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Pre-Game Notes: Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins' Andrew Alberts, left, and Ottawa Senators' Chris Phillips collide into the boards during third period NHL hockey action in Ottawa Tuesday, March 27, 2007.(AP PHOTO/CP, Tom Hanson) CANADA
BOSTON BRUINS vs. OTTAWA SENATORS

Saturday, November 3, 2007
Scotiabank Place; Ottawa ONT
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio

Saturday’s Game
The Bruins visit the Senators Saturday in the first of eight games between these teams and the first of four games of 's series at Scotiabank Place. The Bruins are 7-4-0 and 3-3-0 on the road. The Senators are 10-1-0 with a 6-1-0 record on home ice. The B's are 1-1-0 vs. Northeast Division teams and 3-2-0 vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Senators are 3-0-0 vs. Northeast Division teams and are 10-1-0 vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

All-time Series
The Bruins are 42-24-8-6 all-time vs. Ottawa with a 261-217 scoring advantage in those 80 games. The B's are also 18-12-3-6 all-time vs. the Senators in Ottawa with a 117-103 scoring edge in those 39 contests. The Black & Gold were 4-4-0 vs. the Senators in last season's series with Ottawa winning the last meeting of these clubs by a 6-3 margin in Boston on Apr. 7, 2007 and the Bruins winning the last game in Ottawa with a 3-2 victory on Mar. 27, 2007.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have won two of their last three games with a 3-1 win over Chicago on Oct. 25, a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia on Oct. 27 and a 4-3 overtime victory over Buffalo on Nov. 1. The B's are 6-2-0 in their last eight games, including a four-game win streak from Oct. 12-20.

Recent Senators Games
The Senators have won their last five games with victories over NY Rangers (3-1 Oct. 13), Montreal (4-3 Oct. 18), Florida (4-1 Oct. 20), New Jersey (4-1 Oct. 27) and Atlanta (6-4 Nov. 1) since suffering their lone loss of the season, a 5-3 setback to Carolina on Oct. 11.

Upcoming Bruins Games
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Cristobal Huet, from France, makes a save off Boston Bruins' Marco Sturm, from Germany, during second period NHL hockey action Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, in Montreal. The Canadiens beat the Bruins 6-1. (AP Photo/Paul Chiasson, The Canadian Press)
The Bruins will complete this home-and-home series with Ottawa hosting the Senators on Nov. 4. Saturday's game is the second in a stretch of nine consecutive games vs. Northeast Division opponents which will continue in Buffalo on Nov. 7 (7:00 p.m.), vs. Montreal on Nov. 8 (7:30 p.m.), vs. Buffalo on Nov. 10 (7:00 p.m.), vs. Toronto on Nov. 15 (7:00 p.m.), in Montreal on Nov. 17 (7:00 p.m.) and in Toronto on Nov. 20 (7:00 p.m.). All games in this stretch are on NESN and WBZ Radio.
 
Upcoming Senators Games
The Senators will next travel to Boston on Nov. 4 before returning home for a four-game home stand, hosting Toronto, Washington, Montreal and Buffalo.

Bruins Injuries
Patrice Bergeron: Out indefinitely; Concussion and broken nose suffered Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia.
Manny Fernandez: Day-to-day; Knee strain suffered Oct. 30 in practice.

Bruins October Transactions
Oct. 1: Nate Thompson, Petteri Nokelainen and Matt Hunwick assigned to Providence/AHL.
Oct. 2: Jeff Hoggan assigned to Providence/AHL).
Oct. 3: Glen Metropolit signed as a free agent.
Oct. 17: Brad Marchand signed to a contract.
Oct. 23: Brandon Bochenski assigned to Providence/AHL on a conditioning stint.
Oct. 28: Brandon Bochenski returned from Providence/AHL conditioning assignment.
Oct. 30: Jordan Sigalet 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)

Bruins 2007-08 Penalty Shots
1. Oct. 27 … Phil Kessel unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia's Martin Biron (15:09 second period).

Bruins Fun Facts
Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic (62) and Glen Murray, second from left, skate in to celebrate after Philip Kessel, right, scored the winning goal in a sudden-death shootout against the New York Rangers during an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, in Boston. The Bruins won, 1-0. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
~ November Birthdays: Glen Murray turned 35 on November 1 and Bobby Allen will turn 29 on Nov. 14.
~ Manny Fernandez is three games shy of his 300th NHL game milestone.
~ Marc Savard is five games shy of his 600th NHL game milestone.
~ Marco Sturm is nine games short of his 700th NHL game milestone.
~ Glen Metropolit is nine games short of his 200th NHL game milestone.
~ The Bruins have 17 sets of back-to-back games and playing the third of these sets Saturday in Ottawa and tomorrow vs. the Senators.
~ Are 1-1-0 in the first game of these series and 2-0-0 in the second game of these sets .
~ The Bruins have two rookies on their current roster – David Krejci and Milan Lucic…Krejci played six NHL games last season while Lucic played his first NHL game Oct. 5 in Dallas in 's opener.
~ The Bruins have five players on their current roster who are new to the organization – Manny Fernandez (trade with Minnesota), Milan Lucic (draft), Glen Metropolit (free agent), Peter Schaefer (trade with Ottawa) 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 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 Bruins have completed six of their 24 seasons series. 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 Players
6  Dennis Wideman  D
~ Scored his first point of the season with a power play goal Oct. 22 in Montreal.
~ Has played the last ten games after not dressing for the season opener.
~ Has not dressed for one game (coach's decision).

