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The Bruins Week Ahead 11/7 - 11/13

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…


B’S ASSIGN KHOKHLACHEV TO PROVIDENCE; RECALL VATRANO: Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, November 6, that the club has assigned forward Alex Khokhlachev to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League) and recalled Frankie Vatrano from the Providence Bruins.  Vatrano will join Boston in Montreal and be eligible for Saturday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. This marks Vatrano’s first NHL recall. Vatrano leads the American Hockey League in goals, scoring 10 in 10 games played with the P-Bruins, while also tallying two assists. Vatrano’s 12 points are also tied for third most in the AHL with two other skaters. For his efforts, he was named the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month in October. The 5’9’’, 201-pound forward was signed by Boston as a free agent on March 13, 2015 and hails from East Longmeadow, MA.

COLIN MILLER STREAKING: Bruins’ rookie defenseman Colin Miller carries a five-game point streak entering the weekend, registering four assists and one goal during that stretch.  His goal on November 3 against the Dallas Stars marked his first career NHL goal. Miller’s three power play points are tied for first in the NHL among all rookies while his five assists are tied for third among all rookies.

MOVEMBER IS IN FULL SWING: Bruins players Matt Beleskey, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Brett Connolly, Loui Eriksson, Jonas Gustavsson, Jimmy Hayes, Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Adam McQuaid, Colin Miller, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, David Pastrnak, Tyler Randell, Tuukka Rask, Dennis Seidenberg and Ryan Spooner are all participating in Movember this year to show their support and raise awareness for men’s health.

BRUINS TO HOST MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT ON 11/12: The Boston Bruins will honor local military members, veterans and their families at Military Appreciation Night on Thursday, November 12 during the Bruins vs. Colorado Avalanche game at TD Garden. To show their support for the armed forces, Bruins players Jimmy Hayes, David Krejci, Torey Krug, Brad Marchand, Kevan Miller and Zach Trotman have teamed up to purchase $15,000 worth of tickets to the Bruins/Avalanche game to give to local military members and their families. The military members and families who sit in these player-donated seats will have the opportunity to meet the players postgame.

P.A.S.S. CLINICS TO TAKE PLACE IN FALMOUTH & BURLINGTON: TD Bank and the Boston Bruins have teamed up for the tenth straight year to support New England youth hockey through the P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) clinic series. The next two clinics will take place on Tuesday, November 10 with Bruins alumni Tommy Songin visiting Falmouth, Maine with Casco Bay Youth Hockey at 5:30 p.m. and Zac Rinaldo visiting Charlestown, MA at Emmons Horrigan Memorial Rink with Burlington Youth Hockey from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. P.A.S.S. features a free on-ice clinic conducted by Bruins players, 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 an upcoming 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. For more information, visit the “Off the Ice and Around Town” section of the Week Ahead. Note: Players are subject to change.

HALLMARK HEALTH HOSPITAL VISIT IN MELROSE: Colin Miller and Jonas Gustavsson will be visiting Melrose/Wakefield Hospital in Melrose, MA on Tuesday, November 10 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Throughout the visit, Miller and Gustavsson will spend time with patients and hospital personnel, giving out gift bags filled with Bruins memorabilia as well as signing autographs. For more information, please see the “Off the Ice and Around Town” section of the Week Ahead. Note: Players are subject to change.

BRUINS TO HOST BABY SHOWER FOR MILITARY MOMS-TO-BE: The Boston Bruins and the March of Dimes are partnering to host “Mission Healthy Baby Shower” for expecting military moms at the Langham Hotel on Sunday, November 8 at 10:30 a.m. Bruins wives and girlfriends will also be at the event to help celebrate the baby shower. The event will feature a short presentation from the March of Dimes about healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. All of the moms-to-be will receive a gift basket filled with essential baby gear and other surprises. The shower will feature various baby shower activities including games, photo booth, and prizes. Media interested in covering this event should contact Erika Wentzell (ewentzell@bostonbruins.com).
WHEN: Sunday, November 8th 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Langham Hotel Boston, 250 Franklin St, Boston
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins wives and girlfriends

