THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD MARCH 2 – MARCH 9
MATT BROWN TO DROP CEREMONIAL PUCK: Norwood, MA native Matt Brown will drop the ceremonial first puck before the Bruins/Islanders game on Saturday, where he will debut his new state-of-the-art wheelchair. Through the funds raised at the Matt Brown Gala hosted by the Boston Bruins Foundation and the TD Garden, Matt recently received his new wheelchair, which will allow him mobility while in the upright position. Matt was paralyzed two years ago while playing in a high school hockey game.
INJURY UPDATE: After Friday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien addressed the team’s recent injuries:
Andrew Ference (lower-body): “Day-to-day is all I’ve been told by my trainers… they just feel it’s a day-to-day situation. I’m not going to rule him out for [Saturday] but won’t know if he’ll be going also.”
Johnny Boychuk (mild concussion): “He’s had some good skates lately, so I guess right now it’s just waiting to hear from our doctors – whether he’s cleared all those protocols he has to go through and if he doesn’t, we’ll be ready to put him back in at some point. I can’t say more than today, what I’m told, it’s day-to-day. How is he doing today? He’s better, but we’ll see how he is tomorrow.”
Rich Peverley (MCL sprain): “As far as I know, yeah,” Julien said when asked if Peverley is on track to return in 4-6 weeks. “It’s 4-6 weeks, so there’s a little bit of leverage there.”
UPCOMING GAMES: After returning from a six-game road trip on February 25, the Bruins are currently in the midst of a three-game homestand. They will wrap up the games at the Garden this Saturday, March 3 when they take on the New York Islanders. Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau will face their former team after being acquired in a trade with the Islanders on the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday, February 27.
Following Saturday’s game, the Bruins will leave on a short two-game road trip, stopping in New York and Toronto before returning home for two additional games.
On Sunday, the Bruins hope to close the gap in the Eastern Conference, currently held by the Rangers with 88 points. The Bruins trail by nine points, coming in at the top of the Northeast Division with 79 total points. The game will be broadcasted on NBC and is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. ET. To conclude the road trip, the B’s will visit Toronto to meet with former teammate Phil Kessel and the Maple Leafs.
After their stint on the road, the Bruins will return home to face Buffalo on Thursday, March 8th and Washington in a Saturday matinee on the 10th. The team will try to avenge their last meeting with Buffalo, a 2-1 shootout loss last Friday, and replicate their last performance against the Capitals, a 4-1 win on Super Bowl Sunday.
Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will call four of five games next week on NESN (NBC has the Sunday game against the Rangers) while 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:
3/3 vs. NYI, 1:00 p.m. ET 3/4 at NYR, 12:30 p.m. ET 3/6 at TOR, 7:00 p.m. ET 3/8 vs. BUF, 7:00 p.m. ET 3/10 vs. WSH, 1:00 p.m. ET
BRUINS/BLUESHIRTS ON NBC: This Sunday, March 4th, the Bruins/Rangers game in New York will be televised on NBC and will start at 12:30 p.m. ET.
116 AND COUNTING: Including the Bruins latest home game the Bruins have now sold out their last 116 home games at the TD Garden, including regular season and playoffs. This sellout streak began more than two 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).
STATS YOU MAY FIND INTERESTING… 1. David Krejci’s hat trick last night was the teaseason (Seguin, Marchand) which matches Boston’s number of Gordie Howe hat tricks (Campbell, Chara, Lucic).
2. The Bruins are one of only two teams with a perfect mark when leading after the second period at 25-0-0 (Washington, 19-0-0)
3. Thursday night’s win over New Jersey was the Bruins’ league-best seventh win when trailing after the second period. The Black & Gold now have a league-high .292 win percentage in that situation
4. Boston’s +35 third period goal differential is better than the overall differential of all but five other teams (Detroit, Vancouver, NY Rangers, Pittsburgh, St. Louis).
SPECIAL THANKS TO BRUINS ERIC TOSI FOR ALL OF GREAT STATS……..