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The Bruins Week Ahead: 1/9 - 1/15

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins


THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD

January 9 – January 15

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

BERGERON NAMED TO NHL ALL-STAR TEAM: The National Hockey League announced January 6 that Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron has been named to the 2016 NHL All-Star team. This is the second All-Star appearance in Bergeron’s 11-year career. The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star celebration will mark the first time Nashville has hosted the NHL All-Star festivities, which will take place at Bridgestone Arena. Live television coverage of the League’s midseason showcase during the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition and 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be broadcast by NBCSN in the U.S. and Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, January 30 and the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game will start at 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 31. For the full 2016 All-Star rosters, visit NHL.com.

DENNA LAING UPDATE: The following statements were released on Friday by the National Women's Hockey League on behalf of the Laing family, the National Hockey League, the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens regarding the condition of Marblehead, Mass. native Denna Laing, who was injured during the Outdoor Women’s Classic at Gillette Stadium on December 31.

STATEMENT FROM JERILYN AND DENNIS LAING
“Denna was thrilled to be taking part in the inaugural season of the National Women’s Hockey League and was absolutely delighted to be one of the pioneers in a breakthrough moment for her sport – the Outdoor Women’s Classic. Tragically, Denna suffered a severe spinal cord injury playing the sport she loves. As of today, Denna has limited movement of her arms and no feeling in her legs. Our prayer going forward is that Denna can be moved from the Intensive Care Unit to a Rehabilitation Center and continue to fight everyday with her trademark grit and resolve. With respect to her long term prognosis, right now there are more questions than answers. We have received an incredible outpouring of love and support from countless friends and family members while we try to navigate this overwhelming situation. We are eternally grateful to everyone who continues to offer support as we take on this challenge together.”

STATEMENT FROM DANI RYLAN
"The players, teams, coaches, management and staff of the National Women’s Hockey League are united in their support of Denna Laing and her family. To reflect our admiration for her as a player and our appreciation for her contribution to the NWHL’s first season, we are working with the Laings, our business partners and others to respond compassionately and appropriately to her injury. We will announce further details as soon as plans are formalized. Denna's drive to excel has inspired teammates and coaches alike; in honor of that attribute, I have directed our teams to wear a helmet sticker bearing her uniform number, 24.”

STATEMENT FROM THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
“Everyone at the National Hockey League, including the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, joins Denna Laing’s coaches, teammates, friends and fans in wishing Denna the very best as she confronts the challenges ahead. While we are certain Denna will be served well by the tenaciousness that is her trademark, we also will work with the Laing family to rally the support of the hockey family during Denna's rehabilitation.

“We have withheld comment to this point out of respect for the wishes of the Laing family and will continue to honor those wishes going forward.”

STATEMENT FROM CAM NEELY, BOSTON BRUINS
"On behalf of the Jacobs family I would like to extend the full support of the Boston Bruins to Denna and the Laing family," said Bruins President Cam Neely. "The New England hockey community is an incredibly strong group, and we know the assistance that will be provided to Denna and her family will be unwavering both in the immediate future and throughout the various stages of treatment."

STATEMENT FROM GEOFF MOLSON, MONTREAL CANADIENS
“The entire Canadiens family, from ownership to management, staff and players, wishes to extend their very best to Denna through this hardship and lends its support to her and her family following this unfortunate injury.  Our thoughts are with Denna, her family, friends and teammates,” said Geoff Molson, Canadiens president and CEO.

STATEMENT FROM THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
“The Kraft family and entire Gillette Stadium community were deeply saddened to learn of the extent of Denna Laing’s injuries. Our prayers remain with Denna and her family in the hope that she will soon be able to transition to a rehabilitation center that will enable her to continue to improve. We will keep Denna and her family in our prayers throughout her rehabilitation process.”

Denna’s family and friends have set up a website, www.dennalaing.org, for anyone interested in following her progress and lending support.

