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Pre-Game Notes: Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins
BOSTON BRUINS vs. BUFFALO SABRES
Saturday, November 10, 2007
TD Banknorth Garden; Boston MA
Game Time: 7:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Tonight’s Game
Sturm
The Bruins host the Sabres tonight in the third of eight games between these teams this season and the second of four games of this season's series at TD Banknorth Garden. The Bruins are 7-6-2 this season and are 4-2-1 this season on home ice. The Sabres are 6-8-1 overall this season with a 2-4-1 record on the road. The Bruins are 1-3-2 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 3-4-2 overall vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Sabres are 2-3-1 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 6-7-1 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

All-time Series
The Bruins are 105-96-29-3 all-time vs. Buffalo with the Sabres holding a 769-767 scoring edge in those 233 games. The Bruins are 64-37-14-1 all-time vs. the Sabres in Boston with a 426-344 scoring advantage in those 116 contests. The Bruins and Sabres have split overtime wins in this season's series with the Bruins winning a 4-3 decision in Boston on Nov. 1 and the Sabres taking the rematch with a 2-1 victory in Buffalo on Nov. 7.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins are 1-2-2 in their current stretch of nine straight games vs. Northeast Division opponents. They recorded a 4-3 overtime victory over Buffalo on Nov. 1, a 3-2 setback in Ottawa on Nov. 3, a 2-1 shootout loss to the Senators on Nov. 4, a 2-1 overtime loss in Buffalo on Nov. 7 and a 2-1 defeat to Montreal on Nov. 8. They are 6-4-2 in their last 12 games, including a four-game win streak from Oct. 12-20.

Recent Sabres Games
The Sabres are winless in four of their last five games at 1-3-1 with a 4-3 overtime loss in Boston on Nov. 1, a 4-2 setback to Florida on Nov. 2, a 2-0 loss in Montreal on Nov. 5, a 2-1 overtime win over Boston on Nov. 7 and a 3-0 loss to Toronto on Nov. 9. They are 3-6-1 in their last ten games.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins will conclude their stretch of nine consecutive games vs. Northeast Division opponents (1-2-2 ) vs. Toronto on Nov. 15 (7:00 p.m.), in Montreal on Nov. 17 (7:00 p.m.) and in Toronto on Nov. 20 (7:00 p.m.). All games in this stretch are on NESN and WBZ Radio.

Upcoming Sabres Games
The Sabres will next face the Senators in Ottawa on Nov. 15. They will then return home to host the Canadiens twice and Ottawa between Nov. 16-23.

Bruins Injuries
Bobby Allen: Day-to-day; Arm injury suffered Nov. 8 vs. Montreal.
Andrew Ference: Day-to-day; Upper core injury suffered Nov. 3 in Ottawa.
Aaron Ward: Day-to-day; Concussion suffered Nov. 8 vs. Montreal.
Patrice Bergeron: (IR) Out indefinitely; Concussion and broken nose suffered Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia.
Manny Fernandez: (IR) Out indefinitely; Knee strain suffered Oct. 30 in practice.
Shawn Thornton: (IR) Out indefinitely; Foot injury suffered Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa.

Bruins November Transactions
Nov. 4: David Krejci assigned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 4: Petteri Nokelainen recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 5: Jordan Sigalet returned to Providence/AHL.
Nov. 5: Tuukka Rask recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 9: Matt Hunwick recalled from Providence/AHL.
Nov. 9: Matt Lashoff recalled from Providence/AHL.

Bruins 2007-08 Shootouts (1-0)
1. Oct. 10 … NY Rangers 0 at Boston 1 … Boston Goal: Manny Fernandez (W) … New York Goal: Henrik Lundqvist (L). Boston Shooters: Bergeron (N), Sturm (N), Kessel (Y) … New York Shooters: Shanahan (N), Drury (N), Jagr (N)
2. Nov. 4 … Ottawa 2 at Boston 1 … Boston Goal: Tim Thomas (L) … Ottawa Goal: Martin Gerber (W). Boston Shooters: Kobasew (N), Kessel (N) … Ottawa Shooters: Alfredsson (Y), Vermette (Y)

Bruins 2007-08 Penalty Shots
1. Oct. 27 … Phil Kessel unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia's Martin Biron (15:09 second period).
  