FROSTED FALL BENEFIT: The Boston Bruins Foundation is partnering with Bruins Daily and StinkySocks Hockey to host the 2015 Frosted Fall Benefit on Friday, November 13 at the Boston Exchange Conference Center in Boston’s Seaport District. Attendees will enjoy a night of entertainment while supporting the Boston Bruins Foundation and Good Sports to help get underprivileged kids in the game. Special guests include Rene Rancourt, the Boston Bruins Ice Girls, Bruins Alumni, and more. To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.frostedfall.com. For more information, visit the “Off the Ice and Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

PRE-ORDER 2016 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC JERSEYS: The 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Jersey is now available for preordering.  Get 10% off now and free shipping when you preorder your jersey at the ProShop powered by Reebok and Gameday ProShop locations in TD Garden before November 15.  The ProShop is the only place to get this one-of-a-kind Bruins sweater adorned with the official Winter Classic shoulder patch and packaged in a commemorative box. Season Ticket holder and Premium Member discounts can also be applied but not combined.

BOSTON BRUINS ALUMNI GAME IN WINSLOW, ME: The Boston Bruins Alumni will be heading north to Sukee Arena (25 Verti Dr., Winslow, ME 04901) in Winslow, ME on Saturday, November 7, where they are scheduled to play a benefit game for the St. John School at 6:00 p.m. against the Point Afta team.  Tickets are $10 each and will be available for purchase at the arena the day of the game. Bruins Alumni expected to participate include Ray Bourque, Kenny Hodge, Ken Linseman and Rick Middleton.

WZLX TO BROADCAST BRUINS VS. ISLANDERS GAME: Due to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Patriots coverage, the Bruins at New York Islanders 5:00 PM game on Sunday, November 8 will be broadcast on 100.7 WZLX.

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 $4,300 for the Bruins Foundation.

LIMITED INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AVAILABLE: Individual game tickets are now available for all home games including next week's matchup against the Colorado Avalanche on November 12 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.

EPISODE 4 OF BEHIND THE B SLATED TO AIR ON 11/8: The next episode of Behind the B presented by ALEX AND ANI is scheduled to air this Sunday on NESN at 8:00 p.m. following the Bruins/Islanders game.  To catch up on episodes 1 – 3 of Behind the B head to 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 Montreal Canadiens on November 7, the New York Islanders on November 8 and the Colorado Avalanche on November 12. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Sunday’s radio broadcast for Bruins/Islanders will be available on 100.7 WZLX.

11/7 at Montreal Canadiens, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
11/8 at New York Islanders, 5:00 p.m. – NESN, 100.7 WZLX
11/12 vs. Colorado Avalanche, 7:00 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

OFF THE ICE & AROUND TOWN…
*Players are subject to change

BOSTON BRUINS ALUMNI GAME
WHAT: The Boston Bruins Alumni will be heading north to Sukee Arena (25 Verti Dr., Winslow, ME 04901) in Winslow, ME on Saturday, November 7, where they are scheduled to play a benefit game for the St. John School at 6:00 p.m. against the Point Afta team.  Tickets are $10 each and will be available for purchase at the arena the day of the game. Bruins Alumni expected to participate include Ray Bourque, Kenny Hodge, Ken Linseman and Rick Middleton.
WHEN: Saturday, November 7, 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Sukee Arena (25 Verti Dr., Winslow, ME 04901)

HALLMARK HEALTH HOSPITAL VISIT IN MELROSE
WHAT: B’s Colin Miller and Jonas Gustavsson will be visiting Melrose/Wakefield Hospital in Melrose, MA on Tuesday, November 10 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Throughout the visit, Miller and Gustavsson will spend time with patients and hospital personnel, giving out gift bags filled with Bruins memorabilia as well as signing autographs.
WHEN: Tuesday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Melrose Wakefield Hospital 585 Lebanon St, Melrose, MA

P.A.S.S. CLINICS TO TAKE PLACE IN FALMOUTH, ME & BURLINGTON, MA
WHAT: TD Bank and the Boston Bruins have teamed up for the tenth straight year to support New England youth hockey through the P.A.S.S. (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) clinic series. The next two clinics will take place on Tuesday, November 10 with Bruins alumni Tommy Songin visiting Falmouth, Maine with Casco Bay Youth Hockey at 5:30 p.m. and Zac Rinaldo visiting Charlestown, MA at Emmons Horrigan Memorial Rink with Burlington Youth Hockey from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. P.A.S.S. features a free on-ice clinic conducted by Bruins players, 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 an upcoming 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. Note: players are subject to change.

