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The Bruins Week Ahead: 2/13 - 2/19

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins



THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD
February 13 – February 19

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

A WIN IN WINNIPEG: The Bruins kicked off a six-game road trip last night with a 6-2 win in Winnipeg. The Bruins’ 17-5-3 record on the road is ranked third in the NHL and second in the Eastern Conference. During this road trip, the B’s will face two Eastern Conference teams and four Western Conference teams. This road trip will span 11 days and cover 6,047.3 miles and six different cities in the US and Canada.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Brad Marchand has been on fire since the All-Star Break, scoring 6 goals in five games. Only the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, who has seven goals in five games since the break, bests that total. In total, Marchand has tallied 11 goals in his last 11 games, a career-best streak.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Boston’s power play is ranked second in the NHL. The team is 36-for-151 (23.8%), with the highest percentage being 24.2% (WSH). The Bruins penalty kill has also improved to 83.2%, good for seventh best in the league. Currently, the Bruins are ranked second in the NHL in shorthanded goals against with only one in 54 games. They are ranked sixth in shorthanded goals for with six in 54 games.

BRUINS ACADEMY TO AIR SATURDAY: The next episode of “Bruins Academy” will air on Saturday, February 13 at 12:30 p.m. In this episode, Patrice Bergeron checks in from Nashville, Tuukka Rask answers questions from young Bruins fans and team doctors give an inside look into Chris Kelly’s injury. Also, Bruins Academy takes a visit to the University of Maine. Be sure to catch a new episode of “The Bear & the Gang” in the next episode of Bruins Academy. In this episode, Brad Marchand is up to his old tricks! The second episode of “Bruins Academy” aired on NESN on January 19 and the premiere episode aired on Sunday, December 20. 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.

UPCOMING BRUINS PJ DRIVE EVENTS: The Boston Bruins are teaming up with Freihofer’s and Cradles to Crayons throughout the month of February to present the ninth Annual “PJ Drive” to benefit Massachusetts’ underprivileged youth. The PJ Drive provides new, unused pajamas to children in need across Massachusetts; Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara will lead this year’s PJ Drive for the second time. Over 75,000 Massachusetts children have received PJ’s through the Bruins PJ drive over the past eight years. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around Town” section in the Week Ahead.

BOSTON BRUINS FASHION POWER PLAY: On Tuesday, February 23, join the Boston Bruins Foundation at the 2nd Annual Fashion Power Play, a special evening of fashion fueled fundraising. Wives and girlfriends of current Boston Bruins players, as well as professional models, will model spring fashions from Neiman Marcus. Attendees will be able to enjoy complimentary cocktails and culinary delights from some of Boston's best restaurants, as well as a silent auction featuring exclusive Bruins memorabilia. Jenny Johnson, host of NESN’s “Dining Playbook,” will serve as emcee for the evening. All proceeds to benefit The Boston Bruins Foundation and the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Tickets can be purchased at bostonbruins.com/fashionshow. There will be multiple other events for the PJ drive scheduled throughout February. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around Town” section in the Week Ahead.

BEHIND THE B: Episode 9 of Behind the B presented by ALEX AND ANI premiered on Thursday, Feb. 11 on NESN. To catch up on Episodes 1–9 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 10: Sunday, February 28 at 6 p.m. (6:30 p.m. encore)
Episode 11: Tuesday, March 15 at 9 p.m.
Episode 12: Wednesday, March 30 at 8 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 $15,900 for the Bruins Foundation.

MARCHAND SUITE RAFFLE TO SUPPORT THE DENNA LAING FUND: You can purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win a suite to see the Bruins take on the Blue Jackets on Monday, February 22 at 7 p.m. at TD Garden. Brad Marchand has personally donated his suite to host this raffle in support of Denna Laing and her family, and will also host a post-game meet-and-greet with the raffle winner. In addition Tuukka Rask also pledged to donate his suites for an upcoming raffle. To purchase a raffle ticket visit www.BostonBruins.com/DennaLaing.

LIMITED INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AVAILABLE: Be part of the live action of Boston Bruins hockey during the final homestretch of the 2015-16 regular season. Individual game tickets for upcoming home games are available now including First Responder Night taking place on Monday, February 22 against the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7 p.m. Ticket donations are now being accepted to give local First Responders and their families a chance to attend the game. You can also submit a photo of First Responders showing off their Bruins pride for their chance to be shown in game on February 22. To donate tickets, purchase tickets, or submit a photo for First Responder Night visit www.BostonBruins.com/firstresponder. To purchase tickets for all other upcoming home games visit www.BostonBruins.com/tickets.

