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Pregame Notes: Boston @ Philadelphia
BOSTON BRUINS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Wachovia Center; Philadelphia PA
Game Time: 1:00 p.m.
NESN and WBZ Radio


Satuday’s Game

The Bruins visit the Flyers Saturday  in the third of four games between these teams this season and the second and final game of this season’s series at Wachovia Center. The Bruins are 21-18-4 this season and are 10-10-2 this season on the road. The Flyers are 22-15-4 overall this season with an 8-5-4 record on home ice. The Bruins are 5-4-2 this season vs. Atlantic Division teams and they are 16-15-4 overall vs. Eastern Conference foes. The Flyers are 4-4-1 this season vs. Northeast Division teams and they are 19-11-4 overall vs. Eastern Conference opponents.

All-time Series
The Bruins are 81-54-21-3 all-time vs. Philadelphia with a 526-483 scoring edge in those 159 games. The Bruins are 34-33-10-1 all-time vs., the Flyers in Philadelphia with the Flyers holding a 257-232 scoring advantage in those 78 contests. These teams have split the first two games of this season’s series with Philadelphia taking a 2-1 win in Boston on Oct. 27 and the Bruins winning the rematch in Philadelphia with a 6-3 victory on Nov. 26.

Recent Bruins Games
The Bruins have lost their last two games with a 1-0 loss to Carolina on Jan. 8 and a 5-2 setback to Montreal on Jan. 10. That followed a three-game win streak with a 5-2 victory over Atlanta on Dec. 31, a 2-0 win over Washington on Jan. 3 and a 4-3 win vs. New Jersey on Jan. 5. They are 7-8-1 in their last 16 games overall.

Recent Flyers Games
The Flyers have won their last three straight games and six of their last seven with a 4-1 win over Toronto on Dec. 27, a 4-2 win in Tampa Bay on Dec. 29, a 1-0 victory in Florida on Dec. 30 a 3-0 loss at New Jersey on Jan. 4, a 3-2 win in Toronto on Jan. 5, a 4-1 win at Atlanta on Jan. 8 and a 6-2 victory at NY Rangers on Jan 10. They are 6-5-2 in their last 13 games overall.

Upcoming Bruins Games
The Bruins next return home to host Toronto on Jan. 17 (7:00 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio) and the NY Rangers on Jan. 19 (1:00 p.m.; NESN/WBZ Radio). They will then face the Rangers in New York on Jan. 20 (1:30 p.m.; NBC-TV/WBZ Radio).

Upcoming Flyers Games
The Flyers next face the Capitals in Washington on Jan. 13 before returning home to host Florida on Jan. 16.

Bruins Injuries
Andrew Alberts: Post-concussion syndrome.
Bobby Allen: Back spasms.
Patrice Bergeron: Concussion and broken nose.
Manny Fernandez: Dec. 12 left knee surgery.
Glen Murray: Hip flexor strain.

Bruins January Transactions
Jan. 2: Shane Hnidy acquired from Anaheim for Brandon Bochenski and 2008 sixth round draft pick.
Jan. 3: Matt Hunwick returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 5: Tuukka Rask recalled from Providence/AHL and returned to Providence/AHL after the game.
Jan. 11: Matt Lashoff returned to Providence/AHL.
Jan. 11: Vladimir Sobotka recalled from Providence/AHL.

Bruins 2007-08 Shootouts (1-2)
1. Oct. 10 … NY Rangers 0 at Boston 1 … Boston Goal: Manny Fernandez (W) … NY Rangers Goal: Henrik Lundqvist (L)
Boston Shooters: Bergeron (N), Sturm (N), Kessel (Y) … NY Rangers 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)
3. Dec. 20 … Pittsburgh 5 at Boston 4 … Boston Goal: Tim Thomas (L) … Pittsburgh Goal: Ty Conklin (W)
Boston Shooters: Kessel (N), Sturm (N) … Pittsburgh Shooters: Christensen (Y), Letang (Y)

Bruins 2007-08 Penalty Shots For and Against:
1F. Oct. 27 … Phil Kessel unsuccessful vs. Philadelphia’s Martin Biron (15:09 second period).
A. Dec. 28 … Carolina’s Chad Larose successful shorthanded vs. Tim Thomas (15:28 second period).

January Birthdays:
- Alex Auld turned 27 years old on January 7.
- Petteri Nokelainen will turn 22 years old on January 16.
- Aaron Ward will turn 35 years old on January 17.

Bruins Fun Facts
- Glen Metropolit is two points shy of his 100th NHL point milestone.
- Marco Sturm is four assists short of his 200th NHL assist milestone.
- Peter Schaefer is five goals shy of his 100th NHL goal milestone.
- Chuck Kobasew is six points short of his 100th NHL point milestone.

- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will play in his third career NHL All-Star Game on January 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta … Chara was voted in as a starter by fans.

- The Bruins have recorded three shutouts this season, all by different goaltenders. Manny Fernandez recorded a 1-0 shootout victory over NY Rangers on Oct. 20, Alex Auld notched a 2-0 win vs. Columbus on Dec. 15 and Tim Thomas won a 2-0 decision over Washington on Jan. 3.
- It is the first time the Bruins have had three goaltenders record complete-game shutouts since 1997-98 (Jim Carey, Byron Dafoe, Robbie Tallas).

- The Bruins have 17 sets of back-to-back games this season and have completed nine of these series.
- They are 3-4-2 this season in the first game of these series and are 2-6-1 in the second game of these sets this season.

- The Bruins have four rookies on their current roster – David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Petteri Nokelainen and Vladimir Sobotka.
- The Bruins have eight players on their active roster who are new to the Bruins this season – Alex Auld (trade with Phoenix), Shane Hnidy (trade), Milan Lucic (draft), Glen Metropolit (free agent), Petteri Nokelainen (trade with NY Islanders), Peter Schaefer (trade with Ottawa), Vladimir Sobotka (draft) and Shawn Thornton (free agent).

- The Bruins have completed eight of their 24 season series. They are 0-1-0 vs. Anaheim, 1-0-0 vs. Chicago, 1-0-0 vs. Columbus, 0-1-0 vs. Dallas, 1-0-0 vs. Los Angeles, 1-0-0 vs. Phoenix, 0-1-0 vs. St. Louis 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
- Has 3-3-6 totals in his last 12 games…Had single assists each Dec. 13 vs. New Jersey and Dec. 18 vs. Ottawa; a goal Dec. 20 vs. Pittsburgh; an assist Dec. 22 vs. St. Louis; and single goals each Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta, which was the 18,000th goal in Bruins franchise history, and Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey.
- Had a seven-game point streak from Nov. 29-Dec. 10 (2-5-7 totals), the longest point streak by a Bruins defenseman since Ray Bourque had an eight-game streak (4-6-10 totals) from Oct. 12-Nov. 2, 1995.
- Has not dressed for one game this season (coach’s decision).

11—P.J. Axelsson—LW
- Has 5-2-7 totals in his last ten games…Had single tallies each Dec. 20 vs. Pittsburgh, Dec. 23 in Pittsburgh, Dec. 28 in Carolina and Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta; and a 1-2-3 effort Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey, which matched his career-high for points in a game.
- Has 7-4-11 totals in his last 18 games.
- Has one multiple-point game.

12—Chuck Kobasew—RW
- Has 2-3-5 totals in his last 12 games…Had an assist Dec. 15 vs. Columbus; a goal Dec. 18 vs. Ottawa; an assist Dec. 22 vs. St. Louis; his second shorthanded goal of the season Dec. 28 in Carolina; and an assist Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta.
- Has three multiple-point games.
- 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 three assists in two of his last five games with an assist Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta and two assists Jan. 3 vs. Washington.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Played his 200th NHL game Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders.
- 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 1-2-3 totals in two of his last four games with an assist Jan. 3 vs. Washington and a 1-1-2 effort Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey with the goal coming shorthanded at 19:59 of the first period.
- Has six multiple-point games.
- Had a six-game point streak from Nov. 8-23 (4-3-7 totals).
- Had a four-game point streak from Oct. 27-Nov. 4 (2-3-5 totals).
- Played his 700th NHL game Nov. 23 vs. NY Islanders.
- Has taken one shootout shot this season (no goal).
- Has missed one game to injury (1-eye, Dec. 12).

17—Milan Lucic—LW
- Rookie.
- Has 1-1-2 totals in his last seven games with an assist Dec. 28 in Carolina and a goal Jan. 10 vs. Montreal.
- 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 three multiple-point games.
- Played his first NHL game Oct. 5 in Dallas…Recorded his first NHL assist/point and his first NHL goal Oct. 12 in Los Angeles with the goal proving the game-winner.
- Has not dressed for one game (coach’s decision).
- Has missed four games to injury (4-head, Nov. 24-Dec. 1).
- Changed his number from 62 to 17 on October 30.

21—Andrew Ference—D
- Has seven assists in his last 14 games with two-assist efforts each Dec. 12 in Atlanta, Dec. 20 vs. Pittsburgh and Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta and a single assist Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- Has missed 16 games to injury (4-upper core, Nov. 4-10; 12-knee, Nov. 17-Dec. 10).

