THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS...
PEVERLEY OUT 4-6 WEEKS: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced on Friday that forward Rich Peverley
will miss 4-6 weeks with a third degree MCL sprain in his right knee. The injury occurred in the third period of the Bruins/Canadiens game on Wednesday, February 15.
ROCKLAND’S HENNESSY TO MAKE BRUINS DEBUT: Rockland, MA native Josh Hennessy
will make his Bruins debut on Friday night in Winnipeg, filling in for the injured Rich Peverley
. Based on Friday’s morning skate, he will play on a line alongside Shawn Thornton
and Gregory Campbell
. The 27-year-old Hennessy has skated in 20 career NHL games and registered one goal. Friday night’s game will mark Hennessy’s first NHL game since 12/21/09 when he was a member of the Sens. The P-Bruins leading goal scorer this year with 15, Hennessy was signed by the Bruins as a free agent on July 5, 2011.
UPCOMING GAMES: The Bruins road trip rolls on with Friday night’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. Winnipeg is 3-2-0 in their last five games and they are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. Head Coach Claude Julien told reporters on Friday that Tuukka Rask
would get the nod in net for the Bruins.
Following the game against Winnipeg, the B’s will head to Minnesota to face the Wild on Sunday in a nationally televised game on NBC at 3:30 p.m. ET during “Hockey Day in America.” NBC Sports Group will anchor nine hours of coverage on NBC and the NBC Sports Network on Sunday. NBC will provide regional coverage of three games at Noon ET, followed by the nationally televised B’s/Wild matchup at 3 pm ET. Then at 6 pm, NBC Sports Network will televise the New Jersey Devils game at Montreal.
The Bruins will continue their road trip in the Midwest with a visit to the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, February 22 before heading east to wrap up their season’s longest road trip with games at Buffalo on Friday, February 24 and at Ottawa on Saturday, February 25.
Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will call four of the five games next week on NESN while NBC will televise the game on Sunday against Minnesota. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Start times for next week’s games are as follows:
2/17 at WPG, 8:00 p.m. ET
2/19 at MIN, 3:30 p.m. ET
2/22 at STL, 8:00 p.m. ET
2/24 at BUF, 7:30 p.m. ET
2/25 at OTT, 7:00 p.m. ET
114 AND COUNTING: Including the Bruins latest home game the Bruins have now sold out their last 114 home games at the TD Garden, including regular season and playoffs. This sellout streak began more than 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 (TOTW): Barstool Sports’ Brian McGonagle earns his first TOTW win of the 2012-12 season this week. Credit should be given to McGonagle not just for the winning tweet but for the broad range of sports and non-sports related topics covered on his twitter handle this past week. The winner came after Andrew Ference
“cleanly” celebrated his first goal in the Bell Centre since his infamous “unintentional bird” incident from the first round of last year’s playoffs.
@RearAdBsBlog: “Nice to see that the B’s equipment guys repaired Andrew Ference
’s faulty goal scoring glove since April.”
And here are this week’s Honorable Mentions, in no particular order:
@DJ_Bean: “Period not over. Both teams going off for goaltender interference.”
@kluedeke29: “@HackswithHaggs got 18k followers today...I hit 2.7k. Sometimes I feel like RC Cola in a world of Coke and Pepsi...”
@GlobeFluto: “Only -2 C in Winnipeg. Sandals in order.”
@GlobeFluto, on the retirement news of colleague Bob Ryan: “Bob Ryan: First-line talent, fourth-liner’s work ethic.”
@TheBruinsBlog, after Brad Marchand
’s clipping penalty in the B’s/Habs game: “Shanahan already on phone with Gillis and Vigneault to see what they think punishment should be.”
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)
@douglasflynn (Doug Flynn, NESN.com), 3 (Week 6, Week 14, Week 15)
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), 2 (Week 2, Week 13)
@ScottIsaacs (Scott Isaacs, WCVB), 2 (Week 1, Week 16)
@_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)
@Brian Zechello (Brian Zechello, NESN), 1 (Week 17)
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), 1 (Week 18)
@RearAdBsBlog (Brian McGonagle, Barstool Sports), 1 (Week 19)
LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, February 16, 2012
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their sixth edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on February 16. 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 Matt Bartkowski
and Alexander Fallstrom
, here are some of the other Prospect Report’s highlights (stats current as of 2/15/12):
ALL-STAR FEVER: AHL President and CEO David Andrews announced Feb. 8 that the Providence Bruins and the Dunkin Donuts Center will host the 2013 AHL All-Star Weekend. It’s the third time that Providence has hosted an AHL All-Star event.
MR. ROBINS NEIGHBORHOOD: The Providence Bruins signed forward Bobby Robins to an AHL contract Feb. 7. Since being signed to a professional tryout agreement Dec. 28, he has appeared in 15 games and registered 2-3=5 totals and 74 penalty minutes, including 10 fighting majors. Prior to the signing, Robins skated in 28 games for the Chicago Express, tallying 15 points.
FOUR G’S FOR SPOONER: Sarnia Sting forward Ryan Spooner
scored four goals to lift his team to a7-6 shootout victory over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Feb. 12. With his team down 5-3 in the third, Spooner scored two goals in a 16-second span to tie the game. This marks the second time in his OHL career he’s scored four goals in one game. Spooner has a total of 18 points with Sarnia after being traded from Kingston to the Sting on January 5th.
