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Bear Essentials: Game Day @ Ottawa

Saturday, 11.03.2007 / 10:49 AM / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Bear Essentials: Game Day @ Ottawa
The B's fly in style...
Good Day! Morning Update
Our Boys arrived in Ottawa last night and the squad is no doubt on its way to the rink for morning skate.

No updates as to lineups or anything like that are expected today -- you should expect that the club will look very much as it did during its 4-3 OT victory over Buffalo.

Axelsson-Savard-Murray
Sturm-Kessel-Kobasew
Schaefer-Metropolit-Bochenski
Lucic-Krejci-Thornton
Chara-Ward (sg) Thomas
Alberts-Ference (bg) Sigalet
Stuart-Wideman GO BRUINS!


If you are in need of a hockey fix this morning, know that Matt Kalman, Kevin Paul Dupont and Mick Colageo, who host the New England Hockey Journal Radio Show, will have Ottawa Sun hockey writer Bruce Garrioch on sometime during the 11 a.m. hour  -- go to hockeyjournal.com to listen in. It's a short show this week, so don't miss it!

Later in the day, James Murphy, Kevin Greenstein and the Inside Hockey Radio Show will Whave new NHLPA head Paul Kelly, Scott Burnside of ESPN.com, Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer, HDNet's Judd Sirott, Sportsnet's Louis Jean, and goalie coach Peter Martin.

Catch that show from 2-4 p.m. on Team990.com out of Montreal.

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.
3:01 p.m.
Confrimation on the lines...the above are correct.

Listened to the New England Hockey Journal show -- sanity in the world prevails. Thanks guys!
 
4:52 p.m.
A little news update...

Boston Bruins Week Ahead 11/2-11/9

Back to Back with Ottawa
The Bruins venture to Ottawa on Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday's showdown with the Senators, who hold a NHL-best 10-1-0 record.  Following Saturday night's game, the Bruins and Senators immediately head to Boston, as they will square off for the second time in two days at the TD Banknorth Garden on Sunday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Both games will be televised live on NESN and broadcast live on WBZ 1030 AM.

The Bruins are coming off Thursday night's 4-3 overtime victory over Buffalo while Ottawa is riding a five game winning streak.  The Sens haven't dropped a decision since October 11 (3-5 L vs. BUF).

Familiar Foes
The Bruins are in the midst of a 9-game, three-week run as they only play their four Northeast Division rivals.  This weekend's games against Ottawa are games two and three of this stretch.

Date/Opponent/Result
11.01/BUF/ 4-3 W
11.03/@OTT/ 7:00 p.m. ET
11.04/OTT/ 7:00 p.m. ET
11.07/@BUF/ 7:00 p.m. ET
11.08/MTL/ 7:30 p.m. ET
11.10/BUF/ 7:00 p.m. ET
11.15/TOR/ 7:00 p.m. ET
11.17/@MTL/ 7:00 p.m. ET
11.20/@TOR/ 7:00 p.m. ET

Northeast Division at a Glance
The Northeast Division is the most competitive in the NHL record-wise, with all five teams ranking in the top 10 of their conference and all five teams having .500 records or better.  The Bruins are currently in third place in the division and fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 7-4 overall record.  They are 1-1 within the division, with the win coming against Buffalo on November 1 and the loss at Montreal on October 22.

Northeast Division Standings as of 11/02
Rank/Team/Record
1.      Ottawa/ 10-1-0
2.      Montreal/ 7-2-3
3.      BOSTON/ 7-4-0
4.      Toronto/ 5-5-3
5.      Buffalo/ 5-5-1

Upcoming Game and Practice Schedule
Practice Schedule Subject to Change

Sunday, November 4 (Boston, MA)
-       10:30 a.m. ET â   11:15 a.m. ET, pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden
-       7:00 p.m. ET, Game vs. Ottawa Senators (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
Monday, November 5 (Wilmington, MA)
-       11:30 a.m. ET â   12:30 p.m. ET, practice at Ristuccia Arena
Tuesday, November 6 (Wilmington, MA)
-       11:30 a.m. ET â   12:30 p.m. ET, practice at Ristuccia Arena
-       Travel to Buffalo
Wednesday, November 7 (Buffalo, NY)
-       Pregame skate at HSBC Arena, 11:30 a.m. ET â   12:30 p.m. ET
-       Game at Buffalo Sabres 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
Thursday, November 8 (Boston, MA)
-       10:30 a.m. ET â   11:15 a.m. ET, pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden
-       7:30 p.m. ET, Game vs. Montreal Canadiens (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
Friday, November 9 (Wilmington, MA)
-       11:30 a.m. ET â   1:00 p.m. ET, Practice at Ristuccia Arena

B's Points Leaders as of 11/02
Rank/Plr    Goals/Assists/Pnts
1. M. Savard            2/10/12
t2. P. Kessel           6/2/8
t2. M. Sturm            5/3/8
4. P. Bergeron       3/4/7

Cam-Bernet
On Thursday, November 8, Cam Neely and Ray Bourque will present an exclusive wine tasting and presentation from their Hat Trick Cellars at The Greatest Bar in Boston from 2:00 p.m. ET â   4:00 p.m. ET (262 Friend Street, Boston, MA).  Wine proceeds will benefit The Cam Neely Foundation For Cancer Care and Celebrities For Charity Foundation.  The event is open to the media.  Media wishing to attend should contact the Boston Bruins Communications Department.

W.B. Mason's Bruins Face-Off Live
Beginning a half hour before every NESN televised Bruins game studio host Kathryn Tappen will preview the upcoming game along with Mike Milbury and Barry Pederson from the NESN HD Television Center.  After the game, NESN will deliver a complete wrap-up on Granite City Electric's Bruins Overtime Live, the network's half hour postgame show.

Text in Your Questions
NESN encourages fans to text their questions to NESN at 83733 to have them answered live by NESN analyst Andy Brickley during the game or by Bruins coaches and players during intermissions and postgame interviews.

B's in the Community
11.05.07: Phil Kessel will be at the John F. Kennedy Family Center in Charlestown from 3-3:45 p.m. ET to launch a partnership between the Boston Bruins and ReadBoston's Reading Trail Program.  The Reading Trail program is an early literacy program designed to increase reading at home and in childcare settings.  Kessel will read to approximately 50 pre-school students and pass out a free book for all children in attendance.

11.07.07: The Boston Bruins will be at the campus of Northeastern University from 4-8 p.m. ET promoting their 2007-08 student night games.  T-shirts will be given away and tickets will be available for students to purchase.

Media and Fan information line
Call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice schedule

5:09 p.m.
Ottawa's lines, from TSN.ca:

Heatley-Robitaille-Alfredsson
Foligno- Fisher-Neil
Vermette-Kelly-Eaves
Schubert-McAmmond-Donovan
Phillips-Volchenkov (sg) Gerber
Redden-Mezsaros (bg) Emery
Richardson-Corvo


5:40 p.m.
A dissenting opinion -- Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe says EMERY was first off the ice. this morning.

6:11 p.m.
Speaking of Ottawa yesterday, Coach Claude Julien sounded as if he had a lot of respect for the Senators.

"This is a team that has lots of talent," said Coach after practice on Friday. "They can score goals and I think they have a pretty solid back end -- not only defensively, but they can move the puck well.

"They have a lot of confidence. They've been to the finals, they've had an excellent start.

"These guys seem like they are determined and want to repeat. and take it to the next level."

6:34 p.m.
According to NESN, Jason Spezza is out of Ottawa's lineup this evening, and Sunday.

6:51 p.m.
Heading over to the running recap -- story #1 on the front page. Go Bruins!

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