JANUARY 2 – JANUARY 6
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS:
BERGERON ON NHL 36: NHL Original Productions cameras joined the Bruins' alternate captain at 7:30 a.m., ET, Tuesday, December 27 and followed him for 36 hours as Bergeron participated in team practices, traveled with teammates to Arizona and prepared for Boston's 2-1 overtime win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday, December 28.
“NHL 36: Patrice Bergeron
” will air Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network (formerly VERSUS). Narration is provided by actor and Emmy Award winner Peter Coyote. The 30 minute show will be followed on NBC Sports Network by NHL LIVE at 7:00 p.m. ET, and the Bruins' game in New Jersey against the Devils at 7:30.
UPCOMING GAMES: The Northeast Division leading Bruins will have back-to-back midweek games this week on Wednesday and Thursday before their much anticipated meeting with the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, January 7.
Wednesday’s matchup will be the B’s first visit to New Jersey of the season. The Devils have won three straight at home and are 9-3-0 in their last 12 games overall, entering Monday night’s game at Ottawa. New Jersey currently owns the six spot in the Eastern Conference standings with 43 points.
The Bruins will return home to host the Calgary Flames on Thursday, January 5. With 41 points, the Flames rank 12th in the Western Conference. This will be the only meeting of the season between the two clubs and will mark the end of a seven game road trip for Calgary.
Saturday’s matinee tilt with the Canucks will be the first time the two clubs have battled since the B’s defeated Vancouver in seven games during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final. Like the Bruins, the Canucks have surged to the top of their division after a sluggish start, as Vancouver currently owns the second most points in the Conference with 50.
Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley will call the two home games on NESN while the NBC Sports Network (formerly VERSUS) will broadcast Wednesday’s game against the Devils. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle the radio duties for all three contests on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Start times for the games are as follows:
01/04 at NJD, 7:30 p.m. ET
01/05 vs. CGY, 7:00 p.m. ET
01/07 vs. VAN, 1:00 p.m. ET
104 AND COUNTING: Including the Bruins/Panthers game on Friday, December 23 the Bruins have now sold out their last 104 home games at the TD Garden, including regular season and playoffs. This sellout streak began nearly two years ago 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: A newcomer takes home Tweet of the Week honors this week, as NESN’s play-by-play man Jack Edwards makes a strong first impression and earns the nod in his first eligible week. Sending out the majority of his tweets during tv timeouts, Edwards will certainly earn “degree of difficulty” points and could emerge as a second half contender to challenge for the 2011-12 Tweet of the Week title.
@RealJackEdwards: “OK. Be gentle with me. It's my first time. Having grown up with dinosaurs as pets, I have joined the modern world. Hello, Tweet Universe.”
And here are this week’s Honorable Mentions, in no particular order:
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com): “Nothing says intense NHL action like a pom-pom waving dance team just before puck drop. Thanks, Dallas Stars”
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog.net): “#Bruins Marchand NHL 1st star of week. That means even with team off, @DJ_Bean gets to make a joke using the word "brat"
@DJ_Bean *(DJ Bean, WEEI.com): “Christmas is a time to bring family together and be told multiple times that your hair is "not attractive." #Christmas”
2011-12 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), 3 (Week 4, Week 5, Week 10)
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, TheBruinsBlog), 3 (Week 3, Week 8, Week 11)
@ScottIsaacs (Scott Isaacs, WCVB), 1 (Week 1)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), 1 (Week 2)
@douglasflynn (Doug Flynn, NESN.com), 1 (Week 6)
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz.com), 1 (Week 7)
@JesseNEHJ (Jesse Connolly, New England Hockey Journal), 1 (Week 9)
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN), 1 (Week 12)
THE STAT OF THE WEEK, COURTESY OF THE BOSTON BRUINS STAT MACHINE…
The temperature during the 2010 Winter Classic between the Flyers and Bruins at Fenway Park was 39.6 degrees Farenheit, slightly above the average for the other Winter Classics (39 degrees Farenheit). According to Weather.com, the temp in Philly is again supposed to hover around 39 degrees on Monday for the 2012 Winter Classic.