DENNA LAING & BOSTON BRUINS CHARITY KNIT HAT: Show your support for Denna Laing with a Denna Laing & Boston Bruins Charity Knit Hat featuring the Bruins 2016 NHL Winter Classic logo and Denna’s number, 24. All net proceeds will benefit the Denna Laing fund. To place your order, visit www.BostonProShop.com or stop by the ProShop powered by Reebok on level 2 of TD Garden.

APRIL VACATION MINI CAMP: The Boston Bruins and Pro Ambitions have teamed up to host the second annual Boston Bruins April Vacation Mini Camp, taking place at Phillips Academy’s Harrison Rink in Andover, MA from April 19-21. To register or to learn more, visit www.BostonBruins.com/YouthHockey.

THE BEAR AND THE GANG: The Bear & the Gang: Animated Shorts is back with a new episode animated by SNL and Comedy Central illustrator, J.J. Sedelmaier and voiced by the players themselves! Watch Marchy, Bergy and The Bear in another all-new, nonsense-filled adventure in “Rad Brad 5000” by heading to www.BearShorts.com.

GROUP TICKETS AVAILABLE: With fewer than 13 home games remaining this regular season, don’t miss your chance to gather your group of 10 or more together to 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 a.m. to 2 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 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 a.m. to 10 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 Minnesota Wild on February 13, the Columbus Blue Jackets on February 16 and the Nashville Predators on February 18. TVAS will cover the February 14 game and the February 16 game. NBC will be broadcasting the February 14 game against Detroit. Sportsnet will cover both the February 13 game and the February 18 games. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub.

2/13 at Minnesota Wild, 1 p.m. – NESN, SN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
2/14 at Detroit Red Wings, 3:30 p.m. – NBC, TVAS, 98.5 The Sports Hub
2/16 at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m. – NESN, TVAS, 98.5 The Sports Hub
2/18 at Nashville Predators, 7 p.m. – NESN, SN360, 98.5 The Sports Hub

OFF THE ICE & AROUND TOWN…

PJ DANCE PARTY WITH THE BOSTON BRUINS
WHAT: Children are encouraged to wear PJs to the Canal Room where Bourne Public Library will be hosting its PJ Dance Party with DJ Ooch in support of the Boston Bruins 9th Annual PJ Drive. Bruins Mascot Blades will be on hand to help collect pajamas and dance with the children from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Admission is one new, unused pair of pajamas per child.
WHEN: Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Canal Room, 100 Trowbridge Road, Bourne, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades

BRUINS PJ DRIVE SKATE AT BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL
WHAT: The Boston Bruins and the Boston Harbor Hotel will be hosting a special skate with Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls at the Boston Harbor Hotel Rotunda Rink on Friday, February 19 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  For every $10 or new PJ donation made to the Bruins PJ Drive, attendees will receive a raffle ticket for Bruins autographed memorabilia.
WHEN: Friday, February 19, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Boston Harbor Hotel Rotunda Rink, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA  02110
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls

BOSTON BRUINS TO VISIT NORFOLK PUBLIC LIBRARY

WHAT: In support of the 9th Annual PJ Drive, the Boston Bruins will visit Norfolk Public Library in Norfolk, MA on Saturday, February 20.  Blades and Ice Girls will be on hand for a special story time and will participate in a craft activity following the story.  Guests are encouraged to wear their pajamas and will be able to have their photo taken with Blades.  For every donation of new, unused pajamas or $10, fans will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing for Bruins autographed memorabilia.
WHEN: Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
WHERE: Norfolk Public Library, 139 Main Street, Norfolk, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls

BRUINS PJ DRIVE SKATE AT JIM ROCHE COMMUNITY ARENA

WHAT: The Boston Bruins and the Jim Roche Community Arena in West Roxbury, MA will be hosting a special skate with Bruins Mascot Blades on Saturday, February 20 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Participants are encouraged to donate a new, unused pair of pajamas for the Boston Bruins 9th Annual PJ Drive.
WHEN: Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Jim Roche Community Arena, 1275 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA
BRUINS PARTICIPATING: Boston Bruins Mascot Blades