10  Brandon Bochenski  RW
~ Played his first Boston game of the season Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
~ Returned Oct. 28 from Providence/AHL where he had been assigned on a conditioning stint on Oct. 23…Had one goal and no penalty minutes in two AHL Bruins games.
~ Dressed, but did not play Oct. 10 in Anaheim.
~ Has not dressed for seven games (coach's decision).

11  P. J. Axelsson  LW
~ Has three assists in his last ten games, recorded on the shorthanded game-winning goal Oct. 6 in Phoenix, Oct. 12 in Los Angeles and Oct. 25 vs. Chicago.

12  Chuck Kobasew  RW
~ Has 3-1-4 totals in four of his last ten games… Scored the shorthanded game-winning goal Oct. 6 in Phoenix; added single tallies Oct. 10 in Anaheim and Oct. 12 in Los Angeles; and had an assist Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay.
~ Had a three-game goal streak from Oct. 6-12 (3-0-3 totals).

13  Glen Metropolit  C
~ Has 2-1-3 totals in two of his last three games with a goal Oct. 25 vs. Chicago and a 1-1-2 effort, including an assist on the overtime score, Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
~ Has one multiple-point game.
~ 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 2-1-3 totals in his last two straight games with a goal Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia and a 1-1-2 effort, including the overtime score, Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
~ Has 4-3-7 totals in four of his last seven games.
~ Has three multiple-point games.
~ Has taken one shootout shot (no goal).

17  Milan Lucic  LW
~ Rookie.
~ 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.
~ Changed his number from 62 to 17 on October 30.

21  Andrew Ference  D
~ Has three assists in two of his last six 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.

22  Shawn Thornton  RW
~ Scoreless in 11 games .
~ Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas.

27  Glen Murray  RW
~ Recorded an assist Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
~ Has one multiple-point game.
~ Had a three-game point streak from Oct. 12-18 (1-3-4 totals).

Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas makes a save on a shot by Buffalo Sabres right wing Jason Pominville in the second period of their NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday Nov. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
30  Tim Thomas  G
~ Has won four of his last five games, including a 4-3 overtime victory over Buffalo on Nov. 1 in his last start.
~ Has faced 30-or-more shots in four of his seven games with a 3-1-0 record in those games.
~ Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in six of his seven games .
~ Had a three-game win streak from Oct. 13-25.
~ Has dressed as backup for four games.

33  Zdeno Chara  D
~ Had an assist Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia, his first point since a two-assist effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles.
~ Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-12 with four assists in that span.
~ Has one multiple-point game.

35  Manny Fernandez  G
~ Has missed one game and is on a day-to-day basis 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 one game to injury (1-knee, Nov. 1).

37  Patrice Bergeron  C
~ Has missed one game and is out indefinitely 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 one game to injury (1-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1).

38  Bobby Allen  D
~ Has not dressed for the last ten games.
~ Played his lone game of the season Oct. 5 in Dallas.
~ Has not dressed for ten games (coach's decision).

41  Andrew Alberts  D
~ Scoreless in 11 games .

44  Aaron Ward  D
~ Has three assists in two of his last three games with a single assist Oct. 25 vs. Chicago and two assists, including one on the overtime goal, Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
~ Has 2-3-5 totals in four of his last eight games, including the game-winning goal at 19:48 of the third period Oct. 13 in San Jose.
~ Has one multiple-point game.

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.

46  David Krejci  C
~ Rookie.
~ His last points came in a two-assist effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles.
~ Has one multiple-point game.?

53  Jeremy Reich  LW
~ Has not dressed for the first 11 games of the season (coach's decision).

57  Jordan Sigalet  G
~ Dressed as backup Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
~ Recalled Oct. 30 from Providence/AHL where he had a 1-0-0 record and 3.00 goals against average in one game, earning a 6-3 win in Philadelphia on Oct. 20.
~ has dressed as backup for one game.

72  Peter Schaefer  LW
~ Has 1-4-5 totals in four of his last eight games…Had two assists Oct. 12 in Los Angeles, scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay and added single assists Oct. 22 in Montreal and Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
~ Has one multiple-point game.
~ 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
Boston Bruins' Philip Kessel, right, celebrates his goal with Andrew Ference (21) in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, in Boston. Boston won 3-1. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
~ Has three goals in two of his last three games, scoring twice Oct. 25 vs. Chicago, including the game-winner, and adding a single tally Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
~ Scored the deciding shootout goal in a 1-0 win over NY Rangers on Oct. 20…it was his fifth career shootout-deciding goal.
~ 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.
~ Has two multiple-point games.
~ Took his first career penalty shot on Oct. 27, unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia's Martin Biron.
~ Has taken one shootout shot (one deciding goal).

91  Marc Savard  C
~ Has 1-2-3 totals in his last two straight games with an assist Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia and a 1-1-2 effort Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
~ Has points in seven of his ten games played with 2-10-12 totals on the season.
~ Has two multiple-point games.
~ Recorded his 500th NHL point with the first assist of a 1-4-5 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles.
~ 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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