NEW BRUINS SHOW ON NESN: NESN, the official home of the Boston Bruins, will introduce a new weekly Bruins program, The Ultimate Bruins Show presented by Bud Light, beginning Friday, January 8 at 6:00 p.m. The 30- minute show will air once a week just prior to the network’s regularly scheduled pre-game show Bruins Face-Off LIVE presented by EchoStor Technologies. The Ultimate Bruins Show will highlight the top Bruins moments and most compelling stories from the previous week. In each episode a Bruins player takes a nostalgic look back at his first NHL goal, and NESN’s Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley provide an in-depth video breakdown of a player or play – beginning with Patrice Bergeron’s prowess on the power play. Fans can also appear in the show by attending one of several Bud Light viewing parties and answering the “Ultimate Bruins Question of the Week.”

MCQUAID PLACED ON IR AND PASTRNAK RECALLED: Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced on January 7 that the club has placed defenseman Adam McQuaid on injured reserve with an upper body injury and has recalled forward David Pastrnak from the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League). Pastrnak joined the Bruins for practice at Ristuccia Arena on January 7 and will be on this week’s road trip.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Bruins begin a five-game road trip today, January 8, against the New Jersey Devils which will end with a game on January 15 at Buffalo. The Bruins are 11-3-2 on the road this season, which is third in the Eastern Conference and seventh in the NHL.

POWER PLAY PLACED AT THE TOP: The Bruins power play continues to lead the NHL. The team is 31 for 109 (28.4%), with the next highest percentage being 25.4% (WSH). The Bruins penalty kill has also improved to 82.1%, which means their penalty kill is eighth best in the league.

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. 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 BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins mobile app.

BEHIND THE B: The next episode of Behind the B presented by ALEX AND ANI airs on Monday, January 21 at 6:30 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: Monday, 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

TD Bank PASS CLINIC TO TAKE PLACE IN HENNIKER, NH: TD Bank and the Boston Bruins have teamed up for the tenth straight year to support New England youth hockey through the PASS (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) clinic series. PASS features a free on-ice clinic conducted by Bruins alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. The clinic includes instruction on hockey fundamentals such as skating, passing and shooting, as well as a $1,000 donation from TD Bank to each hosting youth hockey organization. In addition, each individual participant will receive two tickets to a Bruins game as well as a TD Bank P.A.S.S. jersey and gift bag. P.A.S.S. clinics are open to youth hockey players between the ages of eight and 12. The next clinic will be Monday, January 11 at the Lee Clement Arena at New England College (38 Grove St, Henniker, NH 03242) at 4:30 p.m. Henniker Youth Hockey is the host organization and Bruins alumni Tommy Songin will be on hand to assist with the clinic. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

BRUINS ALUMNI GAMES IN BOURNE AND BRIDGEWATER: The Bruins Alumni have a two-game schedule this weekend. The first game will be on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. at the Gallo Ice Arena, in Bourne, MA. The game will benefit the Sandwich Police and Fire Dept. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Gallo Ice Arena or the Sandwich Police and Fire Stations. Rick Middleton, Terry O’Reilly, Dave Shaw and Jay Miller are all expected in the line-up. On Sunday, January 10, 2016 they will head to the Bridgewater Ice Arena in Bridgewater, MA. Tickets for the game are $25 and will benefit the Middleboro Middle School and High School hockey programs. Dan LaCouture, Tim Sweeney along with Terry O’Reilly and Rick Middleton are expected to be on the ice for the 2:10 p.m. game. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

MILESTONES APPROACHING: Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien and the Boston Bruins are approaching two major milestones. First, Julien is expected to coach his 900th game against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, January 9. This season marks Julien’s ninth with Boston.

Second, the Boston Bruins’ next win will mark their 3,000th win as a franchise, which would make them the second winningest NHL franchise in history behind the Montreal Canadiens.