600 for Savvy!
Bruins Fun Facts
- November Birthdays: Glen Murray turned 35 on November 1 and Bobby Allen will turn 29 on Nov. 14.
- Marc Savard is playing his 600th career NHL game tonight.
- Manny Fernandez is three games shy of his 300th NHL game milestone.
- Marco Sturm is five games short of his 700th NHL game milestone.
- Glen Metropolit is five games short of his 200th NHL game milestone.
- The Bruins have 17 sets of back-to-back games this season and have completed four of these sets so far.
- They are 1-2-1 this season in the first game of these series and are 2-1-1 in the second game of these sets this season.
- The Bruins have five rookies on their current roster – Matt Hunwick, Matt Lashoff, Milan Lucic, Petteri Nokelainen and Tuukka Rask.
- All have played an NHL game except for Hunwick and Rask, who are looking to see their first NHL action.
- The Bruins have eight players on their current roster who are new to the Bruins this season – Manny Fernandez (trade with Minnesota), Matt Hunwick (draft), Milan Lucic (draft), Glen Metropolit (free agent), Petteri Nokelainen (trade with NY Islanders), Tuukka Rask (trade with Toronto), Peter Schaefer (trade with Ottawa) and Shawn Thornton (free agent). That is in addition to new coach Claude Julien and new assistant coaches Craig Ramsay and Geoff Ward.
- The Bruins have completed six of their 24 seasons series. They are 0-1-0 vs. Anaheim, 1-0-0 vs. Chicago, 0-1-0 vs. Dallas, 1-0-0 vs. Los Angeles, 1-0-0 vs. Phoenix and 1-0-0 vs. San Jose.
- The Bruins opened this season with a five-game trip against Pacific Division teams, which concluded Oct. 13 in San Jose. That was the last game of the season scheduled for the Bruins outside of the Eastern Time zone.
- The Bruins will host the Central Division teams this season and will not play teams in the Northwest Division.

The Players
6 Dennis Wideman D

- Scored his first point of the season with a power play goal Oct. 22 in Montreal.
- Has not dressed for one game this season (coach's decision).

10 Brandon Bochenski RW
- Has played the last five games, including his first game of the season Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
- Returned Oct. 28 from Providence/AHL where he had been assigned on a conditioning stint on Oct. 23…Had one goal and no penalty minutes in two AHL Bruins games.
- Dressed, but did not play Oct. 10 in Anaheim.
- Has not dressed for seven games this season (coach's decision).

11 P. J. Axelsson LW
- Has two assists in his last seven games, recorded Oct. 25 vs. Chicago and Nov. 7 in Buffalo.

12 Chuck Kobasew RW
- Has factored into four of Boston's last five goals with 3-1-4 totals in that span over the last four games…Had a two-goal effort in a 3-2 loss Nov. 3 in Ottawa, a single tally in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Senators on Nov. 4 and an assist on Boston's lone goal Nov. 8 vs. Montreal.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Had a three-game goal streak from Oct. 6-12 (3-0-3 totals).
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (no goal).

13 Glen Metropolit C
- Has 2-1-3 totals in two of his last seven games with a goal Oct. 25 vs. Chicago and a 1-1-2 effort, including an assist on the overtime score, Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas…Recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist Oct. 10 in Anaheim…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 25 vs. Chicago.
- Signed as a free agent on Oct. 3…Had been invited to training camp on a pro try-out agreement.