22—Shawn Thornton—RW
- Has played in eight of the last nine games.
- Played his 100th NHL game Jan. 10 vs. Montreal.
- Played his first game as a Bruin Oct. 5 in Dallas.
- Has not dressed for one game (coach’s decision).
- Has missed 20 games to injury (19-foot, Nov. 7-Dec. 18).

27—Glen Murray—RW
- Has missed nine games with a hip flexor strain.
- Has 4-1-5 totals in five of his last 11 games…Had single goals each Dec. 1 in Tampa Bay, Dec. 3 at NY Islanders and Dec. 5 in New Jersey; an assist Dec. 6 vs. Montreal; and a goal Dec. 12 in Atlanta.
- Has 9-4-13 totals in ten of his last 18 games.
- Has three multiple-point games with his season-high a 2-1-3 effort Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Had a three-game point streak from Oct. 12-18 (1-3-4 totals).
- Has had two four-game point streaks, from Nov. 15-23 (3-3-6 totals) and Dec. 1-6 (3-1-4 totals).
- Has missed nine games to injury (9-hip, Dec. 22-Jan. 10).

29—Alex Auld—G
- Has dressed as backup for four of the last five games and missed one game to be with his wife for the birth of son Sam Alexander.
- Has lost his last three starts with a 3-2 loss to Ottawa on Dec. 18, a 4-2 setback (one empty net goal against) Dec. 23 in Pittsburgh, and a 5-0 loss in Atlanta on Dec. 29 as he allowed three goals in 20 minutes before being relieved by Tim Thomas.
- His last win was a 2-0 win over Columbus which was the fourth shutout of his NHL career, his second of the season and his first as a Bruin.
- Acquired Dec. 6 from Phoenix for Nate DiCasmirro and a 2009 fifth round draft pick.
- Was playing in San Antonio/AHL at the time of the trade, where he was assigned Nov. 20 from Phoenix…Had a 3-6-0 record in nine Coyotes games this season with one shutout, a 1-0 win in Anaheim on Oct. 25…Had a 1-1-0 record with San Antonio, with the win a 7-0 victory over Milwaukee on Nov. 24…Is in his seventh professional season and Boston is his fourth NHL organization (Vancouver, Florida, Phoenix).
- Has not dressed for one game (at home following son’s birth).
- Has dressed as backup for eight Boston games.

30—Tim Thomas—G
- Has lost his last two starts with a 1-0 setback to Carolina on Jan. 8 and a 5-2 loss to Montreal on Jan. 10.
- Had won his previous three games with a 5-2 victory over Atlanta on Dec. 31; a 2-0 win over Washington on Jan. 3, his fifth career shutout; and a 4-3 victory over New Jersey on Jan. 5.
- Is 6-6-1 in his last 13 decisions.
- Has faced 30-or-more shots in 17 of his 27 complete games with a 10-6-1 record in those games…His season-high in shots faced was 52 Nov. 17 in Montreal.
- Has allowed two-or-fewer goals in 17 of his 27 complete games this season (10-5-2 record) and has allowed one goal or less in ten of those contests (8-1-1).
- Has had two three-game win streaks—from Oct. 13-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 5.
- Allowed a shorthanded penalty shot goal by Carolina’s Chad Larose on Dec. 28 and has now faced four career penalty shots, allowing two goals.
- Has dressed as backup for eight games.
- Has missed six games to injury (6-groin, Dec. 6-15).

33—Zdeno Chara—D
- Had his three-game point streak stopped Jan. 8 vs. Carolina with 1-4-5 totals in that span and has 2-5-7 totals in his last eight contests…Had a goal Dec. 22 vs. St. Louis; an assist Dec. 23 in Pittsburgh; two assists Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta; a 1-1-2 effort Jan. 3 vs. Washington and an assist Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey.
- Has 6-14-20 totals in his last 28 contests.
- Has six multiple-point games.
- Had a three-game assist streak from Oct. 6-12 with (0-4-4 totals).
- Had a four-game assist/point streak from Nov. 10-20 (1-4-5 totals).
- Will play in his third career NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 27 at Philips Arena in Atlanta…Was voted on the team as a starter by fans.

34—Shane Hnidy—D
- Has played the last four games, including his first game as a Bruin Jan. 3 vs. Washington.
- Acquired Jan. 2 from Anaheim for Brandon Bochenski and a 2008 sixth round draft pick.
- Had 1-2-3 totals in 33 games with Anaheim at the time of the trade…Originally drafted by Buffalo as their seventh pick, 173rd overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and Boston becomes his fifth NHL team (Ottawa, Nashville, Atlanta, Anaheim).

35—Manny Fernandez—G
- Is out of the lineup following Dec. 12 knee surgery.
- 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 32 games to injury (32-knee, Nov. 1-Dec. 5; Dec. 8-Jan. 10).