FASHION SHOW
WHAT: On Tuesday, February 23, join the Boston Bruins Foundation at the 2nd Annual Fashion Power Play, a special evening of fashion fueled fundraising. Wives and girlfriends of current Boston Bruins players, as well as professional models, will model spring fashions from Neiman Marcus. Attendees will be able to enjoy complimentary cocktails and culinary delights from some of Boston's best restaurants, as well as a silent auction featuring exclusive Bruins memorabilia. All proceeds to benefit The Boston Bruins Foundation and the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Tickets can be purchased at bostonbruins.com/fashionshow.
WHEN: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 with Cocktail Hour: 6 p.m. and Show: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Copley Place Center Court, 100 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02116

TWEET OF THE WEEK…

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW): Week 22
@GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe): Marchand, 10 games/10 goals. L’il Ball o’ Gretz.

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

@ DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com): Don’t know what the hell happened, but since the All-Star break Rancourt’s intonation is the best it’s been in my six years covering the B’s.
@TheBruinsBlog (Matt Kalman, NHL.com): What is the penalty for fighting God? #bruins #NHLJets
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com):

 

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, Week 19
@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
@GlobeKPD (Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe): Week 20, Week 22
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz), Week 11
@MickColageo (Mick Colageo, New Bedford Standard Times), Week 12
@BobWCVB (Bob Halloran, WCVB): Week 15
@ZackCoxNESN (Zack Cox, NESN), Week 21


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, February 13 (St. Paul, MN / Detroit, MI)
-Game at Minnesota Wild, 1 p.m. local

Sunday, February 14 (Detroit, MI / Columbus, OH)
-Morning Skate and pregame media availability TBD

Monday, February 15
-TBD

Tuesday, February 16 (Columbus, OH / Nashville, TN)
-Morning skate at Nationwide Arena, 11:30 a.m. local
-Game at Columbus Blue Jackets, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 17 (Nashville, TN)
-Practice at Bridgestone Arena, 1 p.m. local

Thursday, February 18 (Nashville, TN / Dallas, TX)
-Morning skate at Bridgestone Arena, 11:30 a.m. local
-Game at Nashville Predators, 7 p.m. local

Friday, February 19 (Dallas, TX)
-Practice at Dr. Pepper StarCenter Framers Branch, 1 p.m. local

Saturday, February 20 (Dallas, TX / Boston, MA)
-Morning skate at American Airlines Center, 11:30 a.m. local
-Game at Dallas Stars, 7 p.m. local

Sunday, February 21
-TBD

2015-16 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
1. B. Marchand, 26
2. P. Bergeron, 21
3. L. Eriksson, 17
T4. D. Krejci, 12
T4. J Hayes, 12

Assists
1. D. Krejci, 28
2. R. Spooner, 27
3. P. Bergeron, 26
4. L. Eriksson, 25
5. Z. Chara, 22

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 47
2. L. Eriksson, 42
T3. D. Krejci, 40
T3. B. Marchand, 40
5. R. Spooner, 38

Plus/Minus
1. B. Marchand, +14
T2. L. Eriksson, +11
T2. Z. Chara, +11
4. P. Bergeron, +10
T5. K. Miller, +9
T5. M. Beleskey, +9

Penalty Minutes
1. Z. Rinaldo, 73
2. B. Marchand, 70
3. A. McQuaid, 49
4. M. Beleskey, 48
5. T. Randell, 45  

NHL Leaders
-Patrice Bergeron is ranked 16th in individual scoring with 21+26=47 totals, 14th in power play goals with nine, ninth in power play points with 20 and eighth in shots with 195.  
-Brad Marchand is ranked fifth in the NHL in goals with 26, fifth in shorthanded goals with three and sixth in shorthanded points with four. He is also ranked 29th in the league in shooting percentage with 15.8%.
-Zdeno Chara is ranked 23rd amongst all NHL defensemen in scoring with 7-22=29 totals.
-Ryan Spooner is tied for first in the NHL in shootout game-deciding goals with three.
-Boston Bruins rookie Colin Miller is ranked 17th amongst all NHL rookies in individual scoring with 3-12=15 totals, ranked ninth in rookie assists with 12, ranked fifth in rookie power play assists with five and ranked 11th in rookie power play points with five.
-Tuukka Rask is ranked eighth in the NHL among goaltenders in shutouts with four in 41 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
-Ryan Spooner played in his 100th NHL game on 1/16 vs. TOR
-Tuukka Rask played in his 300th NHL game on 1/21 vs. VAN

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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