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The Bruins Week Ahead: 1/16 - 1/22

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins



THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD
January 16 – January 22

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

SECOND EPISODE OF BRUINS ACADEMY TO AIR 1/19: The second episode of Bruins Academy on NESN airs on January 19 at 6:30 p.m. In this episode Bruins Academy visits Frank Vatrano's alma mater the University of Massachusetts, checks in with Providence Bruins goalie Zane McIntyre and catches up with Predators captain Shea Weber who gives the low-down on the host city of the upcoming NHL All Star Game, Nashville. The premiere episode of “Bruins Academy” aired on Sunday, December 20 at 3:30 p.m. on NESN. The series is a fast-paced, educational Black & Gold-themed program created for youth who love the game of hockey. One 30-minute episode will air per month on NESN, and the premiere episode can be viewed on www.BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins mobile app.

POWER PLAY PLACED AT THE TOP: The Bruins power play continues to lead the NHL. The team is 33 for 116 (28.4%), with the next highest percentage being 26.2% (WSH). The Bruins penalty kill has also improved to 83.0%, which means their penalty kill is seventh best in the league. The Bruins are third in the NHL for number of goals scored per game with an average of 2.95.

BEHIND THE B: The next episode of Behind the B presented by ALEX AND ANI airs on Thursday, January 21 at 11:00 p.m. To catch up on Episodes 1–7 of Behind the B presented by ALEX AND ANI, head to www.bostonbruins.com/behindtheb. There will be a total of 13 episodes that are slated to air throughout the 2015-16 season and will be narrated by actor and Worcester, MA native Denis Leary.

Remaining Behind the B Season 3 Air Dates on NESN:
Episode 8: Thursday, January 21 at 11:00 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

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 $12,400 for the Bruins Foundation.

LIMITED INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AVAILABLE: See the B's take TD Garden ice when they return home after a five game road stretch to face the Toronto Maple Leafs this Saturday, January 16 at 7PM, or next Thursday, January 21 at 7PM against the Vancouver Canucks. The first 5,000 fans in the door for Thursday, January 21 at 7PM against the Vancouver Canucks will receive a ‘Boston’s Team Since 1924’ Poster, courtesy of TD Bank. Individual game tickets are available for all upcoming Bruins home games this month. To purchase tickets visit www.BostonBruins.com/tickets.

THE BEAR AND THE GANG: The Bear & the Gang are back! And this time it’s animated by master cartoonist JJ Sedelmaier, who has produced award-winning work for SNL, Adult Swim, MTV and The Daily Show. Watch his work come to life on www.BearShorts.com and look for an all new episode this week!

GROUP TICKETS AVAILABLE: Gather your group of ten or more together and take advantage of discounted group pricing – saving you and your group up to $30 per person! To learn more or to purchase your group tickets visit www.BostonBruins.com/Groups.

BRUINS SUITES: Enjoy your next Bruins game in the comfort of your own suite! Limited Bruins suites are available for upcoming games that include food and beverage packages. Accommodating 18 to 60 fans, suites are the ideal spot to catch the game with a group and feature private amenities and more. For additional information, visit www.BostonBruins.com/suiterentals or call 617-624-1847.

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. Kevan Miller will be calling in to 98.5 The Sports Hub with Fred Toucher and Rich Shertenlieb (Toucher and Rich). The show airs weekdays 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

BROADCAST INFORMATION…

UPCOMING GAMES BROADCAST SCHEDULE: NESN reporters Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Sarah Davis will be covering the Bruins’ upcoming matchups against the Toronto Maple Leafs on January 16, the Montreal Canadiens on January 19 and the Vancouver Canucks on January 21. The Toronto game will also be available on CBC and CITY, and the Vancouver game will be available on SN360. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

1/16 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m. –NESN, CBC, CITY 98.5 The Sports Hub
1/19 at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
1/21 vs. Vancouver Canucks, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, SN360, 98.5 The Sports Hub

TWEET OF THE WEEK…

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW):
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): I read every tweet in an Austrian accent, so yes. "I'll be PastrBack"  

This week’s honorable mentions, listed in no particular order:
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN): Tuukka Rask. Henrik Lundqvist. Noisy. Crowded. Noo Yawks Rain-juhs. Bahstin Broons. NESN. 7pm. BEEE THERRRE!
Reply: @MickColageo: He's pumped AND Jack'd.
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): After seeing The Revenant I can't look at Bruins fans wearing bearskin the same way
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe): Ran into Don Sweeney yesterday at YTZ. Now I see Bryan Murray at YOW. Always laugh when bigshots fly with us peasants.

