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Pre Game Notes: Boston Bruins @ NY Islanders

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS vs. NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Saturday, November 24, 2007
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale NY
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight's Game
The Bruins visit the Islanders tonight in the second of four games between these teams and the first of two games of the series at Nassau Coliseum. The Bruins are 11-7-2 and are 4-5-1 on the road. The Islanders are 11-8-0 overall with a 7-3-0 record on home ice. The Bruins are 2-1-0 vs. Atlantic Division teams and they are 7-5-2 overall vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Islanders are 2-3-0 vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 11-8-0 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

All-time Series
The Bruins are 61-44-21-3 all-time vs. New York with a 440-399 scoring edge in those 129 games. The Bruins are 27-27-10-1 all-time vs. the Islanders on Long Island with New York holding a 219-206 scoring advantage in those 65 contests. The Bruins won the first game of the series with a 2-1 win in Boston on Nov. 23 in the first game of this home-and-home series.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have won their last two games and four of their last five games with a 2-1 win over Buffalo on Nov. 10, a 5-2 win over Toronto on Nov. 15, a 7-4 loss in Montreal on Nov. 17, a 4-2 victory in Toronto on Nov. 20 and a 2-1 win vs. NY Islanders on Nov. 23. The Bruins will tonight play game four of a stretch in the schedule that sees them play eight of nine and 11 of 13 games overall on the road (2-1-0 in that span).

Recent Islanders Games
The Islanders have lost their last two games with 4-1 loss to Montreal on Nov. 21 and a 2-1 setback in Boston on Nov. 23. That followed a 1-0 victory in New Jersey on Nov. 16 and a 2-1 win at NY Rangers on Nov. 19. They are 6-4-0 in their last ten games overall.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will continue their current six-game road trip in Philadelphia (Nov. 26, 7:00 p.m.), Florida (Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.), Tampa Bay (Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.), NY Islanders (Dec. 3, 7:00 p.m.) and New Jersey (Dec. 5, 7:00 p.m.). They will next return home on Dec. 6 when they host Montreal (7:00 p.m.). All games in that stretch are broadcast on NESN and WBZ Radio.

Upcoming Islanders Games
The Islanders will continue their three-game home stand hosting Dallas on Nov. 26 and Ottawa on Nov. 28.

Bruins Injuries
Andrew Ference: Knee sprain suffered Nov. 15 vs. Toronto.
Manny Fernandez: Left knee strain suffered Oct. 30 in practice.
Patrice Bergeron: (IR) Concussion and broken nose suffered Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia.
Shawn Thornton: (IR) Broken right foot suffered Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa.

Bruins November Transactions
Nov. 4: David Krejci assigned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 4: Petteri Nokelainen recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 5: Jordan Sigalet returned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 5: Tuukka Rask recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 9: Matt Hunwick recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 9: Matt Lashoff recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 11: Matt Lashoff and Tuukka Rask returned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 13: Matt Hunwick returned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 15: Tuukka Rask recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 17: Matt Hunwick recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 18: Tuukka Rask returned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 19: Tuukka Rask recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 21: Matt Hunwick returned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 22: Matt Hunwick recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 23: Vladimir Sobotka recalled from Providence/AHL.

Bruins 2007-08 Shootouts (1-0)
1. Oct. 10 … NY Rangers 0 at Boston 1 … Boston Goal: Manny Fernandez (W) … New York Goal: Henrik Lundqvist (L). Boston Shooters: Bergeron (N), Sturm (N), Kessel (Y) … New York Shooters: Shanahan (N), Drury (N), Jagr (N)
2. Nov. 4 … Ottawa 2 at Boston 1… Boston Goal: Tim Thomas (L) … Ottawa Goal: Martin Gerber (W) Boston Shooters: Kobasew (N), Kessel (N) … Ottawa Shooters: Alfredsson (Y), Vermette (Y)

Bruins 2007-08 Penalty Shots
1. Oct. 27 … Phil Kessel unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia, Martin Biron (15:09 second period).
 
Bruins Fun Facts
- November Birthdays: Glen Murray turned 35 on November 1 and Bobby Allen turned 29 on Nov. 14.