Falmouth, ME:
WHEN: Tuesday, November 10, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Casco Bay Arena (Hat Trick Dr., Falmouth, ME 04105)
HOST ORGANIZATION: Casco Bay Youth Hockey
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins alumni Tommy Songin

Burlington, MA:
WHEN: Tuesday, November 10, 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Emmons Horrigan Memorial Rink (150 Rutherford Ave, Charlestown, MA 02129)
HOST ORGANIZATION: Burlington Youth Hockey
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Zac Rinaldo

FROSTED FALL BENEFIT
WHAT: The Boston Bruins Foundation is partnering with Bruins Daily and StinkySocks Hockey to host the 2015 Frosted Fall Benefit on Friday, November 13th, at the Boston Exchange Conference Center in Boston’s Seaport District. Attendees will enjoy a night of entertainment while supporting the Boston Bruins Foundation and Good Sports to help get underprivileged kids in the game. Special guests include Rene Rancourt, the Boston Bruins Ice Girls, Bruins Alumni and more. To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.frostedfall.com.
WHEN: Friday, November 13, 6:00 p.m. for Gold Ticket Event and 8:00 p.m. Main Event
WHERE: Boston Exchange Conference Center (212 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210)

TWEET OF THE WEEK…

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW):
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): Regardless of the month on the calendar, every team should celebrate Movember when Lindy Ruff is in the house

This week’s honorable mentions listed in no particular order:

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, Week 7
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com), Week 6, Week 8
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN), Week 3
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 4

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, November 7 (Montreal, QC / Brooklyn, NY)
-Morning Skate at Bell Centre (1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal, Montréal) at 11:00 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. Montreal Canadiens, 7:00 p.m.
-Travel to Brooklyn, NY

Sunday, November 8 (Brooklyn, NY / Boston, MA)
-Morning Skate at Barclays Center (620 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217) at 10:30 a.m.
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after morning skate
-Players will be available following Head Coach Claude Julien
-Game vs. New York Islanders, 5:00 p.m.
-Travel to Boston, MA

Monday, November 9
-TBD

Tuesday, November 10 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 12:00 p.m.
-Players will be available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after the players  

Wednesday, November 11 (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, November 12 (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 mediafollowing Head Coach Claude Julien in the Bruins locker room
-Game vs. Colorado Avalanche, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 13 (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  

2015-16 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
1. D. Krejci, 7
2. B. Marchand, 5
T3. Four players are tied for third with four goals

Assists
1. T. Krug, 10
2. D. Krejci, 8
T3. P Bergeron, 7
T3. J. Hayes, 7
T3. L. Eriksson, 7

Points
1. D. Krejci, 15
T2. P. Bergeron, 11
T2. J. Hayes, 11
T2.L. Eriksson, 11

Plus/Minus
1. Z. Chara, +5
T2. T. Krug, +4
T2. A. McQuaid, +4
T2. C. Miller, +4

Penalty Minutes
T1. B. Marchand, 25
T1. Z. Rinaldo, 25
3 R. Spooner, 19
4. A. McQuaid, 15
T5. Z. Chara, 10
T5. C. Miller, 10

NHL Leaders
-Patrice Bergeron is tied for first in the league in power play goals with four
-Torey Krug is tied with Henrik Zetterberg for first in the league in power play assists with six
-David Krejci is tied for second in the league in power play assists with five
-David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron are tied for first with Henrik Zetterberg and Ryan O’Reilly in the league in power play points with seven
-Torey Krug is tied for second in the league in power play points with six

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

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

First NHL Assist
10/14 @ COL: Colin Miller

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
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