16 Marco Sturm LW
- Has points in five of his last six games with 3-3-6 totals in that span…Scored a goal Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia; a 1-1-2 effort, including the overtime score, Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo; single assists each Nov. 3 vs. Ottawa and Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa; and a goal Nov. 8 vs. Montreal.
- Has 5-5-10 totals in his last 11 games.
- Has three multiple-point games.
- Had a four-game point streak from Oct. 27-Nov. 4 (2-3-5 totals).
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (no goal).

Lucic (62)
17 Milan Lucic LW
- Rookie.
- Has played the last two games after not dressing for the previous game.
- Recorded his first NHL assist/point and goal Oct. 12 in Los Angeles with the goal proving the game-winner…Completed his 'Gordie Howe hat trick' with a fight in that game as well.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Played his first NHL game Oct. 5 in Dallas…Recorded his first NHL assist/point and goal Oct. 12 in Los Angeles with the goal proving the game-winner.
- Has not dressed for one game (coach's decision).
- Changed his number from 62 to 17 on October 30.

21 Andrew Ference D
- Has missed three games and is on a day-to-day basis with an upper core injury.
- Has three assists in two of his last seven games with a two-assist effort Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay and an assist on the game-winning goal Oct. 25 vs. Chicago.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Has missed three games to injury (3-upper core, Nov. 4-8).

22 Shawn Thornton RW
- Has missed two games and is out indefinitely with a broken foot suffered Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa.
- Scoreless in 13 games this season.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Has missed two games to injury (2-foot, Nov. 7-8).

27 Glen Murray RW
- Has single assists each in two of his last five games, recorded Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo and Nov. 7 in Buffalo.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Had a three-game point streak from Oct. 12-18 (1-3-4 totals).

30 Tim Thomas G
- Is 0-2-2 in his last four starts with a 3-2 setback in Ottawa on Nov. 3, a 2-1 shootout loss to the Senators on Nov. 4, a 2-1 overtime loss in Buffalo on Nov. 7 and a 2-1 setback to Montreal on Nov. 8…Has faced 142 shots in the four games, stopping 134 for a .944 save percentage and 2.18 GAA in those contests.
- Is 4-3-2 in his last nine games.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in seven of his 11 games with a 3-3-1 record in those games…His season-high in shots faced was 45 Nov. 3 in Ottawa.
- Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in nine of his 11 games this season (4-3-2 record).
- Had a three-game win streak from Oct. 13-25.
- Has dressed as backup for four games.

33 Zdeno Chara D
- Has single assists each in two of his last six games, recorded Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia and Nov. 3 in Ottawa.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-12 with four assists in that span.
- Has one multiple-point game.

35 Manny Fernandez G
- Has missed five games and is out indefinitely with a knee strain suffered Oct. 30 in practice.
- Had his two-game win streak stopped with a 6-1 loss in Montreal on Oct. 22…That followed an 8-6 victory in Los Angeles on Oct. 12 and a 1-0 shootout victory over NY Rangers on Oct. 20, his 14th career shutout.
- Recorded his 14th NHL shutout and first as a Bruin with a 1-0 shootout win over NY Rangers on Oct. 20.
- Has played in one shootout this season (1-0, 0 goals/3 shots).
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas with a 4-1 loss…Earned his first win as a Bruin with an 8-6 victory in Los Angeles on Oct. 12.
- Has dressed as backup for six games.
- Has missed five games to injury (5-knee, Nov. 1-8).

37 Patrice Bergeron C
- Has missed five games and is out indefinitely with a concussion and broken nose suffered Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia.
- Had his three-game point streak stopped Oct. 20 vs. NY Rangers with 1-4-5 totals in that span…Had an assist Oct. 12 in Los Angeles, a 1-1-2 effort Oct. 13 in San Jose and two assists Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay.
- Has 3-4-7 totals in five of his ten games played this season.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (no goal).
- Has missed five games to injury (5-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-8).

38 Bobby Allen D
- Is on a day-to-day basis with an arm injury suffered Nov. 8 vs. Montreal.
- Has played the last three games after not dressing for the previous 11 contests.
- Has not dressed for 11 games (coach's decision).

