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Pregame Notes: Boston @ New York

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

Sunday, January 20, 2008
Madison Square Garden; New York NY
Game Time:  12:30 p.m.
NBC and WBZ Radio


Today’s Game
The Bruins visit the Rangers today in the third of four games between these teams this season and the first of two games of this season’s series at Madison Square Garden. The Bruins are 23-18-5 thus far this season and are 11-10-2 this season on the road. The Rangers are 22-20-6 overall this season with a 15-10-0 record on home ice. The Bruins are 7-4-2 this season vs. Atlantic Division teams and they are 18-15-5 overall vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Rangers are 6-5-2 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 22-15-4 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

All-time Series
The Bruins are 278-231-97-4 all-time vs. New York with a 1946-1781 scoring edge in those 610 games. The Bruins are 116-135-55-0 all-time vs. the Rangers in New York with the Rangers holding a 939-858 scoring advantage in those 306 contests. The Bruins have won the first two games of this season’s series thus far with shootout victories each Oct. 20 in Boston (1-0) and Jan. 19 in Boston (4-3). Those wins snapped an eight-game losing streak vs. the Rangers at 0-5-3 dating back to 2004.

The last three games between these teams have been decided in shootout with New York’s Jaromir Jagr scoring the deciding goal in a 2-1 win on Mar. 24 of last season and Boston’s Phil Kessel scoring the deciding goals in both of the games of this season’s series, 1-0 on Oct. 20 and 4-3 on Jan. 19.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have taken points out of their last three games at 2-0-1 with a 4-3 overtime win in Philadelphia on Jan. 12, a 3-2 shootout loss to Toronto on Jan. 17 and a 4-3 shootout win over the Rangers on Jan. 19. They are 5-2-1 in their last eight games. The Bruins have gone into overtime in their last three straight games for the first time since Nov. 15-16-18, 2006 and they last went to overtime in four straight games on Apr. 6-8-10-11, 2006.

Recent Rangers Games
The Rangers have taken points out of three of their last four games at 2-1-1 with a 4-1 win over Montreal on Jan. 12, a 4-1 loss at Pittsburgh on Jan. 14, a 2-1 victory over Buffalo on Jan. 16 and a 4-3 shootout loss in Boston on Jan. 19. That followed a five-game losing streak at 0-4-1 and they are 5-7-3 in their last 15 games overall.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will next face the Canadiens in Montreal on Jan. 22 (7:30 p.m.; VERSUS/WBZ Radio) before returning home to host the NY Islanders on Jan. 24 (7:00 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio) and the Nashville Predators on Jan. 29 (7:00 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio). They will close out the month at the Ottawa Senators on Jan. 31 (7:30 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio).

Upcoming Rangers Games
The Rangers continue their current three-game home stand, hosting the Atlanta Thrashers on Jan. 22 and Jan. 24.

Bruins Injuries
Andrew Alberts:  Post-concussion syndrome.
Bobby Allen:  Back spasms.
P. J. Axelsson:  Bruised right foot.
Patrice Bergeron:  Concussion and broken nose.
Manny Fernandez:  Dec. 12 left knee surgery.
Glen Murray:  Hip flexor strain.

Bruins January Transactions
Jan. 2:  Shane Hnidy acquired from Anaheim for Brandon Bochenski and 2008 sixth round draft pick.
Jan. 3:  Matt Hunwick returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 5:  Tuukka Rask recalled from Providence/AHL and returned to Providence/AHL after the game.
Jan. 11:  Matt Lashoff returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 11:  Vladimir Sobotka recalled from Providence/AHL.
Jan. 16:  Pascal Pelletier recalled from Providence/AHL.

