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Bruins to play in 17 games on national TV in 2012-13

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Bruins to play in 17 games on national TV in 2012-13

The Bruins, as usual, will enjoy plenty of national TV exposure in the United States should the NHL season get started on time. The Black and Gold will have 17 games broadcast nationally in the US on NBC and the NBC Sports Network. Thirteen of those games will be exclusive, while the other four Bs games will also be televised locally on NESN.The Bruins, Penguins and Red Wings were tied for the most possible national appearances on the NBC Network family with the 17 possible games to be televised.

The biggest national game for the Bruins during the season will be the Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Showdown, a traditional Friday afternoon game on the day after Thanksgiving hosted in Boston. The Bs will take on the New York Rangers at 1 pm on Black Friday, and also have a Feb. 17 Saturday afternoon matinee against the Chicago Blackhawks penciled into the schedule. Three Bs games are also flex games on the schedule.

In addition the Bruins have their Oct. 11 Opening Night tilt against the Philadelphia Flyers on NBCSN. Ten other games and a Flex game against the Flyers on March 31 will also be on NBCSN.

Heres the full TV schedule for the Bruins with the caveat that many of the games could be cancelled by the looming NHL lockout if the league and players association cant come to a CBA agreement by Sept. 15:

Bruins Games Broadcast on NBC Sports Network (all times Eastern):
Thursday, October 11 at Philadelphia, 7:00 PM
Tuesday, November 27 vs. New Jersey, 7:00 PM (non-exclusive)
Monday, December 10 at Detroit, 7:30 PM (non-exclusive)
Wednesday, January 9 at Buffalo, 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 13 at New York Rangers, 7:30 PM
Tuesday, January 29 vs. St. Louis, 7:00 PM
Monday, February 4 at Colorado, 9:00 PM
Wednesday, February 6 vs. Buffalo, 7:30 PM
Monday, March 4 vs. Montreal, 7:30 PM (non-exclusive)
Wednesday, March 27 vs. Montreal, 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 10 at New Jersey, 7:30 PM

Bruins Flex Game on NBC Sports Network (Eastern Time):
Sunday, March 31 at Philadelphia, 7:30 PM

Bruins Games Broadcast on NBC (all times Eastern):
Friday, November 23 vs. New York Rangers, 1:00 PM
Sunday, February 17 at Chicago, 3:30 PM

Bruins Flex Games on NBC (all times Eastern):
Sunday, March 10 at Washington, 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 17 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 13 at Buffalo, 7:30 PM (non-exclusive)

BRUINS 2012-13 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES ARE LOCAL)
OCTOBER
Thu. Oct. 11 At Philadelphia 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network)
Sat. Oct. 13 At New Jersey 7:00 PM
Tue. Oct. 16 At Montreal 7:30 PM (TSN, RDS)
Thu. Oct. 18 Montreal 7:00 PM (RDS)
Sat. Oct. 20 Dallas 7:00 PM
Tue. Oct. 23 Carolina 7:00 PM
Thu. Oct. 25 Anaheim 7:00 PM
Sat. Oct. 27 N.Y. Islanders 7:00 PM
Tue. Oct. 30 Buffalo 7:00 PM

NOVEMBER
Thu. Nov. 01 At Toronto 7:00 PM (CBC, NHL Network)
Fri. Nov. 02 At Washington 7:00 PM
Tue. Nov. 06 Minnesota 7:00 PM
Thu. Nov. 08 At Tampa Bay 7:30 PM
Sat. Nov. 10 At Florida 7:30 PM
Wed. Nov. 14 At Ottawa 7:00 PM (TSN)
Thu. Nov. 15 Colorado 7:00 PM
Sat. Nov. 17 Winnipeg 7:00 PM (CBC)
Wed. Nov. 21 At N.Y. Islanders 7:00 PM
Fri. Nov. 23 N.Y. Rangers 1:00 PM (NBC, TSN)
Sat. Nov. 24 Pittsburgh 7:00 PM (NHL Network)
Tue. Nov. 27 New Jersey 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network non-exclusive, TSN2)
Thu. Nov. 29 Carolina 7:00 PM

DECEMBER
Sat. Dec. 01 Buffalo 7:00 PM (NHL Network)
Mon. Dec. 03 Phoenix 7:00 PM
Wed. Dec. 05 At Winnipeg 7:00 PM (TSN)
Sat. Dec. 08 At Toronto 7:00 PM (CBC, NHL Network)
Mon. Dec. 10 At Detroit 7:30 PM (NBC Sports Network non-exclusive, TSN2)
Tue. Dec. 11 Tampa Bay 7:00 PM
Thu. Dec. 13 Pittsburgh 7:00 PM (NHL Network)
Sat. Dec. 15 Florida 7:00 PM
Mon. Dec. 17 Los Angeles 7:00 PM
Thu. Dec. 20 Winnipeg 7:00 PM
Sat. Dec. 22 Washington 1:00 PM (NHL Network)
Wed. Dec. 26 Ottawa 7:00 PM (TSN)
Sat. Dec 29 At Vancouver 7:00 PM (CBC)
Mon. Dec. 31 At Calgary 7:00 PM