- Vladimir Sobotka is looking to play his first NHL game.
- Manny Fernandez is three games shy of his 300th NHL game milestone.
- Shawn Thornton is eight games shy of his 100th NHL game milestone.

- The Bruins have 17 sets of back-to-back games and are completing the fifth of these sets today at the Islanders.
- They are 2-2-1 in the first game of these series and are 2-1-1 in the second game of these sets.

- The Bruins have five rookies on their current roster – Matt Hunwick, Milan Lucic, Petteri Nokelainen, Tuukka Rask and Vladimir Sobotka.
- The Bruins have nine players on their current roster who are new to the Bruins – Manny Fernandez (trade with Minnesota), Matt Hunwick (draft), Milan Lucic (draft), Glen Metropolit (free agent), Petteri Nokelainen (trade with NY Islanders), Tuukka Rask (trade with Toronto), Peter Schaefer (trade with Ottawa), Vladimir Sobotka (draft) and Shawn Thornton (free agent). That is in addition to new coach Claude Julien and new assistant coaches Craig Ramsay and Geoff Ward.

- The Bruins have completed six of their 24 seasons series. They are 0-1-0 vs. Anaheim, 1-0-0 vs. Chicago, 0-1-0 vs. Dallas, 1-0-0 vs. Los Angeles, 1-0-0 vs. Phoenix and 1-0-0 vs. San Jose.
- The Bruins opened with a five-game trip against Pacific Division teams, which concluded Oct. 13 in San Jose. That was the last game of the season scheduled for the Bruins outside of the Eastern Time zone.
- The Bruins will host the Central Division teams and will not play teams in the Northwest Division.


The Players
6-Dennis Wideman-D
- Had his three-game assist streak stopped Nov. 20 in Toronto with 0-3-3 totals in that span…had single assists each Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo (game-winning goal), Nov. 15 vs. Toronto and Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Has not dressed for one game (coachthe decision).

10-Brandon Bochenski-RW
- Recorded his first two points of the season with two assists Nov. 15 vs. Toronto, including one on the game-winning goal.
- Has one multiple-point game, matching his previous career-high for assists in a game with a two-assist effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto.
- Had a two-game conditioning stint in Providence/AHL from Oct. 23-28 with one goal and no PIM in those contests.
- Dressed, but did not play Oct. 10 in Anaheim.
- Has not dressed for seven games (coach's decision).

11-P.J. Axelsson-LW
- Has 1-2-3 totals in his last seven games with single assists each Nov. 7 in Buffalo and Nov. 17 in Montreal and his first goal of the season scored Nov. 20 in Toronto.

12-Chuck Kobasew-RW
- Has 6-2-8 totals in his last nine games…Had a two-goal effort Nov. 3 in Ottawa; a goal Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa; an assist Nov. 8 vs. Montreal; the game-winning goal Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo; and a 2-1- 3 effort, including the game-winning goal, Nov. 20 in Toronto.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game goal streak from Oct. 6-12 (3-0-3 totals).
- Has taken one shootout shot (no goal).

13-Glen Metropolit-C
- Has 2-2-4 totals in three of his last four games with a 1-1-2 effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto (game-winning goal), an assist Nov. 20 in Toronto and the game-winning goal Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders.
- Has 4-3-7 totals in his last 12 games.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Played his 200th NHL game Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas…Recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist Oct. 10 in Anaheim…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 25 vs. Chicago.
- Signed as a free agent on Oct. 3…had been invited to training camp on a pro try-out agreement.

16-Marco Sturm-LW
- Has a six-game point streak in progress with 4-3-7 totals in that span…Had goals in four straight games with single goals each Nov. 8 vs. Montreal, Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo, Nov. 15 vs. Toronto and Nov. 17 in Montreal; added two assists Nov. 20 in Toronto; and an assist Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders.
- Has points in ten of his last 11 games with 6-6-12 totals in that span.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Had a four-game point streak from Oct. 27-Nov. 4 (2-3-5 totals).
- Played his 700th NHL game Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders.
- Has taken one shootout shot (no goal).

