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B's Week Ahead: 1/17 - 1/23

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins



THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…
BERGERON HEADING TO THE NHL ALL-STAR GAME: On January 10, the NHL announced that forward Patrice Bergeron was named to the 2015 NHL All-Star team, marking his first selection to the roster in his 10-year NHL career. The Columbus Blue Jackets and city of Columbus will host the 2015 NHL All-Star festivities from January 24 to 25, marking a first for the city and Club. The 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft will take place on January 23 and will be televised on the NBC Sports Network. The League’s midseason showcase will include the Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ on Saturday, January 24 (7:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) and the Honda NHL All-Star Game® on Sunday, January 25 (5:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

UPCOMING OPPONENT PREVIEW: The Bruins will begin their next slate of games with Saturday’s (1/17) matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden.  The Black & Gold will embark on a two-game road trip which will see them take on the Dallas Stars (1/20) and Colorado Avalanche (1/21) before the NHL All-Star Break.  The B’s will return to action from the All-Star break and battle the New York Islanders on January 29 in Uniondale.  To check out a video preview of the upcoming matchups with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Bob Beers, watch the Week Ahead Preview click here.

LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE: Limited tickets are available Saturday’s (1/17) game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden. For tickets please visit www.bostonbruins.com/tickets.

SEASON 2 OF BEHIND THE B:
Season Two of the Black & Gold’s all-access television series “Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani has begun, with 13 episodes slated to air during the 2014-15 season. All episodes will again be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native, Denis Leary.

“Behind the B” presented by Alex and Ani Episode air dates (all televised on NESN): 
Episode 8 - Tuesday, January 20 at 7:00 p.m.
Episode 9 - Thursday, February 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 10 - Thursday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 11 - Monday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 12 - Monday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 13 - Sunday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m.

BOSTON BRUINS FOUNDATION 50/50 RAFFLE:
  During each Boston Bruins home game, the Boston Bruins Foundation conducts the 50/50 raffle presented by Health Services Administrators. Fifty percent of the proceeds go towards the beneficiary hosted by the Bruins Foundation that night, while the other fifty percent of the proceeds go to one lucky winner. The 50/50 program comprises one third of the annual fundraising for the Boston Bruins Foundation. After the winning ticket is selected, the number will be announced in-game giving the winner the opportunity to claim their prize at Guest Services on the Loge Level, Section 4 or by checking the numbers posted on the Bruins Foundation Website within 30 days of the winning game, which can be found at the following link: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=101168.

Last five winning 50/50 numbers:
1/15 vs. New York Rangers: 03001731 (Total was $12,175, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation)
1/13 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: 03001725 (Total was $12,800, Beneficiary: Heart Health Association)
1/8 vs. New Jersey Devils: 03011259 (Total was $9,650, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation)
1/3 vs. Ottawa Senators: 03201259 (Total: $15,550, Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation)
12/31 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: 00701769 (Total: $20,460, Beneficiary: Northeast Passage)

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has been confirmed as a weekly call-in guest with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak (Gresh and Zo), which airs weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., while forward Reilly Smith is expected to be regular a guest with 98.5's Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb (Toucher and Rich), which airs weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and Bruins President Cam Neely will also be a guest with Mike Felger and Tony Massarotti  (Felger and Mazz) on their show, which airs weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Chris Kelly 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 10:00 a.m.  Call-in days and times are dependent upon the B’s schedule.

OFF THE ICE…

PATRICE’S PALS:
As a part of his continuing charitable initiative Patrice’s Pals, Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron invites children from local hospitals and other organizations to experience a Bruins home game from his luxury suite. Children and their families receive goodie bags filled with Bruins memorabilia, a visit from the Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls, as well as a feature on the Garden HDX. After the game, Patrice’s Pals are escorted to ice level and introduced to Patrice himself who signs autographs and takes pictures with his Pals.

COMMUNITY TICKET PROGRAM: For the entirety of the Boston Bruins 2014-15 regular season, Bruins Chief Executive Officer Charlie Jacobs is donating ten balcony tickets to every home game to children from charitable organizations across New England, who are invited to enjoy a Bruins home game from these donated seats.

STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

RASK UP TO TASK:
Goaltender Tuukka Rask’s shutout of the New York Rangers on January 15 at TD Garden marked his second shutout of the season (11/18 vs. St. Louis, 2-0) and the 25th of his NHL career.  That ties him with Byron Dafoe for sixth place on the club’s all-time shutouts list.  With the win, Rask extended his point-streak to 10 games at 7-0-3, which ties his career best point streak of 10 games first set with a 9-0-1 record from March 2 – 30, 2014.