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Thursday, December 15, 2011
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Tuesday, January 3, 2012
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their third edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on December 15. It can be viewed online at BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins Media Website. In addition to notes on all players in the Bruins system and features on David Warsofsky
and Brian Ferlin
, here are some of the other Prospect Report’s highlights (stats current as of 12/14/11):
WHITFIELD RETURNS: Trent Whitfield
returned to action on Dec. 2 after being out since Oct. 16 with an injury. It took him a few games to kick the rust off but was back into his old form as he helped the P-Bruins break an eight-game losing skid with a 2-1 shootout win vs. Manchester on Dec. 9. Whitfield had the only regulation goal for the P-Bruins with helpers from Kirk MacDonald and Lane MacDermid
. In the shootout, Jamie Arniel
scored the first Providence goal while Whitfield finished with the second, giving Providence the win. Whitfield also earned the Number One Star honor for the night.
WORLD JUNIORS: The 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (2012 WJHC) will be heading back to Canada to be hosted in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta. The tournament will begin on Dec. 26 with the gold medal game played in Calgary on Jan. 5, 2012. Dougie Hamilton
will represent Team Cananda. Ryan Spooner
was also invited to Team Canada’s evaluation camp but will miss the WJHC because of mononucleosis. Brian Ferlin
has made the 29-man preliminary roster for Team USA. Alexander Khokhlachev
has been invited to the final Team Russia camp, he will report to the club on Dec. 18 in Calgary. Goaltender Lars Volden
will represent Team Norway in Division I.
GAME TO WATCH: Team Canada will take on Team USA at Rexall Place, Edmonton, Alberta at 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday Dec. 31 in the preliminary round of the 2012 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship. Dougie Hamilton
will be representing Team Canada while Brian Ferlin
will look to represent Team USA. Team USA’s final roster will be announced on Dec. 22.
FAN INFO LINE: The Boston Bruins Fan Information Line (617.624.1910) has been experiencing intermittent problems. We apologize for the inconvenience. The practice and availability schedules can always be confirmed on BostonBruins.com.
OFF THE ICE...
BOSTON BRUINS ICE GIRLS: BostonBruins.com launched a revamped version of their Ice Girl homepage that now includes animated bios and video. Fans can check out the new features and this year’s Ice Girl squad on BostonBruins.com.
ALL STAR VOTING ON NHL.COM: Six B’s made the NHL all-star ballot: Patrice Bergeron
, Zdeno Chara
, Nathan Horton
, David Krejci
, Milan Lucic
and Tim Thomas
. Voting began on nhl.com on Monday, Nov. 14.
THOMAS STARS IN 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 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 sale now in the Bruins Proshop, select AT&T retail stores throughout New England and on BostonBruins.com/full60. Full 60 to History gives readers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access into the Bruins championship season. Check out a preview on bostonbruins.com/full60.
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.
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. 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 are open to the public.
Tuesday, January 3 (Wilmington, MA/ Newark, NJ)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Travel to Newark, NJ
Wednesday, January 4 (Newark, NJ/Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate, Prudential Center, 11:30 a.m. local
- Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils, Prudential Center, 7:30 p.m. local (165 Mulberry Street, Newark, NJ 07102)
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: VERSUS(HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA
Thursday, January 5 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Calgary Flames, 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, January 6 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice, Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Check back on Friday, January 6 for next week’s “Around Town” events
BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Monday, January 2)
T1. T. Seguin, 15
T1. B. Marchand, 15
3. M. Lucic, 13
4. C. Kelly, 12
5. N. Horton, 9
1. P. Bergeron, 21
2. R. Peverley, 19
3. T. Seguin, 17
T4. Z. Chara, 16
T4. D. Krejci, 16
1. T. Seguin, 32
2. B. Marchand, 30
3. P. Bergeron, 28
4. M. Lucic, 26
5. R. Peverley, 25
1. T. Seguin, +27
2. B. Marchand, +24
3. Z. Chara, +21
t4. P. Bergeron, +20
t4. C. Kelly, +20
1. M. Lucic, 63
2. B. Marchand, 60
3. S. Thornton, 56
4. Z. Chara, 49
5. A. McQuaid, 47
BRUINS 2011-12 STARS:Brad Marchand
, First Star of the Week (Week ending December 25)Tim Thomas
, First Star of the Month (November)Tyler Seguin
, First Star of the Week (Week ending November 13)
The 2011-2012 Boston Bruins season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.