Bruins 2007-08 Shootouts
1.  Oct. 10 … NY Rangers 0 at Boston 1 … Boston Goal: Manny Fernandez (W) … NY Rangers Goal:  Henrik Lundqvist (L)
Boston Shooters: Bergeron (N), Sturm (N), Kessel (Y) … NY Rangers 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)
3.  Dec. 20 … Pittsburgh 5 at Boston 4 … Boston Goal: Tim Thomas (L) … Pittsburgh Goal: Ty Conklin (W)
Boston Shooters: Kessel (N), Sturm (N) … Pittsburgh Shooters:  Christensen (Y), Letang (Y)
4.  Jan. 17 … Toronto 3 at Boston 2 … Boston Goal:  Alex Auld (L) … Toronto Goal:  Vesa Toskala (W)
Boston Shooters:  Kessel (N), Savard (N) … Toronto Shooters:  Kaberle (N), Sundin (Y), Steen (Y)
5.  Jan. 19 … NY Rangers 3 at Boston 4 … Boston Goal:  Tim Thomas … NY Rangers Goal:  Henrik Lundqvist (L)
Boston Shooters: Kobasew (N), Kessel (Y), Chara (Y) … NY Rangers Shooters:  Shanahan (N), Prucha (N)

Bruins 2007-08 Penalty Shots For and Against:
1F.  Oct. 27 … Phil Kessel unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia’s Martin Biron (15:09 second period).
A.  Dec. 28 … Carolina’s Chad Larose successful shorthanded vs. Tim Thomas (15:28 second period).

January Birthdays:
- Alex Auld turned 27 years old on January 7.
- Petteri Nokelainen turned 22 years old on January 16.
- Aaron Ward turned 35 years old on January 17.

Bruins Fun Facts
- Glen Metropolit is two points shy of his 100th NHL point milestone.
- Marco Sturm is two assists short of his 200th NHL assist milestone.
- Chuck Kobasew is four points short of his 100th NHL point milestone.
- Peter Schaefer is four goals shy of his 100th NHL goal milestone.

- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will play in his third career NHL All-Star Game on January 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta … Chara was voted in as a starter by fans.
- Center Marc Savard will appear in his first career All-Star Game as he was named by the NHL as an injury replacement for Dany Heatley on Jan. 14.
- Left wing Milan Lucic as been selected by the League to take part in the Young Stars festivities during All-Star Weekend on January 26 and 27.

- The Bruins have recorded three shutouts this season, all by different goaltenders. Manny Fernandez recorded a 1-0 shootout victory over NY Rangers on Oct. 20, Alex Auld notched a 2-0 win vs. Columbus on Dec. 15 and Tim Thomas won a 2-0 decision over Washington on Jan. 3.
- It is the first time the Bruins have had three goaltenders record complete-game shutouts since 1997-98 (Jim Carey, Byron Dafoe, Robbie Tallas).

- The Bruins have 17 sets of back-to-back games this season and are playing the tenth of these series yesterday vs. the Rangers and today in New York.
- They are 4-4-2 this season in the first game of these series and are 2-6-1 in the second game of these sets thus far this season.

- The Bruins have five rookies on their current roster – David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Petteri Nokelainen, Pascal Pelletier and Vladimir Sobotka.
- The Bruins have nine players on their active roster who are new to the Bruins this season – Alex Auld (trade with Phoenix), Shane Hnidy (trade), Milan Lucic (draft), Glen Metropolit (free agent), Petteri Nokelainen (trade with NY Islanders), Pascal Pelletier (free agent), Peter Schaefer (trade with Ottawa), Vladimir Sobotka (draft) and Shawn Thornton (free agent).

- The Bruins have completed eight of their 24 season series. They are 0-1-0 vs. Anaheim, 1-0-0 vs. Chicago, 1-0-0 vs. Columbus, 0-1-0 vs. Dallas, 1-0-0 vs. Los Angeles, 1-0-0 vs. Phoenix, 0-1-0 vs. St. Louis and 1-0-0 vs. San Jose.
- The Bruins opened this season 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 this season and will not play teams in the Northwest Division.


The Players
6—Dennis Wideman—D

- Has 2-3-5 totals in his last eight games scoring single goals each Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta, which was the 18,000th goal in Bruins franchise history, and Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey; a two-assist effort Jan. 17 vs. Toronto; and an assist Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Had a seven-game point streak from Nov. 29-Dec. 10 (2-5-7 totals), the longest point streak by a Bruins defenseman since Ray Bourque had an eight-game streak (4-6-10 totals) from Oct. 12-Nov. 2, 1995.
- Has not dressed for one game this season (coach’s decision).