2015-16 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com), Week 6, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 16, Week 18
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPNBoston.com), Week 2, Week 7, Week 13, Week 17
@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 1, Week 5
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 4
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 3, Week 14
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz), Week 11
@MickColageo (Mick Colageo, New Bedford Standard Times), Week 12
@BobWCVB (Bob Halloran, WCVB): Week 15

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, January 16 (Boston, MA)
-Pregame skate and media availability TBD
-Game vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 17
-TBD

Monday, January 18 (Wilmington, MA / Montreal, QC)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Team travels to Montreal, QC

Tuesday, January 19 (Montreal, QC / Boston, MA)

-Morning Skate at the Bell Centre, 11:30 a.m.
-Game at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m.
-Team travels to Boston, MA

Wednesday, January 20 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at TD Garden, 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, January 21 (Boston, MA)
-Morning skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Game vs. Vancouver Canucks, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, January 22 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 23 (Boston, MA)
-Morning skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Game vs. Columbus Blue Jackets, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 24 (Wilmington, MA / Philadelphia, PA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 10:30 a.m.
-Team travels to Philadelphia, PA

2015-16 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
T1. B. Marchand, 15
T1. P. Bergeron, 15
T1. L. Eriksson, 15
4. D. Krejci, 11
5. J. Hayes, 10

Assists
1. P. Bergeron, 23
2. D. Krejci, 22
3. R. Spooner, 21
4. L. Eriksson, 20
5. T. Krug, 18

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 38
2. L. Eriksson, 35
3. D. Krejci, 33
4. R. Spooner, 30
5. B. Marchand, 26

Plus/Minus
1. B. Marchand, +8
T2. L. Eriksson, +7
T2. Z. Chara, +7
T2. M. Beleskey, +7
5. A. McQuaid, +6

Penalty Minutes
1. Z. Rinaldo, 63
2. B. Marchand, 56
3. A. McQuaid, 49
4. T. Randell, 40
5. M. Beleskey, 38

NHL Leaders
-Patrice Bergeron is ranked 19th in individual scoring with 15-23=38 totals, 11th in power play goals with eight, tied with nine other players for second in the NHL in shorthanded assists with two, third in power play points with 19, eighth in shorthanded points with three and 12th in shots with 145.
-Brad Marchand is tied for second in the NHL in shorthanded goals with three and tied for second in the NHL for shorthanded points with four.
-Loui Eriksson is ranked eighth in the league in power play goals with eight and ranked 28th in individual scoring with 15-20=35 totals. He is also ranked 19th in shooting percentage with 17.4%.
-Zdeno Chara is tied with nine other players for second in the NHL in shorthanded assists with two and is ranked 22nd among all NHL defensemen in scoring with 5-17=22 totals.
-Torey Krug is ranked 28th amongst all NHL defensemen in individual scoring with 3-18=21 totals.
-Two Bruins Rookies are in the rankings this week. Colin Miller is ranked 16th amongst all NHL rookies in individual scoring with 3-11=14 totals, ranked sixth in rookie assists with 11, tied for third in rookie power play assists with four and ranked ninth in rookie power play points with four. Frank Vatrano is ranked tenth in rookie shots with 70 in 27 games played.
-Tuukka Rask is ranked fifth in the NHL among goaltenders in shutouts with four in 31 games played.

2015-2016 Milestones

NHL Debuts
10/8 vs. WPG: Joonas Kemppainen
10/10 vs. MTL: Colin Miller
10/14 @ COL: Tommy Cross
10/14 @ COL: Tyler Randell
11/7 @MTL: Frank Vatrano

First NHL Goal
10/14 @ COL: Tyler Randell
10/23 @ NYI: Joonas Kemppainen
11/3 vs. DAL: Colin Miller
11/7 @ MTL: Frank Vatrano

First NHL Assist
10/14 @ COL: Colin Miller
11/23 @ TOR: Landon Ferraro
11/25 @ DET: Frank Vatrano
12/5 @ VAN: Joe Morrow

NHL Points
12/29 vs. OTT: Torey Krug 100th NHL point

Bruins Stars
-David Krejci named third star of the month for October
-Brad Marchand named first star of the week for the week ending November 1

Games Played Milestone
-Zdeno Chara played in his 1,200th NHL game on 10/23 at NYI
-Kevan Miller played in his 100th NHL game on 11/5 at WSH
-Adam McQuaid played in his 300th NHL game on 11/17 vs. SJS
-Dennis Seidenberg played in his 700th NHL game on 11/17 vs. SJS
-Brad Marchand played in his 400th NHL game on 12/5 at VAN
-Jimmy Hayes played his 200th NHL game on 12/26 vs. BUF
-Torey Krug played in his 200th NHL game on 1/11 at NYR

NHL All-Star Team
-Patrice Bergeron named to the 2016 NHL All-Star Team

Coaching Milestone
-Head Coach Claude Julien coached his 900th game on 1/8 at NJD

Franchise Record
-The Boston Bruins recorded their 3,000th win as a franchise on 1/8 at NJD
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