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The Bruins Week Ahead: 2/6 - 2/12

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins



THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD
February 6 – February 12

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

BOSTON BRUINS ASSIGN JOONAS KEMPPAINEN TO PROVIDENCE: Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, February 5 that the team has assigned forward Joonas Kemppainen to Providence. Kemppainen will play for the P-Bruins in Friday’s game against Albany. Kemppainen, 27, is currently in the midst of his first NHL season and has appeared in 35 games with Boston, tallying one goal and two assists for three points.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Bruins kick off a six-game road trip next week when they play the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday evening. The Bruins’ 16-5-3 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 7,918.7 miles.

BRUINS CAPTAIN ZDENO CHARA TO LEAD BRUINS 9TH ANNUAL PJ DRIVE PRESENTED BY FREIHOFER’S: 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. The Boston Bruins will be hosting an in-game PJ collection drive at the TD Garden on Saturday, February 6th during their game against the Buffalo Sabres. Fans entering the Bruins game who donate a pair of new pajamas or $10 to Cradles to Crayons will be entered into a raffle to win Bruins prizes. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

STAT OF THE WEEK: Since ceding a power play goal in the third period of their 2-1 win at the Islanders on Nov. 8 (their 14th game of the season), the Bruins have successfully killed 111-of-122 (91.0%) opponent power play opportunities. The NHL record for penalty kill percentage in a season is 89.6%, set by the 2011-12 New Jersey Devils.

SUPERB SPECIAL TEAMS: The Bruins power play is ranked second in the NHL. The team is 35-for-143 (24.5%), with the highest percentage being 25.0% (WSH). The Bruins penalty kill has also improved to 84.4%, good for fourth best in the league.

GIRLS LOVE HOCKEY CLINIC PRESENTED BY ALEX AND ANI CONTEST: On Tuesday, February 23 The Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development team will host Girls Love Hockey presented by ALEX AND ANI at Agganis Arena in Boston, MA. 30 members of ‘Mite/8U', 'Squirt/10U', 'Pee Wee/12U', or 'Bantam/14U' girls will selected at random to participate in an on ice clinic at Boston University’s Agganis Arena. All players will receive a Bruins jersey, and an ALEX AND ANI bangle. To enter for the chance to win, complete the entry form on www.BostonBruins.com/GirlsLoveHockey. Please note that all entrants must be currently enrolled in organized youth hockey. The deadline to enter is Friday, February 12 at 3 p.m.

BEHIND THE B: The next episode of Behind the B airs this Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. on NESN! To catch up on Episodes 1–8 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 9: Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m.
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

BOSTON BRUINS ALUMNI TO PARTICPATE IN GAME BENEFITTING JIMMY FUND: On Saturday, February 6, 2016 the Boston Bruins Alumni will take on the Dana Farber Rink Rats at the LoConte Memorial Rink in Medford at 3 p.m. The game will benefit the Dana Farber – Jimmy Fund. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Andy Brickley, Mike Mottau, and Kenny Hodge amongst others are expected to suit up for the Bruins Alumni. For more information, please visit the “Off the Ice & Around Town” section of the Week Ahead.

BRUINS ACADEMY: The next episode of “Bruins Academy” will air on Saturday, February 13 at 12:30 p.m. 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.

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 $14,900 for the Bruins Foundation.

NHL WINTER CLASSIC JERSEY AUCTION FOR DENNA LAING: Join the NHL Family in supporting Denna Laing by bidding on game-worn and autographed Bruins Winter Classic jerseys. One hundred percent of the auction’s proceeds will help defray expenses related to Denna’s recovery. Bidding ends on Thursday, February 11. To place a bid, visit www.BostonBruins.com/DennaLaing.

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.

LIMITED INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AVAILABLE: Be part of the live action of Bruins Hockey at TD Garden when the puck drops Saturday, February 6 against the Buffalo Sabres at 7 p.m., and Tuesday, February 9 against Milan Lucic and the L.A. Kings at 7 p.m. The first 5,000 fans in the door for Saturday, February 6 against the Buffalo Sabres will receive a ‘Boston’s Team Since 1924’ Poster, courtesy of TD Bank. Individual game tickets are also available for all upcoming home games this February. To purchase tickets visit www.BostonBruins.com/tickets or the Bruins Mobile App.

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 “Breaking the Ice” by heading to www.BearShorts.com.

GROUP TICKETS AVAILABLE: With less than 15 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 Buffalo Sabres on February 6, the Los Angeles Kings on February 9 and the Winnipeg Jets on February 11. Sportsnet will also be broadcasting the February 9 game against Los Angeles. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. For the February 9 game vs. Los Angeles, former Boston Bruin Milan Lucic is expected to play his first game at TD Garden since being traded on June 26, 2015. Lucic played in Boston for eight seasons, beginning with the 2007-2008 season. During that span, he played in 566 games, accruing 139-203=342 totals with 772 penalty minutes.