11—P.J. Axelsson—LW
- Has missed three games with a bruised right foot suffered Jan. 10 vs. Montreal.
- Has 5-2-7 totals in his last ten games…Had single tallies each Dec. 20 vs. Pittsburgh, Dec. 23 in Pittsburgh, Dec. 28 in Carolina and Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta; and a 1-2-3 effort Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey, which matched his career-high for points in a game.
- Has 7-4-11 totals in his last 18 games.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Has missed three games to injury (3-foot, Jan. 12-19).

12—Chuck Kobasew—RW
- Snapped a seven-game scoreless stretch with two goals Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers…It was his third two-goal effort of the season.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game goal streak from Oct. 6-12 (3-0-3 totals).
- Has taken two shootout shot this season (no goals).

13—Glen Metropolit—C
- Has three assists in his last eight games with an assist Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta and two assists Jan. 3 vs. Washington.
- Has four 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 three-game goal/point streak in progress (3-2-5 totals) with 4-4-8 totals in his last seven games…Had an assist Jan. 3 vs. Washington; 1-1-2 efforts each Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey and Jan. 12 in Phladelphia; a goal Jan. 17 vs. Toronto; and a 1-1-2 night Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers.
- Has eight multiple-point games.
- Had a six-game point streak from Nov. 8-23 (4-3-7 totals).
- 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 this season (no goal).
- Has missed one game to injury (1-eye, Dec. 12).

17—Milan Lucic—LW
- Rookie.
- Has 1-1-2 totals in his last ten games with an assist Dec. 28 in Carolina and a goal Jan. 10 vs. Montreal.
- 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 three multiple-point games.
- Played his first NHL game Oct. 5 in Dallas…Recorded his first NHL assist/point and his first NHL goal Oct. 12 in Los Angeles with the goal proving the game-winner.
- Has not dressed for one game (coach’s decision).
- Has missed four games to injury (4-head, Nov. 24-Dec. 1).
- Changed his number from 62 to 17 on October 30.
- Will take part in the Young Stars festivities during All-Star weekend at Philips Arena in Atlanta on Jan. 26-27.

21—Andrew Ference—D
- Has seven assists in his last 17 games with two-assist efforts each Dec. 12 in Atlanta, Dec. 20 vs. Pittsburgh and Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta and a single assist Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Has missed 16 games to injury (4-upper core, Nov. 4-10; 12-knee, Nov. 17-Dec. 10).

22—Shawn Thornton—RW
- Has played in 11 of the last 12 games.
- Played his 100th NHL game Jan. 10 vs. Montreal.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Has not dressed for one game (coach’s decision).
- Has missed 20 games to injury (19-foot, Nov. 7-Dec. 18).

27—Glen Murray—RW
- Has missed 12 games with a hip flexor strain.
- Has 4-1-5 totals in five of his last 11 games…Had single goals each Dec. 1 in Tampa Bay, Dec. 3 at NY Islanders and Dec. 5 in New Jersey; an assist Dec. 6 vs. Montreal; and a goal Dec. 12 in Atlanta.
- Has 9-4-13 totals in ten of his last 18 games.
- Has three 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).
- Has had two four-game point streaks, from Nov. 15-23 (3-3-6 totals) and Dec. 1-6 (3-1-4 totals).
- Has missed 12 games to injury (12-hip, Dec. 22-Jan. 19).

29—Alex Auld—G
- Dressed as backup Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers…Had played the previous two games with a 1-0-1 record, with a 4-3 overtime win in Philadelphia on Jan. 12 and a 3-2 shootout loss to Toronto on Jan. 17.
- Had a 2-0 win over Columbus on Dec. 15, which was the fourth shutout of his NHL career, his second of the season and his first as a Bruin.
- Has played in one shootout this season (0-1, 2 goals/3 shots).
- Acquired Dec. 6 from Phoenix for Nate DiCasmirro and a 2009 fifth round draft pick.
- Was playing in San Antonio/AHL at the time of the trade, where he was assigned Nov. 20 from Phoenix…Had a 3-6-0 record in nine Coyotes games this season with one shutout, a 1-0 win in Anaheim on Oct. 25…Had a 1-1-0 record with San Antonio, with the win a 7-0 victory over Milwaukee on Nov. 24…Is in his seventh professional season and Boston is his fourth NHL organization (Vancouver, Florida, Phoenix).
- Has not dressed for one game (at home following son’s birth).
- Has dressed as backup for nine Boston games.

