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B's Week Ahead: 11/15 - 11/21

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins


THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD
November 15 – November 21

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

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.  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.

KHOKHLACHEV ASSIGNED TO PROVIDENCE: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Friday, November 14, that the club has assigned forward Alexander Khokhlachev to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). Khokhlachev has skated in 12 games for the Providence Bruins this season, recording five goals (first on the team) and six assists (second on the team) for 11 points (second on the team) with a plus-four rating. In total, the forward has appeared in 88 games with Providence from 2012 to 2014, racking up 28 goals and 43 assists. Khokhlachev made his NHL debut last season against the Devils in New Jersey where he registered two shots in 15:14 time on ice.

MILITARY JERSEY RAFFLE: During warmsups on Monday, November 11, the Boston Bruins wore camouflage jerseys in honor of Military Appreciation Night presented by the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Army National Guard. The Boston Bruins Foundation is currently auctioning off a portion of these jerseys at auctions.nhl.com and raffling off the David Krejci jersey at nhlalumniraffles.org. Additionally, the remainder of the jerseys will be raffled and auctioned in game on Saturday, November 15.

FRANCISCAN ADAPTIVE SKATING PROGRAM:
On Wednesday, November 19, the Boston Bruins Foundation will be attending the final session of the Franciscan Hospital Adaptive Skating program at Simoni Rink in Somerville from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Boston Bruins Foundation has been partnering with this program, for eight years, which brings kids will all sorts of disabilities onto the ice one day a week for 10 weeks. The program is guided to improve the participants balance and motor skills will providing them the opportunity to participate in the sport just as any other child would do.

P.A.S.S. CLINIC SERIES PRESENTED BY TD BANK:
  On Thursday, November 20, the Boston Bruins will hold their next P.A.S.S. clinic presented by TD Bank at Churchill Rink in Durham New Hampshire (10 Old Piscataqua Road, Durham, NH) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  TD Bank and the Boston Bruins have teamed up for the ninth straight year to support New England youth hockey through the P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) clinic series.  P.A.S.S. features a free on-ice clinic conducted by Bruins alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team.  The clinic includes instruction on hockey fundamentals such as skating, passing and shooting, as well as a $1,000 donation from TD Bank to each hosting youth hockey organization.  In addition, each individual participant will receive two tickets to an upcoming Bruins game as well as a TD Bank P.A.S.S. jersey and gift bag.  P.A.S.S. clinics are open to youth hockey players between the ages of eight and 12.  For more information, visit the “Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

SKATE & SKI TICKET PACKAGE: The Bruins, Loon Mountain and 98.5 The Sports Hub have teamed up again this season to bring you the Skate & Ski ticket package. Purchase a Skate & Ski ticket to select Bruins weekday games during November through February for $99 and receive a complimentary lift ticket to Loon Mountain, New England's most accessible mountain resort destination and the Home of Superior Snow! To learn more or to purchase a Skate & Ski ticket visit: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=38915.

3-GAME PLANS: Boston Bruins three-game plans for the 2014-15 season presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery are on sale now. Choose from three different plans that feature marquee matchups this December through March. Tickets start at $95. To purchase call 617.624.2327, Option 1 or visit: http://bruins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=92764.

BOSTON BRUINS HOLIDAY SUITES:
Bring some cheer to your holiday party this season when you host it at Bruins game. Special holiday suite rental packages are now available and include tickets for 12 or 18 fans, a food and beverage package, and a limited-edition holiday ornament. For more information visit: http://tdgardenapps.com/suites/holiday-suite-rentals.html.

NOVEMBER HOME GAME TICKETS AVAILABLE: Tickets for the Boston Bruins home games are available, including Saturday’s matinee matchup against the game against the Carolina Hurricanes and Tuesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues. Bruins individual regular season home game tickets for the 2014-15 season presented by the Massachusetts State Lottery, are on sale now. For more information on tickets, please visit http://bruins.nhl.com/tickets.

17 BRUINS PARTICIPATING IN MOVEMBER: This November, Patrice Bergeron (Mo' Team Captain) and teammates Matt Bartkowski, Gregory Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Loui Eriksson, Matt Fraser, Seth Griffith, Dougie Hamilton, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Dennis Seidenberg and David Warsofsky are all taking action by changing their appearance by growing a moustache for the 30 days of Movember, to spark conversation and raise funds for men's health. Fans can get involved by donating to their favorite player’s Movember page or by starting their own at bostonbruins.com/movember. This week, fans who raise at least $10 for the Bruins Movember team will automatically be entered to win two (2) tickets to see the Bruins take on the Penguins on Monday, November 24.

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 5 - Thursday, December 4 at 9:00 p.m.
Episode 6 - Friday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Episode 7 - Monday, January 5 at 8:00 p.m.
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 of one third of 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:
11/10 vs. the New Jersey Devils: 00701179 (Beneficiary: USO)
11/6 vs. the Edmonton Oilers: 03201266 (Beneficiary: Boston Bruins Foundation)
11/4 vs. the Florida Panthers: 01201142 (Beneficiary: Best Buddies)
11/1 vs. the Ottawa Senators: 04901093 (Beneficiary: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation)
10/28 vs. the Minnesota Wild: 04901198 (Beneficiary: Cam Neely Foundation)

STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

MILESTONES APPROACHING: Entering the weekend, Brad Marchand sits one assist shy of his 100th NHL/Bruins assist, three goals shy of his 100th NHL/Bruins goal and four points short of his 200th NHL/Bruins point… Simon Gagne needs two points for his 600th  career point.