CLARKSON CREW CRUSHING IT: Clarkson University forward Ben Sexton
has on one goal and eight assists in his last five games, helping the Golden Knights win three out of their last five games. His five-game point streak, which started Jan. 28, includes a three-assist effort in a 3-1 win over Brown Feb. 3.
Fellow Clarkson teammate Nick Tremblay
has five points in his last four games, including three assists in a 7-6 loss to Quinnipiac Saturday. Tremblay is tied for the team lead with 30 points (14-16=30), while Sexton is third with 25 (8-17=25).
HAMILTON RETURNS STRONG: In his first game back after serving a 10-game suspension, Niagara IceDogs defenseman Dougie Hamilton
earned two assists in a 5-3 victory over the Oshawa Generals on Feb. 12. Hamilton leads all OHL defensemen with 52 points (13-39=52) in 35 games despite missing 10 games due to suspension and another eight games due to World Junior Championship commitments. As of 2/16, Niagara occupies the second spot in the OHL’s Eastern Conference with 73 points, just one point behind conference leading Ottawa.
MEDIA AND 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...
SAVVY’S SUITE: Starting Thursday, January 12 through the end of the 2013-14 Bruins season, B’s forward Marc Savard
will host a luxury suite at the TD Garden for pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital Boston with a focus on children suffering from the effects of head trauma from both a medical and psychological standpoint.
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.
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.
Saturday, February 18 (Minneapolis, MN)
-Practice, Wakota Arena, 12:30 p.m. local (141 6th Street South, South St. Paul, MN 55075)
Sunday, February 19 (Minneapolis, MN)
-No Bruins Morning Skate
-Bruins vs. Minnesota Wild, Xcel Energy Center, 2:30 p.m. local (199 West Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55102)
-Game Broadcast Info: NATIONAL TV: NBC (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Monday, February 20 (Minneapolis, MN/St. Louis, MO)
-Travel to St. Louis, MO
Tuesday, February 21 (St. Louis, MO)
-Practice, Scottrade Center, 10:30 a.m. local (1401 Clark Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103)
Wednesday, February 22 (St. Louis, MO)
-Morning Skate, Scottrade Center, 11:30 a.m. local (1401 Clark Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103)
-Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center, 7:00 p.m. local
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Thursday, February 23 (St. Louis, MO/Buffalo, NY)
-Travel to Buffalo, NY
-Practice, First Niagara Center, 2:00 p.m. (One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203)
-Players available after practice
-Claude Julien available after players
Friday, February 24 (Buffalo, NY/Ottawa, ON)
-Morning Skate, First Niagara Center, 11:30 a.m. (One Seymour H. Knox III Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203)
-Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres, First Niagara Center, 7:30 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Ottawa, ON
WHAT: BRUINS FIFTH ANNUAL “PJ DRIVE” PRESENTED BY AT&T
The Boston Bruins, Milan Lucic
, Cradles to Crayons and AT&T are teaming up to host the Fifth Annual PJ Drive for Massachusetts children in need. Throughout the month of February, Bruins fans, families, schools and corporations are encouraged to donate new, unused pajamas for underprivileged children statewide. Fans can drop off pajamas at 77 AT&T retail store locations throughout New England. Milan Lucic
took the lead on the PJ Drive this season.
WHEN: Throughout the month of February
WHERE: At select AT&T retail store locations throughout New England. Visit www.bostonbruins.com for the list of locations and the TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114
WHAT: BOSTON BRUINS VIEWING PARTY
The Boston Bruins and the Hard Rock Cafe Boston (22-24 Clinton Street, Boston, MA 02109) will host a viewing party on Wednesday, February 22 for B’s fans to unite and watch as the Bruins take on the St. Louis Blues at 8:00 p.m. The free event is open to all ages. The Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Bruins Ice Girls will be mingling with fans, taking photos and signing autographs. Bruins fans will also have the chance to win autographed team memorabilia. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 22, doors open at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hard Rock Cafe Boston, 22-24 Clinton Street, Boston, MA 02109
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins mascot, Blades, and the Bruins Ice Girls
BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS (as of Friday, February 17)
T1. T. Seguin, 20
T1. M. Lucic, 20
3. B. Marchand, 19
T4. N. Horton, 17
T4. P. Bergeron, 17
1. P. Bergeron, 31
2. R. Peverley, 29
3. D. Krejci, 28
4. T. Seguin, 25
5. Z. Chara, 24
1. P. Bergeron, 48
2. T. Seguin, 45
3. M. Lucic, 41
5. B. Marchand, 40
4. D. Krejci, 39
1. T. Seguin, +28
2. P. Bergeron, +25
3. C. Kelly, +22
T4. Z. Chara, +21
T4. B. Marchand, +21
1. S. Thornton, 117
2. M. Lucic, 109
3. A. McQuaid, 88
4. B. Marchand, 79
5. Z. Chara, 59
BRUINS 2011-12 STARS:Zdeno Chara
, Hardest Shot Champion, 108.8 MPHZdeno Chara
, Tim Thomas
, Tyler Seguin
, NHL All-StarsZdeno Chara
, NHL All-Star Captain
Claude Julien, Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis, Geoff Ward, NHL All-Star Coaching Staff of Team CharaBrad 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.