Brass Ensemble and cookies and hot chocolate served from the Salvation Army’s emergency response units. The Salvation Army Red Kettle is a well-known holiday symbol. Red kettles will be seen throughout Massachusetts, even at the TD Garden and North Station. Last year $3.4 million was raised through kettles. The donations to the kettles are critical as they enable the Salvation Army to provide services throughout the year to those in need in every community in the state.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 16 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Downtown Crossing, near Macy’s (450 Washington St, Boston, MA 02228)
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot, Blades

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
WHEN: Throughout the month of November
BRUINS PARTCIPATING: Patrice Bergeron and Shawn Thornton
BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, November 11)

1. T. Seguin, 9
2. M. Lucic, 8
T3. N. Horton, 4
T3. B. Marchand, 4
T5. P. Bergeron, 3
T5. C. Kelly, 3
T5. D. Krejci, 3
T5. R. Peverley, 3

1. Z. Chara, 9
T2. P. Bergeron, 8
T2. T. Seguin, 8
4. J. Corvo, 7
T5. N. Horton, 6
T5. M. Lucic, 6

1. T. Seguin, 17
2. M. Lucic, 14
3. P. Bergeron, 11
T4. N. Horton, 10
T4. Z. Chara, 10

1. T. Seguin, +11
T2. C. Kelly +6
T2. M. Lucic, +6
T2. P. Bergeron, +6
T2. Z. Chara, +6
T2. B. Marchand, +6

Penalty Minutes
T1. Z. Chara, 31
T1. B. Marchand, 31
3. G. Campbell, 28
4. N. Horton, 26
T5. M. Lucic, 22
T5. S. Thornton, 22


Tyler Seguin is tied for 5th in the NHL in points (17), tied for 3rd in goals (9), tied for 2nd in game winning goals (3), and tied for 1st in plus/minus (+11).

Milan Lucic ranks 4th in shooting percentage with 27.6% (8 goals of 29 shots).

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