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The Bruins Week Ahead: 1/2 - 1/9

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins


THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

BRUINS ASSIGN ALEXANDER KHOKHLACHEV & SETH GRIFFITH TO PROVIDENCE & RECALL COLIN MILLER: Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, January 2, that the club has assigned forwards Alexander Khokhlachev and Seth Griffith to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League) and has recalled defenseman Colin Miller.

POWER PLAY POWERS ON: The Bruins power play continues to lead the NHL. The team is 26 for 90 (28.6%), with the next highest percentage being 25.2% (WSH).

FIRST HAT TRICK: Jimmy Hayes recorded his first career hat trick on Tuesday, December 29 against the Ottawa Senators in his hometown of Boston. His third and final goal of the night came with just 0.2 seconds remaining, to make the final score of the game 7-3. Patrice Bergeron and Matt Beleskey also scored two goals apiece in the game.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: In 16 games played on the road, the Bruins have an 11-3-2 record. Their road record is second in the Eastern Conference and sixth in the NHL overall. The Bruins are currently in third place overall in the Atlantic Division with a 20-13-4 record and 44 points, which is just three points shy of the first place Montreal Canadiens.

EPIX PRESENTS ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC: EPIX Presents Road To the NHL Winter Classic™ made its U.S. television premiere on December 16, followed by Episodes 2 and 3. The weekly series, consisting of four one-hour episodes, focuses on the rivalry between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens as they prepared for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. on New Year’s Day 2016. This marked the the second year that EPIX and the NHL® teamed 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. See the broadcast schedule below for more information.

EPIX Presents Road to the NHL Winter Classic™ Remaining Air Date:
Episode 4 (Series Finale)- Wednesday, January 6 at 10:00 p.m.

BEHIND THE B: To catch up on Episodes 1–7 of Behind the B, 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, Mass., native Denis Leary.

Remaining Behind the B Season 3 Air Dates on NESN:
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

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 $11,400 for the Bruins Foundation.

LIMITED INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AVAILABLE: Be at TD Garden when the puck drops on Tuesday, January 5 at 7:00 p.m. vs. Washington Capitals. The first 5,000 fans in the doors will receive a 2016 Boston Bruins Wall Calendar courtesy of TD Bank. Individual game tickets for all upcoming home games in 2016 are available now. To purchase tickets visit www.BostonBruins.com/tickets.

3-GAME PLANS PRESENTED BY TD BANK: Ring in the New Year and catch the edge-of-your-seat action of B's hockey live at TD Garden with a 3-Game Plan presented by TD Bank. To learn more visit www.BostonBruins.com/GamePlans.

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.

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: Ring in the New Year watching the Bruins in the convenience of a suite. Limited suites are available for exciting upcoming January 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 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 Washington Capitals on January 5, the New Jersey Devils on January 8 and the Ottawa Senators on January 9. The Washington game will also be available on TVAS. The January 9 game against Ottawa will be broadcasted on CITY and TVAS2 as well as NESN. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

1/5 vs. Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, TVAS, 98.5 The Sports Hub
1/8 at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
1/9 at Ottawa Senators, 7:00 p.m. –NESN, CITY, TVAS2, 98.5 The Sports Hub

OFF THE ICE & AROUND TOWN…

TWEET OF THE WEEK…

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW):

@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Great to hear Pete Smith adding local flavor to #WinterClassic with his press box announcements
→ Reply: @MikeMiccoli: #lahhs

This week’s honorable mentions, listed in no particular order:
@KenLairdWEEI (Ken Laird, WEEI.com): Will Julien elect to kickoff in overtime? #BadHoodieJokes
@JohnLuTSNMtl (John Lu, TSN): I love hearing press box announcements in Boston & Foxboro. #Habs “Bahbario” with the assist on Byron’s goal. #WinterClassic #NHL
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com): I still think you should be able to do a bat flip when you bat the puck in.
@A_Merritt (Andy Merritt, NEHJ): Don Sweeney to meet with the media at the first intermission. I assume he wants to give us a full report on his Christmas gift haul.
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Marco Sturm with the GWG just like 2010 #WinterClassic? I smell conspiracy.
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Raycroft, Recchi & Sturm playing in this game tells me 1 thing: I'm old.