30—Tim Thomas—G
- Won his last start with a 4-3 shootout victory over NY Rangers on Jan. 19, his first shootout win of the season.
- Had dressed as backup for the previous two games, just the second time this season he had served in that capacity in consecutive games (Oct. 20-22).
- Is 7-6-1 in his last 14 decisions, including his fifth career shutout in a 2-0 win over Washington on Jan. 3.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in 17 of his 28 complete games with a 10-6-1 record in those games…His season-high in shots faced was 52 Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in 17 of his 28 complete games this season (10-5-2 record) and has allowed one goal or less in ten of those contests (8-1-1).
- Has had two three-game win streaks—from Oct. 13-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 5.
- Allowed a shorthanded penalty shot goal by Carolina’s Chad Larose on Dec. 28 and has now faced four career penalty shots, allowing two goals.
- Has played in three shootouts this season (1-2, 4 goals/6 shots).
- Has dressed as backup for ten games.
- Has missed six games to injury (6-groin, Dec. 6-15).

33—Zdeno Chara—D
- Has a three-game point streak in progress (1-4-5 totals) with 2-8-10 totals in his last eight games…Had two assists Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta; a 1-1-2 effort Jan. 3 vs. Washington; an assist Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey; a three-assist effort Jan. 12 in Philadelphia which is a career-high for assists in a game and matched his previous career-high for points in a game; a goal Jan. 17 vs. Toronto; and an assist Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers.
- Has seven multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-12 with (0-4-4 totals).
- Had a four-game assist/point streak from Nov. 10-20 (1-4-5 totals).
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (goal).
- Will play in his third career NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta…Was voted on the team as a starter by fans.

34—Shane Hnidy—D
- Has played the last seven games, including his first game as a Bruin Jan. 3 vs. Washington.
- Acquired Jan. 2 from Anaheim for Brandon Bochenski and a 2008 sixth round draft pick.
- Had 1-2-3 totals in 33 games with Anaheim at the time of the trade…Originally drafted by Buffalo as their seventh pick, 173rd overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and Boston becomes his fifth NHL team (Ottawa, Nashville, Atlanta, Anaheim).

35—Manny Fernandez—G
- Is out of the lineup following Dec. 12 knee surgery.
- 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 this season (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 35 games to injury (35-knee, Nov. 1-Dec. 5; Dec. 8-Jan. 19).

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. Montreal.
- Has 3-4-7 totals in five of his ten games played this season.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (no goal).
- Has missed 36 games to injury (36-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-Jan. 19).

38—Bobby Allen—D
- Has missed the last 11 games with recurring back spasms after playing in the previous three games…Had missed the previous five games with the back spasms.
- Has not dressed for 15 games (coach’s decision).
- Has missed 17 games to injury (1-arm, Nov. 10; 16-back, Dec. 8-15; Dec. 23-Jan. 19).

41—Andrew Alberts—D
- Has missed the last 14 games with post-concussion syndrome.
- Recorded his second assist of the season Nov. 26 in Philadelphia.
- Has missed 14 games to injury (14-post-concussion syndrome, Dec. 18-Jan. 19).

42—Pascal Pelletier—LW
- Has played the last two games, including his first NHL game Jan. 17 vs. Toronto…Was the fifth Bruin to make his NHL debut this season (Hunwick, Lucic, Rask, Sobotka).
- Recalled Jan. 16 from Providence/AHL where he led that team in scoring with 24-24-48 totals and 54 PIM in 40 AHL Bruins games…Led the AHL in goals and was fourth overall in that league’s scoring race at the time of the recall.