17-Milan Lucic-LW
- Rookie.
- Has played the last seven games after not dressing for the previous game.
- Recorded his first NHL assist/point and goal Oct. 12 in Los Angeles with the goal proving the game-winner…Completed his 'Gordie Howe hat trick' with a fight in that game as well.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Played his first NHL game Oct. 5 in Dallas…Recorded his first NHL assist/point and goal Oct. 12 in Los Angeles with the goal proving the game-winner.
- Has not dressed for one game (coach's decision).
- Changed his number from 62 to 17 on October 30.

21-Andrew Ference-D

- Is out of the lineup with a knee sprain suffered Nov. 15 vs. Toronto…Had returned to the lineup in that game after missing the previous four games with an upper core injury.
- Has three assists in two of his last eight games with a two-assist effort Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay and an assist on the game-winning goal Oct. 25 vs. Chicago.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Has missed seven games to injury (4-upper core, Nov. 4-10; 3-knee, Nov. 17-23).

22-Shawn Thornton-RW
- Is out of the lineup with a broken foot suffered Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa.
- Scoreless in 13 games.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Has missed seven games to injury (7-foot, Nov. 7-23).

27-Glen Murray-RW
- Has a four-game point streak in progress with 3-3-6 totals in that span…Had an assist Nov. 15 vs. Toronto; a 2-1-3 effort Nov. 17 in Montreal; an assist Nov. 20 in Toronto; and a goal Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders.
- Has two multiple-point games with his season-high a 2-1-3 effort Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Had a three-game point streak from Oct. 12-18 (1-3-4 totals).

30-Tim Thomas-G
- Has won three of his last four games with a 2-1 win vs. Buffalo on Nov. 10, a 5-2 victory over Toronto on Nov. 15, a 7-4 setback in Montreal on Nov. 17 and a 2-1 win over NY Islanders on Nov. 23.
- Is 7-4-2 in his last 13 contests.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in ten of his 15 games with a 5-4-1 record in those games…His season-high in shots faced was 52 Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in 12 of his 15 games (7-3-2 record) and has allowed one goal or less in seven of those contests (6-0-1).
- Had a three-game win streak from Oct. 13-25.
- Has dressed as backup for five games.

33-Zdeno Chara-D
- Had his four-game assist/point streak stopped Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders with 1-4-5 totals in that span…Had single assists each Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo (game-winning goal) and Nov. 15 vs. Toronto; a 1-1-2 effort Nov. 17 I Montreal, a game in which he also tallied 25 PIM; and an assist Nov. 20 in Toronto.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-12 with four assists in that span.

35-Manny Fernandez-G
- Is out of the lineup with a knee strain suffered Oct. 30 in practice.
- Had his two-game win streak stopped with a 6-1 loss in Montreal on Oct. 22…That followed an 8-6 victory in Los Angeles on Oct. 12 and a 1-0 shootout victory over NY Rangers on Oct. 20, his 14th career shutout.
- Recorded his 14th NHL shutout and first as a Bruin with a 1-0 shootout win over NY Rangers on Oct. 20.
- Has played in one shootout (1-0, 0 goals/3 shots).
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas with a 4-1 loss…Earned his first win as a Bruin with an 8-6 victory in Los Angeles on Oct. 12.
- Has dressed as backup for six games.
- Has missed ten games to injury (10-knee, Nov. 1-23).

37-Patrice Bergeron-C
- Is out of the lineup with a concussion and broken nose suffered Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia.
- Had his three-game point streak stopped Oct. 20 vs. NY Rangers with 1-4-5 totals in that span…had an assist Oct. 12 in Los Angeles, a 1-1-2 effort Oct. 13 in San Jose and two assists Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay.
- Has 3-4-7 totals in five of his ten games played.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Has taken one shootout shot (no goal).
- Has missed ten games to injury (10-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-23).

38-Bobby Allen-D
- Has played six of the last eight games after not dressing for the previous 11 contests.
- Has not dressed for 12 games (coach's decision).
- Has missed one game to injury (1-arm, Nov. 10).