PROVIDENCE BRUINS ACCOLADES: The American Hockey League announced on January 4 that Providence Bruins center Alexander Khokhlachev has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending January 3, 2016. Khokhlachev skated with the Boston Bruins during the 2016 NHL Winter Classic game at Gillette Stadium on January 1 before being recalled to Providence on January 2. Providence Bruins forward Seth Griffith also earned CCM/AHL Player of the Month for the month of December 2015. Griffith scored 6 goals and added 11 assists in 11 games in December. His 17-points topped all AHL players. Griffith was recalled by the NHL’s Boston Bruins to close out December, picking up one assist in two games. Like Khokhlachev, Griffith also participated in the 2016 NHL Winter Classic before being sent back to Providence on January 2.

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 $11,600 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. 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 Ottawa Senators on January 9, the New York Rangers on January 11 and the Buffalo Sabres on January 15. TVAS will cover the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers games, while TVAS2 will cover the Ottawa Senators game on January 9. CITY will cover the Ottawa Senators as well. The New York Rangers game will be broadcasted by NHLN (US) and SN and the January 13 game against Philadelphia will be broadcasted by NBCSN. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

1/9 at Ottawa Senators, 7:00 p.m. –NESN, CITY, TVAS2, 98.5 The Sports Hub
1/11 at New York Rangers, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, NHLN-US, TVAS, SN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
1/13 at Philadelphia Flyers, 8:00 p.m. – NBCSN, TVAS, 98.5 The Sports Hub
1/15 at Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

OFF THE ICE & AROUND TOWN…

BRUINS ALUMNI GAME IN BOURNE, MA
WHAT: The Bruins Alumni will play two games this week. The first game will be on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. at the Gallo Ice Arena, in Bourne, MA.  The game will benefit the Sandwich Police and Fire Dept.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Gallo Ice Arena or the Sandwich Police and Fire Stations. Rick Middleton, Terry O’Reilly, Dave Shaw and Jay Miller are all expected in the line-up.  
WHEN: Saturday, January 9
WHERE: Gallo Ice Arena, (231 Sandwich Road, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532)
TIME: 4:30 p.m.
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Rick Middleton, Terry O’Reilly, Dave Shaw and Jay Miller

BRUINS ALUMNI GAME IN BRIDGEWATER, MA

WHAT: On Sunday, January 10, 2016 they will head to the Bridgewater Ice Arena in Bridgewater, MA.  Tickets for the game are $25 and will benefit the Middleboro Middle School and High School hockey programs. Dan LaCouture, Tim Sweeney, Terry O’Reilly and Rick Middleton are expected to be on the ice for the 2:10 p.m. game.
WHEN: Sunday, January 10
WHERE: Bridgewater Ice Arena, (20 Bedford Park, Bridgewater, MA 02324)
TIME: 2:10 p.m.
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Dan LaCouture, Tim Sweeney along with Terry O’Reilly and Rick Middleton

TD BANK PASS CLINIC IN HENNIKER, NH
WHAT: TD Bank and the Boston Bruins have teamed up for the tenth straight year to support New England youth hockey through the PASS (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) clinic series. PASS features a free on-ice clinic conducted by Bruins alumni and members of the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team. The clinic includes instruction on hockey fundamentals such as skating, passing and shooting, as well as a $1,000 donation from TD Bank to each hosting youth hockey organization. In addition, each individual participant will receive two tickets to a Bruins game as well as a TD Bank P.A.S.S. jersey and gift bag. P.A.S.S. clinics are open to youth hockey players between the ages of eight and 12.
WHEN: Monday, January 11
WHERE: Lee Clement Arena at New England College, 38 Grove St, Henniker, NH 03242
TIME: 4:30 p.m.
HOST ORGANIZATION: Henniker Youth Hockey
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins alumni Tommy Songin


TWEET OF THE WEEK…

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW):
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPNBoston.com): When asked if Chara is still tough to play against at age 38, @ovi8 said: "He would be tough to play against at age 50."

