Sharks host Bruins on Saturday

The Providence Bruins are coming to town
By Matt Metcalf

You may not be able to watch the Boston Bruins due to the NHL lockout, but you can still watch Bruins hockey in the area. The Bruins will travel to Worcester on Saturday for a 7pm start, in their first of six meetings against the Sharks at the DCU Center this season. The baby B’s currently sit in fifth in the Atlantic Division and tenth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 9-8-0-2, accumulating 20 points so far this season. Providence has grabbed two of a possible six points from the Sharks this season, falling once in regulation and twice in a shootout.

Chris Bourque, the son of Ray Bourque, leads the Bruins in points with 14 through the team’s first 19 games. Bourque is an established point producer in this league, leading the AHL with 93 points as a member of the Hershey Bears last season. One of the Bruins top prospects, Ryan Spooner, is second on the team in scoring, compiling five goals and eight assists for 13 points in the early stages of the season. Forward Jamie Tardif leads the team in goals with ten. Niklas Svedberg has been a bright spot in goal for the Bruins, posting an 8-4-1 record with a 2.39 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.

Well-known tough guy Bobby Robins tops the Bruins in penalty minutes, totaling 89, which is good for first in the Atlantic Division and third in the entire AHL. Lane MacDermid is second on the team with 43 penalty minutes and is a willing participant to drop the gloves, registering five fighting majors this season. Veteran defenseman Garnet Exelby leads the team in plus-minus with a +4 rating. Rookies Alden Hirschfield and Tommy Cross have also recorded a +4 in limited action this season.

The Providence Bruins have six Boston draft picks on their roster; Michael Hutchinson (#77-2008 draft), Jordan Caron (#25-2009 draft), Ryan Button (#86-2009 Draft), Jared Knight (#32-2010 draft), Ryan Spooner (#45-2010 draft), and Zach Trotman (#210-2010 draft).

Additionally, the Bruins have six former college players who played in the state of Massachusetts; David Warsofsky (Boston University), Justin Courtnall (Boston University), Chris Bourque (Boston University), Colby Cohen (Boston University), Tommy Cross (Boston College), and Bobby Robins (UMass Lowell).

In addition to this Saturday, the other five dates that the Sharks host the Bruins includes; 12/29, 1/26, 2/2, 3/9, and 3/23. All of these games at the DCU Center are slated for a 7pm start.

Don’t miss your chance to catch some Bruins hockey this season. The first 3,000 fans to arrive at the game Saturday night will receive a bobble head doll of Sharks defenseman Matt Irwin. To contact the Sharks regarding tickets for this game, call the front office at 508-929-0500.

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