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The Boston Bruins Week Ahead: 10/30 - 11/6

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

October 30 – November 6

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

TUUKKA TIME: Goaltender Tuukka Rask recorded his first shutout of the season on October 27 vs. Arizona marking the 27th shutout of his career. That milestone shutout ties him with Ed Johnston for fourth place on the club’s all-time shutout list.

YOU DRIVE ME KREJCI: David Krejci had two goals on October 27 vs. the Coyotes which extended his point streak to eight games with 7-7=14 totals in that span. That is the longest point streak by a Bruin to open a season since both Joe Juneau (7-15=22 totals) and Dmitri Kvartalnov (12-10=22 totals) had points in their first 14 games of the 1992-93 campaign.

TWO GOAL LEADS: Boston’s 6-0 win against the Coyotes on October 27 marked the sixth straight game that the Bruins have held a two-or-more goal lead in a game and now have a 4-1-1 record in those games.  The Bruins are 161-10-8 since the start of the 2010-11 season in games in which they have held a two-goal lead in a game and that extends to 99-1-2 when they have led by three-or-more goals in a game.

CHARA HITS MILESTONE: Captain Zdeno Chara appeared in his 1,200th NHL game on October 23 against the New York Islanders, the same team that drafted him in the third round (56th overall) of 1996 NHL Entry Draft.

ON THE OFFENSIVE: Entering the weekend the Boston Bruins lead the NHL in power play percentage, executing at a 32.1% clip (9-for-28) on the man advantage.  The Bruins also lead the league in goals per game, scoring 4.12 goals per game, scoring 33 goals (tied for fourth in the league) in eight games.

BRUINS AND TD BANK HOST MOVEMBER NIGHT ON 11/3 VS DALLAS: All fans in attendance at TD Garden on November 3, when the Bruins take on the Dallas Stars, will receive a stick-on moustache to kick off Movember to help raise awareness for men’s health.  For each selfie taken with the moustache using hashtag #BruinsMO TD Bank will donate $1 to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Boston Bruins Foundation will match the total donation amount.

#MYBRUINSHALLOWEEN: Share your Black & Gold spirit this Halloween using #MyBruinsHalloween. The best B’s costume, decorations, or jack-o’-lanterns will win tickets to see the Bruins vs. Stars this Tuesday, November 3 at 7:00 PM at TD Garden. The contest ends on 11/2.

#PUCKSANDPUPS: Use the hashtag #PucksAndPups to share a photo of your four-legged friend in B’s gear on Twitter or Instagram for your dog’s chance to be featured in the 2016 Pucks & Pups Calendar presented by The Black Dog. The contest ends on 11/6.

NHL ANNOUNCES 2ND SEASON OF EPIX PRESENTS ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC: Premium TV network EPIX and the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced that EPIX Presents Road To the NHL Winter Classic™ will be returning to the channel and will make its U.S. television premiere Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 10pm ET/PT, 9C.  The weekly series, consisting of four one-hour episodes, will focus on the heated rivalry between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens as they prepare for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on New Year’s Day 2016. This will be the second year that EPIX and the NHL® team up for this all-access look inside the lives of these elite professional athletes, their families and their fans. In addition, U.S. hockey fans will be able to stream each episode of EPIX Presents Road To the NHL Winter Classic live as it premieres on EPIX via EPIX.com and NHL.com.

ECHOSTOR GOALS FOR CHARITY: For every goal the Bruins score during the 2015-16 season, EchoStor will donate $100 to the Boston Bruins Foundation. To date EchoStor has raised $3,300 for the Bruins Foundation.

LIMITED INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AVAILABLE: Individual game tickets are available for home Games at TD Garden, including next week's matchup against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. To purchase visit BostonBruins.com/tickets.

GROUP TICKETS TO SEE THE BRUINS:  Group tickets for the 2015-16 Boston Bruins season are on sale now. Gather a group of ten or more and take advantage of discounted group pricing – saving you and your group up to $30 dollars per person. For a limited time, bring your group of 20 or more to a Bruins game this season and you'll have the ability to purchase two (2) tickets to the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® taking place on Friday, January 1, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Offer valid for a limited time only and has been effective since September 23, 2015. To learn more visit BostonBruins.com/groups or dial 617-624-1805.

BRUINS SUITES: Limited suites are available for Bruins October matchups. An ideal spot to catch the game with a group, suites can accommodate 18 to 60 fans and feature a private living room, exclusive entrance with early access, in-suite catering options and more. For additional information, visit BostonBruins.com/suiterentals or call 617-624-1847.

PICK-A-PLAN: Bruins Pick-A-Plan packages are on sale now and provide fans with the flexibility to customize their own game plan by choosing from a selection of 11 different games, including marquee matchups at the TD Garden against the Montreal Canadiens as well as Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins. To purchase visit BostonBruins.com/pickaplan.

SKATE & SKI TICKET PACKAGE: The Bruins, Loon Mountain and 98.5 The Sports Hub have teamed up again this season to bring you the Skate & Ski ticket package. Purchase a Skate & Ski ticket to select Bruins weekday games during October through December for $99 and receive a complimentary lift ticket to Loon Mountain, New England's most accessible mountain resort destination! To learn more or to purchase a Skate & Ski ticket visit: BostonBruins.com/skateandski.