44—Aaron Ward—D
- Has scored single goals each in two of his last four games, Jan. 10 vs. Montreal and Jan. 12 in Philadelphia (overtime score), after missing the previous eight games with a broken foot.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Has missed 13 games to injury (2-concussion, Nov. 10-15; 3-ankle, Dec. 3-6; 8-foot, Dec. 22-Jan. 8).

45—Mark Stuart—D
- Scored his second goal of the season with the game-winning effort Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta…His older brother Colin scored for the Thrashers in that game as they became just the second siblings to tally in the same game this season (Marian and Marcel Hossa on Dec. 7, NY Rangers at Atlanta).

46—David Krejci—C
- Rookie.
- Has four assists - recorded Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta, Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey, Jan. 10 vs. Montreal and Jan. 12 in Philadelphia - in the eight games since his Dec. 30 recall from Providence/AHL.
- Had 7-21-28 totals with 19 PIM in 25 AHL Bruins games with a +14 rating.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Began the season in Boston and had three assists in 12 games before his Nov. 4 assignment to Providence/AHL…Recorded his first NHL point with an assist Oct. 6 at Phoenix.

53—Jeremy Reich—LW
- His 1-1-2 totals on the season came in a three-game span, scoring his first NHL goal Dec. 15 vs. Columbus in his 61st NHL game and his eighth professional season and adding a shorthanded assist Dec. 20 vs. Pittsburgh.
- Has not dressed for 12 games this season (coach’s decision).

56—Petteri Nokelainen—C/W
- Rookie.
- His last point was a goal Dec. 23 in Pittsburgh.
- Played 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…Scored his first goal/point as a Bruin with the game-winning tally Dec. 3 at NY Islanders (his first NHL goal/point since Oct. 13, 2005 in New Jersey while with the NY Islanders).
- Recalled Nov. 4 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.

60—Vladimir Sobotka—C
- Has played the last three games after being recalled Jan. 11 from Providence/AHL for his second stint of the season in Boston … Had 10-10-20 totals with 37 PIM and a +12 plus/minus rating in 18 AHL Bruins games.
- Recorded his first two NHL points in a three-game span with single assists each Dec. 12 in Atlanta and Dec. 15 vs. Columbus.
- Played his first NHL game Nov. 24 at NY Islanders.
- Has not dressed for one game (coach's decision).
- Has missed three games to injury (3-upper body, Dec. 6-10).

72—Peter Schaefer—LW
- Has missed the last two games with the flu.
- Has 1-2-3 totals in his last eight games with single assists each Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta and Jan. 10 vs. Montreal and a goal Jan. 12 in Philadelphia.
- Has two multiple-point games, including a season-high 2-1-3 effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto, which matched his previous career-high for goals in a 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. Montreal.
- Has missed two games to illness (2-flu, Jan. 17-19).

81—Phil Kessel—C/W
- Has 2-4-6 totals in his last 11 games with single goals each Dec. 28 in Carolina and Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta, a two-assist effort Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey and single assists each Jan. 10 vs. Montreal and Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers … Also scored the deciding shootout goal vs. New York on the 19th.
- Has four 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.
- Has taken four shootout shots this season, scoring the deciding goals each in a 1-0 win over NY Rangers on Oct. 20 and a 4-3 win over NY Rangers on Jan. 19…He now has six career shootout deciding goals.
- Took his first career penalty shot on Oct. 27, unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia’s Martin Biron.
- Played his 100th NHL game Dec. 12 in Atlanta.

91—Marc Savard—C
- Has a four-game point streak in progress with 1-5-6 totals in that span and has 3-6-9 totals in his last eight games…Had an assist Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta; the game-winning goals each Jan. 3 vs. Washington and Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey; an assist Jan. 10 vs. Montreal; a 1-1-2 effort Jan. 12 in Philadelphia; two assists Jan. 17 vs. Toronto; and an assist Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers.
- Has 6-11-17 totals in his last 19 contests.
- Has ten multiple-point games.
- Had a career-best 12-game assist/point streak from Nov. 10-Dec. 6 (2-17-19 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 New Jersey).
- Will play in his first career NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
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