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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: January 26 - February 1

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Boston Bruins Week Ahead: January 26 - February 1
The Boston Bruins Week Ahead gives you all the news, notes and numbers that you need for January 26 - February 1.

THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS…

DOUG-IE, DOUG-IE: Nineteen-year-old defenseman Dougie Hamilton earned the first multi-point night of his four-game NHL career on Friday, picking up two assists and the game’s First Star in a 4-1 win over the New York Islanders – and heard the first “Doug-ie” chant from Bruins fans. His three assists on the season place him tied for third overall in the league for points by a rookie, behind Tampa Bay forward Cory Conacher (2-5=7) and St. Louis’ Vladimir Tarasenko (4-2=6). The only defenseman at his point total is Edmonton’s Justin Schultz (1-2=3). Hamilton’s three assists also place him among the five Bruins with three points, including: Brad Marchand (2-1), Milan Lucic (2-1), Gregory Campbell (1-2) and David Krejci (0-3).

“There’s a couple of things that’s happened to help him along the way here,” Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said about Hamilton following the 4-2 victory. “He’s been playing since September with his junior team, he’s gone to the World Juniors, so he’s played in high-caliber tournaments. So, he’s got that experience and he’s come in here with a good jump, having played four months of hockey and right now he’s playing with a lot of confidence…You have to be pleased and impressed with a young player playing the way he has been.”

COACH NEARS MILESTONE: With the Bruins’ win over the Islanders Friday night, Claude Julien is now tied with Don Cherry for third place on the team’s all-time wins list with 231, and can surpass that as early as Monday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

SEIDENEBERG BACK: Dennis Seidenberg, who missed the Bruins’ January 21 and 23 games with a lower-body injury, was back in the lineup Friday night against the Islanders, and finished the night leading all skaters with six hits and four blocked shots.

BIG BAD BRUINS: Four different Bruins have earned fighting majors this season, all in separate games. Here is the breakdown of the fights:

January 19 vs. New York Rangers: Shawn Thornton vs. Mike Rupp; Gregory Campbell vs. Stu Bickel

January 23 at New York Rangers: Adam McQuaid vs. Brian Boyle

January 25 vs. New York Islanders: Milan Lucic vs. Matt Carkner

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE: The Bruins upcoming practice schedule and media availability for January 27 – 31 can be found at the end of the Week Ahead.

NEW MOBILE APP: The Boston Bruins mobile app has been updated for the 2012-13 season, with a sleek, all-new design and the following improvements: revised user interface and menu navigation for ease of use; revamped in-game section with larger display area; integration with Bruins Instagram photos and fan photos tagged with #NHLBruins; access to the Bruins official Twitter feed @NHLBruins with one-tap connection to a personal account; TD Garden concourse map with concession listings and locations; increased personal preference settings for in-game and team app alerts, additional sounds and wallpapers, and improved social sharing. The app can be downloaded via iPhone or Android phones.

BOSTONBRUINSTV LINEUP: The Boston Bruins introduced a new BostonBruinsTV channel lineup this season, with easier accessibility and more behind-the-scenes features for fans. The new lineup additions include: “Bruins Beat,” daily Bruins updates from practices and gamedays; “Press Room,” with full press conference of Claude Julien and Bruins management; “Locker Room Raw,” video interviews with Boston Bruins players following practices and games; “BRUINS :30,” all of the latest on the Bruins in 30 seconds or less; “Live Look-Ins,” on location with Bruins players; “Bruins Breakdown,” a segment where Bruins break down specific goals, saves and plays following games; and the “Communication Reports” channel, including Prospect Report videos with Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney on the development of prospects in the Bruins system.

STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING…

SPREADING THE WEALTH: Fifteen players on the Bruins roster have at least one point this season, including seven players with one goal and ten each with at least one assist.

STARTING STRONG: Boston has started the season with a 3-0-1 record, marking the first time since 2000-01 that the Bruins have earned points in its first four games.

CAROLINA CALLING: The Carolina Hurricanes swept the Bruins in the season series last year for the first time in the history between these teams (including when the Hurricanes franchise was in Hartford). Carolina had one previous four-game win streak against Boston, but that one overlapped seasons. If the Hurricanes win on Monday, the five-game win streak will be their longest ever against the Bruins, who were 11-2-0 against Carolina heading into last season.

UPCOMING GAMES...

The Bruins play the first of four back-to-backs of the condensed season this week, facing off against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center on Monday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET, and then returning home to take on last year’s Stanley Cup runner-up, the New Jersey Devils, at the TD Garden on Tuesday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Boston was 6-4-3 in the first game of those sets last season in 2011-12 with a 9-4-0 mark in the second games.

The Bruins will also face three games in four nights, when they host their first divisional foe of the season on January 31, squaring off against the Buffalo Sabres at the TD Garden at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Black & Gold were 11-6-2 in the first games, 9-7-3 in the second and 9-10-0 in game threes of these situations last season.

BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will call all three games next week on NESN. The tandem of Dave Goucher and Bob Beers will handle all radio duties on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Start times for the upcoming games are as follows:

1/28 at Carolina Hurricanes, 7:00 p.m. ET - NESN

1/29 vs. New Jersey Devils, 7:00 p.m. ET - NESN

1/31 vs. Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 p.m. ET – NESN

THIRD JERSEY SCHEDULE: The Bruins will suit up in their third jerseys for six more games this season at the TD Garden – all against different opponents – after most recently wearing them in a 3-2 shootout win over Winnipeg on January 21. The games are listed below.