ANOTHER HELPING, PLEASE: Defenseman Torey Krug’s two assists on January 15 versus the New York Rangers extended his assist and point streak to five games, where he has accrued seven helpers during that stretch.  That is a career-high assist streak and ties his career-high point streak.  Per NHL PR, Krug is the first B’s blueliner to record a five-game assist streak since Kyle McLaren did from March 17 - 27, 1999.

FIVE-GAME POINT STRETCH FOR KRECH:
In Thursday night’s win over the Rangers, forward David Krejci extended his point streak to five games with his second period goal, giving him one goal and five assists during that span. Entering the weekend, Krejci now his 2-8=10 totals in eight of his last nine games.

BRUINS BREWIN’:
The Bruins extended their team winning streak to five games with their 3-0 defeat of the New York Rangers on Thursday night, matching their longest such stretch of the season from October 30 to November 10.

UPCOMING GAMES…

UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Guerin Austin will be covering the Bruins upcoming games vs. Columbus (1/17), at Dallas (1/20) and at Colorado (1/21). The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

1/17 vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 p.m. ET – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
1/13 at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. ET – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
1/15 at Colorado Avalanche, 10:00 p.m. ET – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

238 AND COUNTING: Following Thursday’s home game against the New York Rangers, the Boston Bruins have sold out 238 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout 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 (TOTW): With his first TOTW win of the season, Kirk Luedeke coins a new hockey phrase.

@kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal): No hatty for DP88, but will just call the consecutive 2-goal outings the "Pastr-trick" 4 consecutive wins for the B's- Rangers up next

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@DanCagen (Dan Cagen, MeteroWest Daily News): Dougie Hamilton caught a T-shirt at the Celtics game tonight. Everything's coming up Dougie. #DougiesBigYear
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN): Can you bet on a twitter account to rise as if it’s a stock? Pastrnak has, like, 9K followers. 100K by next week. Buy low, sell NEVER.
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog): Very true. Vast majority of 18-year-olds don't play hockey RT @BJaffe Pastrnak understands give and go game already. Rare for an 18 year-old

2014-15 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe) Week 8, Week 10, Week 12, Week 15
@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN) Week 1, Week 14, Week 16
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog) Week 2, Week 4, Week 11
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com) Week 3, Week 13
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com) Week 7, Week 9,
@kluedeke29 (Kirk Luedeke, New England Hockey Journal) Week 18
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPN.com) Week 17
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe) Week 6
@GlobeEricWilbur (Eric Wilbur, Boston Globe) Week 5

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, January 17 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Home Game vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, January 18
-TBD

Monday, January 19 (Wilmington, MA/Dallas, TX)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m. local
-Travel to Dallas, TX

Tuesday, January 20 (Dallas, TX/Denver, CO)
-Pregame skate at America Airlines Center (2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219), 11:30 a.m. local
-Away Game at Dallas Stars, 7:30 p.m. local
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Denver, CO

Wednesday, January 21 (Denver, CO/Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at Pepsi Center (1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, CO 80204), 11:30 a.m. local
-Away Game at Colorado Avalanche, 8:00 p.m. local
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

Thursday, January 22
-NHL All-Star Break

Friday, January 23
-NHL All-Star Break

2014-15 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
1. B. Marchand, 12
2. P. Bergeron, 11
3. L. Eriksson, 10
T4. M. Lucic, 9
T4. R. Smith, 9
T4. C. Soderberg, 9

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 21
2. C. Soderberg, 20
T3. L. Eriksson, 17
T3. D. Hamilton, 17
T5. D. Krejci, 15
T5. T. Krug, 15
T5. M. Lucic, 15

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 32
2. C. Soderberg, 29
3. L. Eriksson, 27
T4. D. Hamilton, 24
T4. M. Lucic, 24
T4. B. Marchand, 24

Plus/Minus
1. K. Miller, 13
2. B. Marchand, 11
3. L. Eriksson, 10
T4. M. Lucic, 9
T4. C. Soderberg, 9

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic, 69
2. B. Marchand, 62
3. A. McQuiad, 49
T4. G. Campbell, 32
T4. Z. Chara, 32

NHL Leaders
-Patrice Bergeron ranks second in the league in faceoff wins with 591 and second in face-off percentage with 58.9%
-Zdeno Chara is tied for first in the league in shorthanded assists with three
-Milan Lucic ranks 10th in the league in hits with 136

Fans interested in learning more about Boston Bruins players, or ticket options, should visit the team website at www.bostonbruins.com or call 617.624.BEAR. The 2014-15 season is presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery.
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