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Bear Essentials On the Road: Phoenix, Arizona

Saturday, 10.06.2007 / 10:15 AM / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Bear Essentials On the Road: Phoenix, Arizona
Bear Essentials On the Road: PHOENIX, ARIZONA (Jobing.com Arena)
Thankfully, the Bruins have the opportunity to bounce back very quickly. Tonight they take on Wayne Gretzky's Phoenix Coyotes. Both teams are in their second game of the 2007-08 campaign and both clubs have something to prove -- it should be a great game. JB

Where are we going?
Phoenix, Arizona (www.go-arizona.com)
Phoenix was established in 1874, when a patent for the site of Phoenix was issued by Ulysses S. Grant and the city was officially incorporated on Feb. 15, 1881.

The city is named after the Phoenix bird of Egyptian legend-- a bird that was burned in its nest and from the ashes a new and more beautiful bird arose. Darrell Duppa and other settlers felt that the town would rise from the ashes of the ancient cultures who had occupied the land so long before and grow into a new and more beautiful city.

Phoenix remained a small farming community until the 1930s when tourism began to flourish due to the warm climate and healthy environment. The population grew in rapidly, making Phoenix the 7th largest city in the U.S. today.

Where are we playing?
Jobing.com Arena (www.glendaleaz.com)
Jobing.com Arena opened December 26, 2003 and is the anchor and first complete piece in Phoenix’s new Westgate City Center. Owned by the city of Glendale, the Glendale Arena is home to the Coyotes, the National Lacrosse League’s Arizona Sting, as well as a multitude of entertainment events. The Coyotes held their first game there on December 27, 2003 against the Nashville Predators in front of a standing-room only crowd of 19,052 fans. The arena has two separate concourses, as well 88 executive suites, 12 party suites, the Lexus Club, and the Rink Side Club. It also features an intimate seating bowl that has a “retro” feel with all the modern amenities.

Who are we playing?
The Coyotes are in their 11th season in the NHL and have had many great highlights in their first ten seasons, most notably, when Wayne Gretzky became owner and managing partner of the Coyotes on February 15, 2001. He then became the head coach on August 8, 2005. 

When are we playing?
10:00 p.m. Boston time.

Who's playing for us?
John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.
Not sure yet. Morning skate was canceled and I will have to track down more info this afternoon.

Is the game on?
Yes. NESN and WBZ will cover the game.

7:03 a.m. (Phoenix time)
I have been up since 5:30 -- couldn't sleep, too wired -- so I started looking through my e-mail.

Some good news! Today is the first day of the 2007-08 hockey season for the New England Hockey Journal Radio Show.

Join hockey writers Mick Colageo, Matt Kalman and Kevin Paul Dupont this morning, and almost every Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Listen in on 890 am, 1400 am or go to hockeyjournal.com to listen on the web. Although it is a shortened show today, don't miss Brian Burke at 11:30 and Peter Chiarelli at 11:50!

And the hockey talk continues at 2:00 p.m. (this time at insidehockey.com/radio) with hockey journalists James Murphy and Kevin Greenstein as they host the Inside Hockey Radio Show.

Usually heard on XM Satellite Radio, you can listen in at the above link. This week Murph and Kevin catch up with We've got some great guests lined up for you this week including Mr. Chiarelli and Mike Milbury (TSN, NESN, NBC).

Time for some coffee folks...Keep it here. I'll try not to get lost from here to the coffee maker.

8:28 a.m.
About an hour or so until we head out to the arena, and from what I've heard, it is not nearby. I am pretty psyched to see its retro look.

The scenery around here is amazing. Out my window you can see sand colored mountains like something out of a wild west move -- or even a movie about Mars. It is totally different than where we have been over the last month.

1:52 p.m.
Back from the rink and lunch. The rink was gorgeous! Very well done. I was able to get into a media scrum with The Great One, himself. So that was pretty neat -- lemmie write it up for you.

4:00 p.m.
According to Coach Gretzky, who said that he was going with the same lineup he went with in his first game, this is who will hit the ice for Phoenix, tonight:

2 D KEITH BALLARD
5 D MATT JONES
11 C MARTIN HANZAL
12 R CRAIG WELLER
13 L DANIEL CARCILLO
15 C MICHAEL ZIGOMANIS
16 L MICHAEL YORK
17 R RADIM VRBATA
19 R SHANE DOAN (C)
22 L MATHIAS TJARNQVIST
28 C STEVEN REINPRECHT
29 D RYAN CALDWELL
34 C DANIEL WINNIK
39 C NIKO KAPANEN
44 D NICHOLAS BOYNTON
53 D DEREK MORRIS (A)
55 D ED JOVANOVSKI (A)
88 C PETER MUELLER
32 G MIKAEL TELLQVIST
35 G ALEXANDER AULD

I will update with our roster when I get to the arena.

6:23 p.m.
Word is that 22 Bruins will be skating warm ups and that the lineup will not be finalized until after the skate.

Chuck Kobasew and Glen Murray will switch lines...

6:29 p.m.
Tim Thomas just led the team onto the ice signifying that he will start this evening. Timmy has almost all gold pads with gold blocker and gold glove. His helmet is an updated version of his bear, with "Beware of Bear" across the back in the style of the new shoulder patch.

Tellqvist led the Coyotes onto the ice. Besides the Original Six, I think I like the Coyotes new uniform the best. Very nice.

6:35 p.m.
Asked why he would be choosing his players so carefully tonight, Coach Julien said, "There are question marks."

Questioned about what the question marks were about, and whether they were due to injury, Julien said that if players did sit out because of injury, they were minor.

6:42 p.m.
Something like this?

Schaefer-Savard-Kobasew
Sturm-Bergeron-Muzz
Axelsson-Kreji-Kessel
Lucic-Metropolit-Thornton
(Bochenski)
Chara-Ward
Alberts-Ference
Stuart-Wideman
(Allen)

7:13 p.m.
One last post. Scratch Bochenski, Allen and Reich.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 34 20 10 4 112 90 44
2 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
3 DET 33 17 8 8 93 82 42
4 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
5 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
6 BOS 33 16 14 3 82 85 35
7 OTT 32 14 12 6 88 88 34
8 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 33 6 16 2 22
C. Soderberg 33 6 16 6 22
B. Marchand 30 8 11 8 19
L. Eriksson 33 6 11 6 17
D. Hamilton 33 5 12 0 17
R. Smith 33 8 8 1 16
M. Lucic 33 6 9 3 15
T. Krug 29 6 6 4 12
C. Kelly 31 2 9 3 11
D. Krejci 13 3 7 2 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
N. Svedberg 4 4 0 .925 2.24
T. Rask 12 10 3 .914 2.50
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