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Pregame Notes: NY Islanders vs. Boston

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

Thursday, January 24, 2008
TD Banknorth Garden; Boston MA
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
The Bruins host the Islanders tonight in the fourth and final game between these teams this season and the second and final game of this season’s series at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins are 24-19-5 thus far this season and are 12-8-3 this season on home ice. The Islanders are 24-19-6 overall this season with an 11-10-3 record on the road. The Bruins are 8-4-2 this season vs. Atlantic Division teams and they are 19-16-5 overall vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Islanders are 6-8-0 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 22-18-3 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

All-Time Series
The Bruins are 61-45-21-3 All-time vs. New York with a 441-401 scoring edge in those 130 games. The Bruins are 34-17-11-2 All-time vs. the Islanders in Boston with a 234-180 scoring advantage in those 64 contests. The Bruins are 2-1-0 vs. the Islanders in this season’s series with a 2-1 win in Boston on Nov. 23, a 2-1 loss in New York on Nov. 24 and a 3-1 victory at New York on Dec. 3. The Bruins have taken points out of their last three games vs. the Islanders in Boston at 2-0-0-1 with their last regulation home loss to the Islanders a 3-1 setback on Mar. 11, 2006.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins had their four-game point streak snapped at 3-0-1 with an 8-2 loss in Montreal on Jan. 22. That followed a 4-3 overtime win in Philadelphia on Jan. 12, a 3-2 shootout loss to Toronto on Jan. 17, a 4-3 shootout win over the Rangers on Jan. 19 and a 3-1 victory at NY Rangers on Jan. 20. They are 6-3-1 in their last ten games overall.

Recent Islanders Games
The Islanders are even over their last five games at 2-2-1 with a 3-1 loss to Montreal on Jan. 15, a 3-1 win in New Jersey on Jan. 16, a 5-3 loss to Philadelphia on Jan. 19, a 3-2 overtime loss to Carolina on Jan. 21 and a 6-3 victory at Carolina on Jan. 22. They are 4-3-4 in their last 11 games overall.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will return following this weekend’s All-Star festivities to host 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 Islanders Games
The Islanders will next return home to host Ottawa on Jan. 29 and Los Angeles on Jan. 31.

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 (2-3)
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 one point shy of his 100th NHL point milestone.
- Chuck Kobasew is two points short of his 100th NHL point milestone.
- Marco Sturm is two assists short of his 200th NHL assist 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 and goaltender Tim Thomas will appear in their first career All-Star Games as Savard was named by the NHL as an injury replacement for Dany Heatley on Jan. 14 and Thomas as a replacement for Martin Brodeur on Jan. 22.
- 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 have already completed ten of these series.
- They are 4-4-2 this season in the first game of these series and are 3-6-1 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 four assists in his last four games with a two-assist effort Jan. 17 vs. Toronto and single assists each Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers and Jan. 22 in Montreal.
- Has 2-4-6 totals in his last ten games.
- 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 five 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 five games to injury (5-foot, Jan. 12-22).

12—Chuck Kobasew—RW
- Has 3-1-4 totals in two of his last three games with two goals Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers and a 1-1-2 effort, including his third shorthanded goal of the season, Jan. 20 at NY Rangers.
- Has five multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game goal streak from Oct. 6-12 (3-0-3 totals).
- Has taken two shootout shots this season (no goals).

13—Glen Metropolit—C
- Has 1-3-4 totals in his last ten games with an assist Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta, two assists Jan. 3 vs. Washington and the game-winning goal Jan. 20 at NY Rangers.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Leads the team with eight game-winning points (4-4-8 totals).
- 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 4-2-6 totals in four of his last five games with a 1-1-2 effort Jan. 12 in Phladelphia; a goal Jan. 17 vs. Toronto; a 1-1-2 night Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers; and a goal Jan. 22 in Montreal.
- Has 5-4-9 totals in his last nine games.
- 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 six games with a goal Jan. 10 vs. Montreal and an assist on the game-winning goal Jan. 20 at NY Rangers.
- 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
- His last point was an 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 not dressed for the last two games after playing in 11 of the previous 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 three games (coach’s decision).
- Has missed 20 games to injury (19-foot, Nov. 7-Dec. 18).

27—Glen Murray—RW
- Has missed 14 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 14 games to injury (14-hip, Dec. 22-Jan. 22).

29—Alex Auld—G
- Took the 8-2 loss in Montreal on Jan. 22 in his last start as he allowed four goals in 20 minutes before being relieved by Tim Thomas.
- Had dressed as backup for the previous two games…His last win was a 4-3 overtime victory in Philadelphia on Jan. 12.
- 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 ten Boston games.

30—Tim Thomas—G
- Did not earn a decision in his last appearance as he allowed four goals in 40 minutes in relief of Alex Auld in an 8-2 loss in Montreal on Jan. 22…Has won his last two starts with a 4-3 shootout victory over NY Rangers on Jan. 19 and a 3-1 win at NY Rangers on Jan. 20.
- 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 8-6-1 in his last 15 decisions, including his fifth career shutout in a 2-0 win over Washington on Jan. 3.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in 18 of his 29 complete games with an 11-6-1 record in those games…His season-high in shots faced was 52 Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in 18 of his 29 complete games this season (11-5-2 record) and has allowed one goal or less in 11 of those contests (9-1-1).
- 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).
- Will play in his first career NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

33—Zdeno Chara—D
- Had his four-game point streak stopped Jan. 22 in Montreal with 1-5-6 totals in that span…Had 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 single assists each Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers and Jan. 20 at NY Rangers.
- Has 2-9-11 totals in his last ten games.
- Has seven multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-12 with (0-4-4 totals).
- Has had two four-game point streaks - from Nov. 10-20 (1-4-5 totals) and Jan. 12-20 (1-5-6 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 nine 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 37 games to injury (37-knee, Nov. 1-Dec. 5; Dec. 8-Jan. 22).

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 38 games to injury (38-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-Jan. 22).

38—Bobby Allen—D
- Has missed the last 13 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 19 games to injury (1-arm, Nov. 10; 18-back, Dec. 8-15; Dec. 23-Jan. 22).

41—Andrew Alberts—D
- Has missed the last 16 games with post-concussion syndrome.
- Recorded his second assist of the season Nov. 26 in Philadelphia.
- Has missed 16 games to injury (16-post-concussion syndrome, Dec. 18-Jan. 22).

42—Pascal Pelletier—LW
- Has played the last four 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 six 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 ten 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.
- Snapped an 11-game scoreless stretch with a goal Jan. 22 in Montreal.
- 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 five 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 played the last two games after missing 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 a three-game point streak in progress with 1-2-3 totals in that span…Had an assist Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers, a goal Jan. 20 at NY Rangers and an assist Jan. 22 in Montreal…Also scored the deciding shootout goal vs. the Rangers on the 19th.
- Has 3-5-8 totals in his last 12 games.
- 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 six-game assist/point streak in progress with 1-9-10 totals in that span…Has an assist Jan. 10 vs. Montreal; a 1-1-2 effort Jan. 12 in Philadelphia; two assists Jan. 17 vs. Toronto; an assist Jan. 19 vs. NY Rangers; and two assist efforts each Jan. 20 at NY Rangers and Jan. 22 in Montreal.
- Has 3-10-13 totals in his last ten games with 6-15-21 totals in his last 21 contests.
- Has 12 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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