2/6 vs. Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub
2/9 vs. Los Angeles Kings, 7 p.m. – NESN, SN1, 98.5 The Sports Hub
2/11 at Winnipeg Jets, 8 p.m. – NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

OFF THE ICE & AROUND TOWN…

BOSTON BRUINS PJ DRIVE IN-GAME COLLECTION
WHAT: The Boston Bruins are teaming up with Freihofer’s and Cradles to Crayons to host an in-game PJ collection drive at the TD Garden on Saturday, February 6 during their game against the Buffalo Sabres. This event will kick off the 9th 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. Fans that donate $10 or a new, unused pair of pajamas will be entered into a drawing for great Bruins prizes.
WHEN: Saturday, February 6, 2016 during the Boston Bruins home game
WHERE: 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114

BOSTON BRUINS ALUMNI TO PARTICPATE IN GAME BENEFITTING JIMMY FUND

WHAT: On Saturday, February 6, 2016 the Boston Bruins Alumni will take on the Dana Farber Rink Rats at the LoConte Memorial Rink at 3 p.m.  The game will benefit the Dana Farber – Jimmy Fund.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. Andy Brickley, Mike Mottau, and Kenny Hodge amongst others are expected to suit up for the Bruins Alumni.  
WHEN: Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 3 p.m.
WHERE: LoConte Memorial Rink, 97 Locust St. Medford, MA 02155

TWEET OF THE WEEK…

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW):
@ZackCoxNESN (Zack Cox, NESN):

This week’s honorable mentions, listed in no particular order:
@ESPNJoeyMac (Joe McDonald, ESPNBoston.com): Saucer to the bumper to the Spooner.
@_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, HockeyBuzz): Nice to run into Terry O’Reilly before tonight’s game. Not literally, of course. I’ve seen the montages.
@A_Merritt (Andy Merritt, NEHJ): That was one hell of a pass-trnak.
@RealJackEdwards (Jack Edwards, NESN): It’s nice to have a few days off, go skiing with the kids. BUT THERE’S NOTHIN LIKE BEING WITH THE Bs.
@HackswithHaggs (Joe Haggerty, CSNNE.com): A Pastafarian just caught on Jumbotron at TD Garden. He had a Black and Gold Bruins strainer on his head w/ word “Pastafarian” lettered on it.

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

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, February 6 (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 after Head Coach Claude Julien
-Game vs. Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 7  
-TBD

Monday, February 8 (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 after Head Coach Claude Julien

Tuesday, February 9 (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 after Head Coach Claude Julien
-Game vs. Los Angeles Kings, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 10 (Wilmington, MA / Winnipeg, MB)

-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11 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 Winnipeg, MB

Thursday, February 11 (Winnipeg, MB / St. Paul, MN)
-Morning skate at MTS Centre (300 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 5S4), 11:30 a.m. local
-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 at Winnipeg Jets, 8 p.m. local
-Team travels to St. Paul, MN

Friday, February 12 (St. Paul, MN)

-Practice at Xcel Energy Center, 1:30 p.m. local
-Players will be available to the media after practice
-Head Coach Claude Julien will be available to the media after the players

Saturday, February 13 (St. Paul, MN / Detroit, MI)
-Morning skate at Xcel Energy Center, 9 a.m. local
-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 at Minnesota Wild, 1 p.m. local
-Team travels to Detroit, MI

Sunday, February 14 (Detroit, MI / Columbus, OH)

-Morning Skate 8:30 a.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 at Detroit Red Wings, 3 p.m.
-Team travels to Columbus, OH

2015-16 STATISTICAL LEADERS

Goals
1. B. Marchand, 23
2. P. Bergeron, 19
3. L. Eriksson, 15
4. D. Krejci, 12
T5. R. Spooner, 11
T5. J. Hayes, 11

Assists
1. R. Spooner, 27
T2. D. Krejci, 26
T2. P. Bergeron, 26
4. L. Eriksson, 24
5. T. Krug, 21

Points
1. P. Bergeron, 45
2. L. Eriksson, 39
T3. R. Spooner, 38
T3. D. Krejci, 38
5. B. Marchand, 35

Plus/Minus
1. B. Marchand, +12
T2. L. Eriksson, +10
T2. M. Beleskey, +10
T4. Z. Chara, +9
T4. P. Bergeron, +9

Penalty Minutes
1. Z. Rinaldo, 68
2. B. Marchand, 64
3. A. McQuaid, 49
4. T. Randell, 40
T5. M. Beleskey, 38
T5. Z. Chara, 38

NHL Leaders
-Patrice Bergeron is ranked 16th in individual scoring with 19+26=45 totals, 10th in power play goals with nine, tied with 11 other players for second in the NHL in shorthanded assists with two, sixth in power play points with 20 and 11th in shots with 176.  
-Brad Marchand is ranked seventh in the NHL in goals with 23, fourth in shorthanded goals with three and fifth in shorthanded points with four.
-Zdeno Chara is tied with 11 other players for second in the NHL in shorthanded assists with two and is ranked 21st amongst all NHL defensemen in scoring with 7-20=27 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 ninth in rookie power play points with five.
-Tuukka Rask is ranked seventh in the NHL among goaltenders in shutouts with four in 38 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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