Rask
40 Tuukka Rask G
- Rookie.
- Is looking to play his first NHL game.
- Has dressed as backup for the last two games.
- Recalled Nov. 5 from Providence/AHL where he had a 6-1-0 record and 2.00 goals against average in seven games this season, playing each game on the road .
- Has dressed as backup for two games.

41 Andrew Alberts D
- Recorded his first point of the season with an assist Nov. 3 in Ottawa.

44 Aaron Ward D
- Is on a day-to-day basis with a concussion suffered Nov. 8 vs. Montreal.
- Has three assists in two of his last seven games with a single assist Oct. 25 vs. Chicago and two assists, including one on the overtime goal, Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
- Has 2-3-5 totals in his last 12 games, including the game-winning goal at 19:48 of the third period Oct. 13 in San Jose.
- Has one multiple-point game.

45 Mark Stuart D
- Scored his first goal of the season Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay…It was his first goal scored since he scored his first career NHL goal on Apr. 10, 2006 vs. Washington.

48 Matt Hunwick D
- Rookie.
- Is looking to play his first NHL game.
- Recalled Nov. 9 from Providence/AHL where he had four assists with four PIM in nine AHL Bruins games…Was tied for second on the team with a +7 rating.

49 Matt Lashoff D
- Rookie.
- Is looking to play his first Boston game of the season…Played 12 NHL games with the Bruins in 2006-07.
- Recalled Nov. 10 from Providence/AHL where he had 1-2-3 totals with 12 PIM in nine AHL Bruins games…His goal came on the power play.

53 Jeremy Reich LW
- Has played the last three games, including his first game of the season Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa.
- Has not dressed for 12 games this season (coach's decision).

56 Petteri Nokelainen C/W
- Rookie.
- Has played the last two games, including his first game as a Bruin Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa…That was his first NHL game since April 2, 2006 vs. Philadelphia while with the NY Islanders.
- Recalled Nov. 4 from Providence/AHL where he was third in that team's scoring race with 3-5-8 totals and 4 PIM in eight AHL Bruins games.
- He has two career NHL points, both coming in a 1-1-2 effort Oct. 13, 2005 in Washington while with the NY Islanders.

72 Peter Schaefer LW
- Has 1-4-5 totals in four of his last 12 games…Had two assists Oct. 12 in Los Angeles, scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay and added single assists Oct. 22 in Montreal and Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Played his 500th NHL game Oct. 20 vs. NY Rangers.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas and recorded his first point as a Bruin with an assist in that game…Scored his first goal as a Bruin Oct. 18 vs. Tampa Bay.

81 Phil Kessel C/W
- Has 3-2-5 totals in four of his last seven games…Scored twice Oct. 25 vs. Chicago, including the game-winner; added a single tally Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo; and single assists each Nov. 4 vs. Ottawa and Nov. 8 vs. Montreal.
- Scored the deciding shootout goal in a 1-0 win over NY Rangers on Oct. 20…It was his fifth career shootout deciding goal.
- Scored his first career hat trick and recorded a career-high for points in a game with a 3-1-4 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Took his first career penalty shot on Oct. 27, unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia's Martin Biron.
- Has taken two shootout shots this season (one deciding goal).

91 Marc Savard C
- Has 2-3-5 totals in four of his last six games…Had an assist Oct. 27 vs. Philadelphia; a 1-1-2 effort Nov. 1 vs. Buffalo; an assist Nov. 3 in Ottawa; and a goal Nov. 7 in Buffalo.
- Has two multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 27-Nov. 3 (1-3-4 totals).
- Has points in nine of his 14 games played this season with 3-11-14 totals on the season.
- Recorded his 500th NHL point with the first assist of a 1-4-5 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles.
- Has missed one game to injury (1-groin, Oct. 10)…Missed the Oct. 10 game in Anaheim with the injury, snapping his consecutive games-played stretch at 166 games dating back to his previous game missed (April 3, 2004 at Ottawa while with Atlanta).


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