40-Tuukka Rask-G
- Rookie.
- Dressed as backup Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders.
- Earned his first NHL win in his first NHL game with a 4-2 victory in Toronto on Nov. 20.
- Had dressed as backup for five of six games over three recalls to Boston from Providence/AHL (Nov. 5-11, Nov. 15-18; Nov. 19-present).
- Had a 7-2-0 record and 2.10 goals against average in nine AHL Bruins games.
- Has dressed as backup for six Boston games.

41-Andrew Alberts-D
- Recorded his first point of the season with an assist Nov. 3 in Ottawa.

44-Aaron Ward-D
- Has three assists in two of his last ten games with a single assist Oct. 25 vs. Chicago and two assists, including one on the overtime goal, Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Has missed two games to injury (2-concussion, Nov. 10-15).

45-Mark Stuart-D
- Scored his first goal of the season Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay…It was his first goal scored since he scored his first career NHL goal on Apr. 10, 2006 vs. Washington.

48-Matt Hunwick-D
- Rookie.
- Did not dress for the last two Boston games.
- Recalled Nov. 22 from Providence/AHL for the third time (Nov. 9-13, Nov. 17-21)…Had four assists with four PIM in 12 AHL Bruins games with a +10 rating in those contests.
- Played his first NHL game Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo.
- Has not dressed for two games (coach's decision).

53-Jeremy Reich-LW
- Has played the last eight games, including his first game of the season Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa.
- Has not dressed for 12 games (coach's decision).

56-Petteri Nokelainen-C/W
- Rookie.
- Has played the last eight games, including his first game as a Bruin Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa…That was his first NHL game since April 2, 2006 vs. Philadelphia while with the NY Islanders.
- Recalled Nov. 4 from Providence/AHL where he was third in that teamthe scoring race with 3-5-8 totals and 4 PIM in eight AHL Bruins games.
- He has two career NHL points, both coming in a 1-1-2 effort Oct. 13, 2005 in Washington while with the NY Islanders.

60-Vladimir Sobotka-C
- Is looking to play his first NHL game … Will become the fourth Bruin to play his first NHL game (Lucic, Hunwick, Rask).
- Recalled Nov. 23 from Providence/AHL where he was second in that team's scoring race with 7-7-14 totals and 12 PIM in 15 AHL Bruins games with a +10 rating.

72-Peter Schaefer-LW
- Has 2-3-5 totals in three of his last four games with a season-high 2-1-3 effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto, which matched his previous career-high for goals in a game; and single assists each Nov. 20 in Toronto and Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders (game-winning goal).
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Played his 500th NHL game Oct. 20 vs. NY Rangers.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas and recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist in that game…scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay.

81-Phil Kessel-C/W
- Has 4-3-7 totals in his last 12 games…Scored twice Oct. 25 vs. Chicago, including the game-winner; a single tally Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo; single assists each Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa, Nov. 8 vs. Montreal and Nov. 15 vs. Toronto; and a goal Nov. 20 in Toronto.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Scored his first career hat trick and recorded a career-high for points in a game with a 3-1-4 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles.
- Scored the deciding shootout goal in a 1-0 win over NY Rangers on Oct. 20…It was his fifth career shootout deciding goal.
- Took his first career penalty shot on Oct. 27, unsuccessful vs. Philadelphiathe Martin Biron.
- Has taken two shootout shots (one deciding goal).

91-Marc Savard-C
- Has a five-game assist/point streak in progress with 1-7-8 totals in that span…Had an assist Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo; a 1-1-2 effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto with the goal coming just 0:19 into the game; three assists Nov. 17 in Montreal; and single assists each Nov. 20 in Toronto and Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders.
- Has 3-10-13 totals in nine of his last 11 games.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 27-Nov. 3 (1-3-4 totals).
- Recorded his 500th NHL point with the first assist of a 1-4-5 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles…Played his 600th NHL game Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo.
- Has missed one game to injury (1-groin, Oct. 10)…Missed the Oct. 10 game in Anaheim with the injury, snapping his consecutive games-played stretch at 166 games dating back to his previous game missed (April 3, 2004 at Ottawa while with Atlanta).

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