This week’s honorable mentions, listed in no particular order:
@wyshynski (Greg Wyshynski, Yahoo Sports): Pretty sure this paragraph was stolen from the first time Bella met Edward: “For the on-ice version of the All-Star jersey, the crest has been constructed with reflective material which glimmers in certain light as a salute to Nashville’s vibrant night-life scene.”
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz): Eriksson now has points in all but two of his last eight games overall, 3-6=9 (damn you’re fine) totals over that stretch.
@MickColageo (Mick Colageo, The Standard-Bedford Times): Do not pass GO, only collect 2 minutes. #Chara
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Prince spaghetti night? No, it's Pasta night.

2015-16 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com), Week 6, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 16
@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

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 9 (Ottawa, ON)
-Morning Skate and pregame availability TBD
-Game at Ottawa Senators, 7:00 p.m.

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

Monday, January 11 (New York, NY / Philadelphia, PA)
-Morning Skate at Madison Square Garden (4 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10121), 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 York Rangers, 7:00 p.m.
-Team travels to Philadelphia, PA

Tuesday, January 12 (Philadelphia, PA)
-Practice at Wells Fargo Center (3601 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148), 12:00 p.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after practice
-Players will be available to the media after Head Coach Claude Julien

Wednesday, January 13 (Philadelphia, PA / Buffalo, NY)
-Morning Skate at Wells Fargo Center, 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 Philadelphia Flyers, 8:00 p.m.
-Team travels to Buffalo, NY

Thursday, January 14
-TBD

Friday, January 15 (Buffalo, NY / Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate at First Niagara Center (1 Seymour H Knox Iii Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14203), 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 Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 p.m.
-Team travels to Boston, MA

Saturday, January 16 (Boston, MA)
-Morning skate at TD Garden, 10:30 p.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after morning skate
-Players will be available to the media after Head Coach Claude Julien
-Game vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 17
-TBD

2015-16 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
T1. B. Marchand, 15
T1. P. Bergeron, 15
3. L. Eriksson, 14
4. D. Krejci, 11
T5. R. Spooner, 8
T5. J. Hayes, 8

Assists
T1. D. Krejci, 22
T1. P. Bergeron, 22
3. L. Eriksson, 20
4. R. Spooner, 18
5. T. Krug, 17

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 37
2. L. Eriksson, 34
3. D. Krejci, 33
T4. B. Marchand, 26
T4. R. Spooner, 26

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, +10
2. L. Eriksson, +9
3. B. Marchand, +8
4. M. Beleskey, +7
5. P. Bergeron, +5

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 ranked 14th in individual scoring with 15-22=37 totals, eighth in power play goals with eight, 13th in power play assists with 11, tied with nine other players for second in the NHL in shorthanded assists with two, second in power play points with 19 and seventh in shorthanded points with three.
-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 12th in the league in power play goals with seven and ranked 26th in individual scoring with 14-20=34 totals. He is also ranked 12th in shooting percentage with 18.7%.
-Zdeno Chara is tied with nine other players for second in the NHL in shorthanded assists with two and is ranked 30th among all NHL defensemen in scoring with 5-14=19 totals.
-Torey Krug is ranked 28th amongst all NHL defensemen in individual scoring with 3-17=20 totals.
-Three Bruins Rookies are in the rankings this week. Colin Miller is ranked 17th amongst all NHL rookies in individual scoring with 2-10=12 totals, ranked sixth in rookie assists with ten, tied for third in rookie power play assists with four and ranked seventh in rookie power play points with four. Landon Ferraro is ranked 28th amongst all NHL rookies in individual scoring with 3-4=7 totals. Frank Vatrano is ranked 11th in rookie shots with 61 in 24 games played.
-Tuukka Rask is ranked fourth in the NHL among goaltenders in shutouts with four in 28 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

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