AIR DATES FOR SEASON 3 OF BEHIND THE B: Episodes 1 – 3 of Behind the B presented by ALEX AND ANI have already aired on NESN and are available now on bostonbruins.com/behindtheb.  The Bruins have a total of 13 episodes that are slated to air during the 2015-16 season and will be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native, Denis Leary. Other exclusive Behind the B related content will be available on bostonbruins.com and the Boston Bruins Digital Entertainment Network (Bruins DEN) throughout the season.

Remaining Behind the B Season 3 Air Dates on NESN:
Episode 4: Sunday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 5: Monday, November 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Episode 6: Saturday, December 12 at 4:00 p.m.
Episode 7: Sunday, December 27 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 8: Monday, January 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 9: Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Episode 10: Sunday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. (6:30 p.m. encore)
Episode 11: Tuesday, March 15 at 9:00 p.m.
Episode 12: Wednesday, March 30 at 8:00 p.m.
Episode 13: TBD

*Air dates and times are subject to change

BRUINS ON THE AIRWAVES: Bruins defenseman Torey Krug has been confirmed as a weekly call-in guest with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand  (Zo and Bertrand), which airs weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Adam McQuaid will be a regular guest on 100.7 WZLX with Kevin Karlson and Pete McKenzie (Karlson & McKenzie), which airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Call-in days and times are dependent upon the B’s schedule.

BROADCAST INFORMATION…

UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Sarah Davis will be covering the Bruins upcoming matchups against the Tampa Bay Lightning on October 31, the Dallas Stars on November 3 and the Washington Capitals on November 5. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

10/31 at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
11/3 vs. Dallas Stars, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
11/5 at Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

TWEET OF THE WEEK…

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW):
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPNBoston.com): In case you don't win a Hockey Fights Cancer Bruins warmup jersey, buy a regular sweater, wash it and toss in a purple sock. Still donate.

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com): The dogs are here for the puppy calendar shoot. Please make puppies at practice a regular thing.
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Outstanding setup by Brad Marchand. Faked Michael Stone into Charlestown.

2015-16 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 1, Week 5
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPNBoston.com), Week 2, 7
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 3
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 4
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com), Week 6

MEDIA INFORMATION: Throughout the 2015-16 season, the Bruins Communications staff will provide schedule updates, releases and transcripts on the Boston Bruins Media Site, which can be accessed at www.bostonbruins.com/media using the follow combination: E-mail: media@bostonbruins.com, Password: media.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE & MEDIA AVAILABILITY
-Schedule is subject to change
-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-All times are local to where the practice or game is taking place
-Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public

Saturday, October 31 (Tampa, FL / Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate at Amalie Arena (401 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602), 11:30 a.m.
-Players available to the media after morning skate
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after players
-Game vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:00 p.m.
-Travel to Boston, MA

Sunday, November 1
-TBD

Monday, November 2 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Players will be available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after the players

Tuesday, November 3  (Boston, MA)
-Morning skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after morning skate in the Will McDonough Press Room
-Players will be available to the media following Head Coach Claude Julien in the Bruins locker room
-Home game vs. Dallas Stars, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 4 (Boston, MA / Washington, DC)
-Practice at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Players will be available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after the players
-Travel to Washington, DC

Thursday, November 5 (Washington, DC / Montreal, QC)
-Morning Skate at Verizon Center (601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004), 11:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available after morning skate
-Players will be available following Coach Julien
-Game vs. Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m.
-Travel to Montreal, QC

Friday, November 6 (Montreal, QC)
-Practice at Bell Centre (1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal, Montréal, QC H4B 5G0), 2:00 p.m.
-Players will be available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after the players

2015-16 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
1. D. Krejci, 7
2. P. Bergeron, 4
T3. J. Hayes, 3
T3. B. Connolly, 3

Assists
T1. D. Krejci, 7
T1. T. Krug, 7
T1. L. Eriksson, 7
T3. P. Bergeron, 5
T3. J. Hayes, 5

Points
1. D. Krejci, 14
T2. P. Bergeron, 9
T2. L. Eriksson, 9
4. J. Hayes, 8
5. T. Krug, 7
6. R. Spooner, 6

Plus/Minus
T1. Z. Chara, +5
T1. A. McQuaid, +5
2. D. Krejci, +4

Penalty Minutes
1. Z. Rinaldo, 25
2. R. Spooner, 17
3. A. McQuaid, 13

NHL Leaders
-Entering Friday, David Krejci is tied for second (T. Seguin, DAL) in the NHL in points with 14
-Patrice Bergeron is tied for first in the league in power play goals with four (J. Benn, DAL, B. Gallagher, MTL)
-Torey Krug leads the league in power play assists with five.
-David Krejci is tied with Ryan O’Reilly (BUF) for first in the league in power play points with six.

2015-2016 Milestones
NHL Debuts
-10/8 vs. MTL: Joonas Kemppainen
-10/10 vs. WPG: Colin Miller
-10/14 at COL: Tommy Cross
-10/14 at COL: Tyler Randell

First NHL Goal
-10/14 at COL: Tyler Randell
-10/23 at NYI: Joonas Kemppainen

First NHL Assist
-10/14 at COL: Colin Miller

Games Played Milestone
-Zdeno Chara played in his 1,200th NHL game on 10/23 at NYI

#10/30/15#

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