BERGERON HOT ON THE DOT:
Patrice Bergeron currently leads the NHL in faceoff wins with 241, ahead of Chicago’s Jonathan Toews (218) and Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler (195).  Bergeron ranks second in the league in faceoff percentage, winning drops at a 61.5% rate, behind Montreal’s Manny Malhotra (64.1%).

UPCOMING GAMES…

UPCOMING GAMES: The Bruins return home to face off against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (11/15) in a 1:00 p.m. contest at TD Garden. The Black & Gold will then take on the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday (11/18) at 7:00 p.m. before they begin the first half of a back-to-back against the Blue Jackets on Friday (11/21) at 7:00 p.m. in Columbus.

UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Guerin Austin will be covering the Bruins’ upcoming games vs. Carolina (11/15), St. Louis (11/18) and Columbus (11/21). The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

11/15 vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 1:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
11/18 vs. St. Louis Blues, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
11/21 at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

223 AND COUNTING: Counting the Bruins’ game vs. the Devils on November 10, the Boston Bruins have sold out 223 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):
This week’s TOTW goes to Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe with his tweet regarding forward Seth Griffith’s highlight reel goal against the New Jersey Devils

@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Seth Griffith goes off the scoreboard, blindfolded, full court. Nothing but net.

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com): Welcome to Toronto: customs agent at Pearson’s 1st name was Boston & his dad drove the zamboni for the Oshawa Generals in the Bobby Orr days
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPNBoston): At a squirt practice tonight and all the kids in the locker room were talking about Griffith’s goal. Coach used it as a lesson, too. #hockey
@DanCagen (Dan Cagen, MetroWestDaily News): Griffith was sick of being compared to Bobby Orr after his last goal. So he one-ups himself.

2014-15 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@HacksWithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com), Week 7, Week 9,
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com, Big Bad Blog), Week 2, Week 4
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 8, Week 10
@AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe), Week 6
@GlobeEricWilbur (Eric Wilbur, Boston Globe), Week 5

@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com, TheBruinsBlog.net, CBSSports.com), Week 3

@RealJackEdwards, (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 1

AROUND TOWN…

FRANCISCAN ADAPTIVE SKATING PROGRAM:
WHAT: On Wednesday, November 19, the Boston Bruins Foundation will be attending the final session of the Franciscan Hospital Adaptive Skating program at Simoni Rink in Somerville from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Boston Bruins Foundation has been partnering with this program, for eight years, which brings kids will all sorts of disabilities onto the ice one day a week for 10 weeks. The program is guided to improve the participants balance and motor skills will providing them the opportunity to participate in the sport just as any other child would do.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Simoni Rink (155 Gore Street, Cambridge, MA)

P.A.S.S. CLINIC SERIES PRESENTED BY TD BANK
WHAT: TD Bank and the Boston Bruins have teamed up for the ninth straight year to support New England youth hockey through the P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) clinic series.  P.A.S.S. features a free on-ice clinic conducted by Bruins alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team.  The clinic includes instruction on hockey fundamentals such as skating, passing and shooting, as well as a $1,000 donation from TD Bank to each hosting youth hockey organization.  In addition, each individual participant will receive two tickets to an upcoming Bruins game as well as a TD Bank P.A.S.S. jersey and gift bag.  P.A.S.S. clinics are open to youth hockey players between the ages of 8 and 12.
WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Churchill Rink, 10 Old Piscataqua Road, Durham, NH
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Alumni Tommy Songin

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 Principal and Alternate Governor 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.

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, November 15 (Boston, MA)
-Home Game vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 1:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Sunday, November 16
-TBD
 
Monday, November 17 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, November 18 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Home Game vs. St. Louis Blues, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Wednesday, November 19 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at TD Garden, 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, November 20 (Boston, MA/Columbus, OH)
-Practice at TD Garden, 11:00 a.m.
-Travel to Columbus, OH

Friday, November 21 (Columbus, OH/Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate at Nationwide Arena (200 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215), 11:30 a.m.
-Away Game at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 p.m.
-TV Broadcast: NESN, Local Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
-Travel to Boston, MA

2014-15 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
T1. B. Marchand, 5
T1. C. Soderberg, 5
T2. S. Griffith, 4
T2. D. Hamilton, 4
T2. R. Smith, 4
T3. P. Bergeron, 3
T3. L. Eriksson, 3
T3. D. Krejci, 3
T3. M. Lucic, 3

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 10
2. C. Soderberg, 8
T3. L. Eriksson, 7
T3. D. Hamilton, 7
T3. D. Krejci, 7
T3. M. Lucic, 7

Points
T1. C. Soderberg, 13
T1. P. Bergeron,13
2. D. Hamilton, 11
T3. L. Eriksson, 10
T3. D. Krejci, 10
T3. M. Lucic, 10
T3. B. Marchand, 10
T3. R. Smith, 10

Plus/Minus
T1. L. Eriksson, 4
T1. D. Krejci, 4
T1. B. Marchand, 4
T1. K. Miller, 4
T2. C. Kelly, 3
T2. D. Seidenberg, 3

Penalty Minutes
1. M. Lucic, 31
2. B. Marchand, 22
3. A. McQuaid, 17
T4. P. Bergeron, 14
T4. B. Robins, 14

NHL Leaders
-Patrice Bergeron leads the league in faceoff wins with 241 and ranks second in face-off percentage with 61.5%

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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