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Pre-Game Notes: Ottawa Senators vs. Bruins

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS vs. OTTAWA SENATORS

Sunday, November 4, 2007
TD Banknorth Garden; Boston MA
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio

Ottawa Senators' Andrej Meszaros, right, of Slovakia, tries to get away from Boston Bruins' Dennis Wideman, left, as Wideman lines up a punch after the Senators' 3-2 win in an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, in Ottawa. (AP Photo/Sean Kilpatrick, The Canadian Press)
Tonight’s Game
The Bruins host the Senators tonight in the second of eight games between these teams and the first of four games of 's series at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins are 7-5-0  and are 4-1-0 on home ice. The Senators are 11-1-0 with a perfect 4-0-0 record on the road. The Bruins are 1-2-0 vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 3-3-0 vs. Eastern Conference foes.

The Senators are 4-0-0 vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 11-1-0 vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

All-time Series
The Bruins are 42-25-8-6 all-time vs. Ottawa with a 263-220 scoring advantage in those 81 games. The Bruins are 24-12-5-0 all-time vs. the Senators in Boston with a 144-114 scoring edge in those 41 contests. The Senators won the first game this year's series with a 3-2 victory in Ottawa on Nov. 3.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have split their last four games with a 3-1 win over Chicago on Oct. 25, a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia on Oct. 27, a 4-3 overtime victory over Buffalo on Nov. 1 and a 3-2 setback in Ottawa on Nov. 3. They are 6-3-0 in their last nine games, including a four-game win streak from Oct. 12-20.

Recent Senators Games
The Senators have won their last six 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), Atlanta (6-4 Nov. 1) and Boston (3-2 Nov. 3) since suffering their lone loss of the season, a 5-3 setback to Carolina on Oct. 11.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will continue their stretch of nine consecutive games vs. Northeast Division opponents (1-1-0 ) 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 return 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.

Nokelainen
Bruins Recent Transactions
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.
Nov. 4: David Krejci assigned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 4: Petteri Nokelainen 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
~ 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 four games shy of his 600th NHL game milestone.
~ Marco Sturm is eight games short of his 700th NHL game milestone.
~ Glen Metropolit is eight games short of his 200th NHL game milestone.
~ The Bruins have 17 sets of back-to-back games and are playing the third of these sets last night in Ottawa and tomorrow vs. the Senators.
~ They are 1-2-0 in the first game of these series and are 2-0-0 in the second game of these sets  .
~ The Bruins have two rookies on their current roster – Milan Lucic, who played his first NHL game Oct. 5 in Dallas in 's opener, and Petteri Nokelainen, who played 15 NHL games with the NY Islanders in the 2005-06 season.
~ The Bruins have six players on their current roster who are new to the organization – Manny Fernandez (trade with Minnesota), Milan Lucic (draft), Glen Metropolit (free agent), Petteri Nokelainen (trade with NY Islanders), 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. 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 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 11 games after not dressing for the season opener.
~ Has not dressed for one game (coach's decision).

10 Brandon Bochenski RW
~ Has played the last two games, including his first 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 11 games, recorded on the shorthanded game-winning goal Oct. 6 in Phoenix, Oct. 12 in Los Angeles and Oct. 25 vs. Chicago.

Boston Bruins' Chuck Kobasew, left, celebrates his second period goal against the Ottawa Senators with teammate Phil Kessel in NHL hockey action at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Saturday Nov 3, 2007. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)
12 Chuck Kobasew RW
~ Scored both of Boston's goals Nov. 3 in Ottawa, his first points since an assist Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay.
~ Has one multiple-point game.
~ 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 four 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 a three-game point streak in progress with 2-2-4 totals in that span…Scored a goal Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia; a 1-1-2 effort, including the overtime score, Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo; and an assist Nov. 3 vs. Ottawa.
~ Has 4-4-8 totals in five of his last eight 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 seven 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 12 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' Tim Thomas keeps his eye on the puck as he deflects a shot in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, in Boston. The Flyers won 2-1. (AP Photo.Michael Dwyer)
30 Tim Thomas G
~ Lost his last start with a 3-2 setback in Ottawa on Nov. 3.
~ Has won four of his last six games.
~ Has faced 30-or-more shots in five of his eight games with a 3-2-0 record in those games…His season-high in shots faced was 45 Nov. 3 in Ottawa.
~ Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in six of his eight games .
~ Had a three-game win streak from Oct. 13-25.
~ Has dressed as backup for four games.

33 Zdeno Chara D
~ Has single assists each in two of his last three games, recorded Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia and Nov. 3 in Ottawa.
~ 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 two games 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 two games to injury (2-knee, Nov. 1-3).

37 Patrice Bergeron C
~ Has missed two games 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 two games to injury (2-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-3).

38 Bobby Allen D
~ Has not dressed for the last 11 games.
~ Played his lone game of the season Oct. 5 in Dallas.
~ Has not dressed for 11 games (coach's decision).

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 four 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 nine 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.

53 Jeremy Reich LW
~ Has not dressed for the first 12 games of the season (coach's decision).

56 Petteri Nokelainen C/W
~ Is looking to play his first game as a Bruin…It will be his first NHL game since April 2, 2006 vs. Philadelphia while with the NY Islanders…He has two career NHL points, both coming in a 1-1-2 effort Oct. 13, 2005 in Washington while with the NY Islanders.
~ Recalled today from Providence/AHL where he was third in that team's scoring race with 3-5-8 totals and 4 PIM in eight AHL Bruins games.

57 Jordan Sigalet G
~ Has dressed as backup for the last two games.
~ 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 two games.

72 Peter Schaefer LW
~ Has 1-4-5 totals in four of his last nine 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.

Boston Bruins' Philip Kessel (81) moves in to score on Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, of Russia, as Magnus Johansson, right, of Sweden, defends in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
81 Phil Kessel C/W
~  Has three goals in two of his last four 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 a three-game point streak in progress with 1-3-4 totals in that span…Had an assist Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia; a 1-1-2 effort Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo; and an assist Nov. 3 in Ottawa.
~ Has points in eight of his 11 games played with 2-11-13 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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