1/29 vs. New Jersey

2/12 vs. New York Rangers

3/2 vs. Tampa Bay

3/16 vs. Washington

4/8 vs. Carolina

4/19 vs. Pittsburgh

132 AND COUNTING: Following Friday’s home game at the TD Garden, the Bruins have sold out their last 132 home games, including regular season and playoffs. This sellout streak began more than three years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).

BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK (TOTW)...

The Boston media “Tweet of the Week” is back in 2012-13, and while the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa (@GlobeFluto) took Week 1, it was this tweet from Week 2 that made an imprint on us….

@DJ_Bean: Bruins announce reminder to media that they now have DVR should we want it to review goals. Heard DDR. Got up to take them up on it. Damn.

Here are this week’s honorable mentions, in no particular order:

@DanCagen: It was Hamilton's 1st trip to NYC. Asked him what he thought. "It's a city." #Bruins
@GlobeFluto: Fingers sore day after Game 1. Should have blogged overseas during lockout.

2012-13 BOSTON MEDIA TWEET OF THE WEEK LEADERBOARD

@GlobeFluto (Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe), Week 1
@DJ_Bean (DJ Bean, WEEI.com), Week 2

LAST BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Thursday, January 17
NEXT BRUINS PROSPECT REPORT SENT OUT: Monday, February 4

PREVIOUS PROSPECT REPORT SUMMARY: The Bruins Communications Staff sent out their seventh edition of the Boston Bruins Prospect Report on January 17. It can be viewed online at BostonBruins.com and on the Bruins Media Website. In addition to notes and statistics on all players in the Bruins system, the report features insight from Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney on both defenseman Dougie Hamilton and right wing Alexander Fallstrom. The development of both prospects is spotlighted in written features, as well as in the accompanying Prospect Report video found on BostonBruinsTV.com.

OFF THE ICE…

PATRICE’S PALS: As a part of his continuing charitable initiative Patrice’s Pals, Bruins alternate captain Patrice Bergeron invites children from local hospitals and other organizations to experience a Bruins home game from his luxury suite. Children and their families receive goodie bags filled with Bruins memorabilia, a visit from the Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls, as well as a feature on the Garden HDX. After the game, Patrice’s Pals are escorted to ice level and introduced to Patrice himself who signs autographs and takes pictures with his Pals. This will take place at all Boston Bruins home games during the 2012-13 season. Bergeron’s guests for the first two homes games of the season were Matt Brown on January 19, and MassGeneral Hospital for Children on January 21.

SAVVY’S SUITE: Boston Bruins Forward Marc Savard has partnered with the Brain Injury Center at Children’s Hospital Boston, inviting children who suffer from the effects of Brain Trauma, both physically and psychologically, to attend a Bruins home game in his luxury suite. Children and their families receive goodie bags with Bruins memorabilia and a visit from Bruins Mascot Blades and Bruins Ice Girls. Savard started the program on Thursday, January 12, 2012, and it will continue through the end of the 2013-14 Bruins season.

COMMUNITY TICKET PROGRAM: For the entirety of the Boston Bruins 2012-13 regular season, Bruins Principal and Alternate Governor Charlie Jacobs is donating ten balcony tickets to every home game to children from charitable organizations across New England, who are invited to enjoy a Bruins home game from these donated seats. Most recently on January 25, Jacobs hosted children fro Boston Centers for Youth and Families.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE AND MEDIA AVAILABILITY...

-(Ristuccia Arena, 190 Main Street, Wilmington, MA 01887) (TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 02114)
-Schedule is subject to change. Please check the Bruins Media Website for the latest updates
-All times are local
-Practices at the TD Garden are closed to the public. Practices at Ristuccia Arena are open to the public.

Saturday, January 26 (Boston, MA)
-Scheduled home day off

Sunday, January 27 (Boston, MA/Raleigh, NC)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 11:00 a.m.
-Travel to Raleigh, NC

Monday, January 28 (Raleigh, NC/Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Carolina Hurricanes, RBC Center, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Tuesday, January 29 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. New Jersey Devils, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Wednesday, January 30 (Wilmington, MA)
-Practice at Ristuccia Arena, 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 31 (Boston, MA)
-Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres, TD Garden, 7:00 p.m.
-Game Broadcast Info: LOCAL TV: NESN (HD) RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Friday, February 1 - TBD

BRUINS STATISTICAL LEADERS

(as of Saturday, January 26)

Goals

T1. B. Marchand, 2

T1. M. Lucic, 2

Note: Seven Bruins have one goal: Z. Chara, S. Thornton, G. Campbell, J. Boychuk, D. Paille, N. Horton, P. Bergeron

Assists

T1. D. Krejci, 3

T1. D. Hamilton, 3

2. G. Campbell, 2

Note: Ten Bruins have one assist on the season.

Points

T1. Five Bruins have three points:

G. Campbell (1-2)

D. Krejci (0-3)

B. Marchand (2-1)

M. Lucic (2-1)

D. Hamilton (0-3)

Plus/Minus

1. T. Seguin, +4

T2. D. Krejci, +3

T2. B. Marchand, +3

Note: Five Bruins are a plus-2: M. Lucic, Z. Chara, N. Horton, P. Bergeron, D. Seidenberg

Penalty Minutes

1. M. Lucic, 17

2. S. Thornton, 17

3. A. McQuaid, 11

4. Z. Chara, 10

5. G. Campbell, 5

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