37—Patrice Bergeron—C
- Is out of the lineup 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. Montreal.
- 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 33 games to injury (33-concussion/broken nose, Nov. 1-Jan. 10).

38—Bobby Allen—D
- Has missed the last eight games with recurring back spasms after playing in the previous three games…Had missed the previous five games with the back spasms.
- Has not dressed for 15 games (coach’s decision).
- Has missed 14 games to injury (1-arm, Nov. 10; 13-back, Dec. 8-15; Dec. 23-Jan. 10).

41—Andrew Alberts—D
- Has missed the last 11 games with post-concussion syndrome.
- Recorded his second assist of the season Nov. 26 in Philadelphia.
- Has missed 11 games to injury (11-post-concussion syndrome, Dec. 18-Jan. 10).

44—Aaron Ward—D
- Returned to the lineup Jan. 10 vs. Montreal with a goal in that that game after missing the previous eight games with a broken foot.
- Has 1-2-3 totals in his last ten games played.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Has missed 13 games to injury (2-concussion, Nov. 10-15; 3-ankle, Dec. 3-6; 8-foot, Dec. 22-Jan. 8).

45—Mark Stuart—D
- Scored his second goal of the season with the game-winning effort Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta…His older brother Colin scored for the Thrashers in that game as they became just the second siblings to tally in the same game this season (Marian and Marcel Hossa on Dec. 7, NY Rangers at Atlanta).

46—David Krejci—C
- Rookie.
- Has three assists, recorded Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta, Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey and Jan. 10 vs. Montreal, in the five games since his Dec. 30 recall from Providence/AHL.
- Had 7-21-28 totals with 19 PIM in 25 AHL Bruins games with a +14 rating.
- Has one multiple-point game.
- Began the season in Boston and had three assists in 12 games before his Nov. 4 assignment to Providence/AHL…Recorded his first NHL point with an assist Oct. 6 at Phoenix.

53—Jeremy Reich—LW
- Has 1-1-2 totals in his last 12 games, scoring his first NHL goal Dec. 15 vs. Columbus in his 61st NHL game and his eighth professional season and adding a shorthanded assist Dec. 20 vs. Pittsburgh.
- Has not dressed for 12 games this season (coach’s decision).

56—Petteri Nokelainen—C/W
- Rookie.
- His last point was a goal Dec. 23 in Pittsburgh.
- Played 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…Scored his first goal/point as a Bruin with the game-winning tally Dec. 3 at NY Islanders (his first NHL goal/point since Oct. 13, 2005 in New Jersey 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.

60—Vladimir Sobotka—C
- Recalled Jan. 11 from Providence/AHL for his second stint of the season in Boston … Had 10-10-20 totals with 37 PIM and a +12 plus/minus rating in 18 AHL Bruins games.
- Recorded his first two NHL points in his last eight Boston games with single assists each Dec. 12 in Atlanta and Dec. 15 vs. Columbus.
- Played his first NHL game Nov. 24 at NY Islanders…Became the fourth Bruin this season to play his first NHL game (Lucic, Hunwick, Rask).
- Has not dressed for one game (coach's decision).
- Has missed three games to injury (3-upper body, Dec. 6-10).

72—Peter Schaefer—LW
- Has single assists each in two of his last five games, recorded Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta and Jan. 10 vs. Montreal.
- Has two multiple-point games, including a season-high 2-1-3 effort Nov. 15 vs. Toronto, which matched his previous career-high for goals in a 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. Montreal.

81—Phil Kessel—C/W
- Has 2-3-5 totals in four of his last seven games with single goals each Dec. 28 in Carolina and Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta, a two-assist effort Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey and an assist Jan. 10 vs. Montreal.
- Has four multiple-point games.
- 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.
- Scored the deciding shootout goal in a 1-0 win over NY Rangers on Oct. 20…It was his fifth career shootout deciding goal.
- 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).
- Played his 100th NHL game Dec. 12 in Atlanta.

91—Marc Savard—C
- Has 2-2-4 totals in four of his last five games with an assist Dec. 31 vs. Atlanta, the game-winning goals each Jan. 3 vs. Washington and Jan. 5 vs. New Jersey, and an assist Jan. 10 vs. Montreal.
- Has 2-6-8 totals in his last ten games with 5-7-12 totals in his last 14 contests.
- Has eight multiple-point games.
- Had a career-best 12-game assist/point streak from Nov. 10-Dec. 6 (2-17-19 totals).
- Recorded his 500th NHL point with the first assist of a 1-4-5 effort Oct. 12 in Los Angeles…Played his 600th NHL game Nov. 10 vs. Buffalo.
- 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 New Jersey).

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