2015-16 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com), Week 6, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 15
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPNBoston.com), Week 2, Week 7, Week 13
@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

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, January 2
-Team is off, no practice, no media availability.

Sunday, January 3 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after practice
-Players will be available to the media Head Coach Claude Julien  

Monday, January 4 (Boston, MA)
-Practice at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after practice
-Players will be available to the media Head Coach Claude Julien  

Tuesday, January 5 (Boston, MA)
-Morning skate at TD Garden, 10:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after morning skate
-Players will be available to the media following Head Coach Claude Julien
-Game vs. Washington Capitals, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 6 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Players will be available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after the players

Thursday, January 7 (Wilmington, MA / Newark, NJ)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Players will be available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after the players
-Team travels to Newark, NJ

Friday, January 8 (Newark, NJ / Ottawa, ON)
-Morning Skate at Prudential Center (25 Lafayette St, Newark, NJ 07102), 11:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after morning skate
-Players will be available to the media following Head Coach Claude Julien
-Game at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 p.m.
-Team travels to Ottawa, ON

Saturday, January 9 (Ottawa, ON)
-Morning Skate at Canadian Tire Centre (1000 Palladium Dr., Ottawa, ON K2V 1A5), 11:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after morning skate
-Players will be available to the media following Head Coach Claude Julien
-Game at New Jersey Devils, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 10 (Ottawa, ON/New York, NY)  
-Team travels to New York, NY

2015-16 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
1. B. Marchand, 15
2. P. Bergeron, 14
3. L. Eriksson, 13
4. D. Krejci, 11
T5. Three players tied for fifth with eight goals each.

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 22
2. P. Bergeron, 21
3. L. Eriksson, 20
4. R. Spooner, 17
5. T. Krug, 16

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 35
T2. L. Eriksson, 33
T2. D. Krejci, 33
4. B. Marchand, 26
5. R. Spooner, 25

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, +9
T2. L. Eriksson, +8
T2. B. Marchand, +8
T2. M. Beleskey, +8
5. A. McQuaid, +6

Penalty Minutes
1. Z. Rinaldo, 58
2. B. Marchand, 56
3. A. McQuaid, 49
4. T. Randell, 40
5. M. Beleskey, 34

NHL LEADERS

-Patrice Bergeron is tied with eight other players for second in the NHL in shorthanded assists with two, ranked 12th in individual scoring with 14-21=35 totals, tenth in power play assists with 11, second in power play points with 18, sixth in shorthanded points with three, 10th in power play goals with seven and 10th in shots with 126.
-Brad Marchand is tied for second in the NHL in shorthanded goals with three and tied for first in the NHL for shorthanded points with four.
-Loui Eriksson is ranked eighth in the league in power play goals with seven and ranked 21st in individual scoring with 13-20=33 totals. He is also ranked 17th in shooting percentage at 17.6%.
-Zdeno Chara is tied for second in the NHL in shorthanded assists with two and is ranked 22nd among all NHL defensemen in scoring with 5-14=19 totals.
-David Krejci is ranked 23rd in the NHL in individual scoring with 11-22=33 totals.
-Three Bruins Rookies are in the rankings this week. Colin Miller is ranked 16th amongst all NHL rookies in individual scoring with 2-10=12 totals, ranked fifth in rookie assists with ten, tied for third in rookie power play assists with four, tied for fifth in rookie power play points with four and ranked eighth in rookie plus/minus with a +5 rating. Landon Ferraro is ranked 24th amongst all NHL rookies in individual scoring with 3-4=7 totals. Frank Vatrano is ranked 29th amongst all NHL rookies in individual scoring with 5-1=6 totals and ranked 10th in rookie shots with 60 in 23 games played.
-Tuukka Rask is ranked fourth in the NHL among goaltenders in shutouts with four in 27 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
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