JANUARY
Wed. Jan. 02 At Edmonton 8:00 PM
Sat. Jan. 05 Ottawa 1:00 PM
Tue. Jan. 08 At Ottawa 7:30 PM
Wed. Jan. 09 At Buffalo 7:30 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN2)
Sat. Jan. 12 Chicago 1:00 PM (NHL Network)
Sun. Jan. 13 At N.Y. Rangers 7:30 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN2)
Tue. Jan. 15 New Jersey 7:00 PM
Thu. Jan. 17 At Ottawa 7:30 PM
Sat. Jan. 19 At Montreal 7:00 PM (CBC, RDS, NHL Network)
Mon. Jan. 21 Toronto 1:00 PM
Tue. Jan. 22 At N.Y. Rangers 7:00 PM
Tue. Jan. 29 St. Louis 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN)
Thu. Jan. 31 At San Jose 7:30 PM

FEBRUARY
Sat. Feb. 02 At Phoenix 6:00 PM
Mon. Feb. 04 At Colorado 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN2)
Wed. Feb. 06 Buffalo 7:30 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN2)
Fri. Feb. 08 At Buffalo 7:00 PM
Sat. Feb. 09 N.Y. Rangers 7:00 PM (NHL Network)
Tue. Feb. 12 Toronto 7:00 PM
Fri. Feb. 15 At Carolina 7:00 PM
Sun. Feb. 17 At Chicago 6:30 PM (NBC, TSN2)
Mon. Feb. 18 At Nashville 5:00 PM
Thu. Feb. 21 At Tampa Bay 7:30 PM (NHL Network)
Sun. Feb. 24 At Florida 6:00 PM
Tue. Feb. 26 At Carolina 7:00 PM
Thu. Feb 28 At Montreal 7:30 PM (RDS)

MARCH
Sat. Mar. 02 Tampa Bay 1:00 PM
Mon. Mar. 04 Montreal 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network non-exclusive, TSN, RDS)
Tue. Mar. 05 At N.Y. Islanders 7:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 09 Philadelphia 1:00 PM (NHL Network)
Sun. Mar. 10 At Washington 7:30 PM (NBCNBC Sports Network Flex, TSN2)
Thu. Mar. 14 Florida 7:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 16 Washington 1:00 PM (NHL Network)
Sun. Mar. 17 At Pittsburgh 7:30 PM (NBCNBC Sports Network Flex)
Tue. Mar. 19 At Winnipeg 7:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 23 At Toronto 7:00 PM (CBC, NHL Network)
Mon. Mar. 25 Toronto 7:00 PM (TSN)
Wed. Mar. 27 Montreal 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS)
Sat. Mar. 30 Philadelphia 1:00 PM (NHL Network)
Sun. Mar. 31 At Philadelphia 7:30 PM (NBC Sports NetworkNBC Flex)

APRIL
Tue. Apr. 02 Ottawa 7:00 PM
Thu. Apr. 04 Columbus 7:00 PM
Fri. Apr. 05 At Pittsburgh 7:00 PM (NHL Network)
Wed. Apr. 10 At New Jersey 7:30 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN2)
Thu. Apr. 11 N.Y. Islanders 7:00 PM
Sat. Apr. 13 At Buffalo 7:30 PM (NBCNBC Sports Network Flex non-exclusive)

Heinen beginning to look like a keeper for Bruins

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Heinen beginning to look like a keeper for Bruins

BRIGHTON, Mass – While it’s still early in the careers of all the young Bruins rookies making their way this season, it sure looks like 22-year-old Danton Heinen is among the B’s youngsters that are here to stay. The former University of Denver standout didn’t make the cut at the end of training camp this season and he failed early last year when it was clear he wasn’t ready during an eight-game audition with the big club.

But Heinen continued to look ready while scoring a pair of goals and three points in the three games on a pivotal road trip through California last week, and is now tied for fifth on the Bruins in points despite missing four games in the AHL. In all, Heinen has four goals and 10 points along with a plus-4 rating in 15 games this season, and is on pace for a really strong 21 goals and 52 points in his first full year.

This has been a really nice step forward for Heinen after being a point-per-game player for Providence during their playoff run last spring.

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“Last year’s playoff did a lot for him. When I saw him playing there, he was a different player than when he’d left [Boston],” said Bruce Cassidy. “There was a willingness to stay in the battle and his growth when it comes to winning pucks…you’ve seen it here. A lot of the things he’s down well are his second and third efforts on the puck where last year I thought he was pushed off the puck pretty easily [at the NHL level].”

There could be a period when his offense slows down or some other part of his game drags his minutes down, but right now he looks like he’s well on his way to establishing himself in a key role with the Black and Gold. The difference has been Heinen increasing his speed and also adding a little more tenacity to the skill and offense package that he was always bringing to the table.  

“I don’t want to say that because when we get our guys healthy then we’ll see where we’re at,” said Bruce Cassidy, when asked if Heinen was a keeper at the NHL level at this point. “But I think he’s certainly shown he’s a much more consistent player than he was last year. He’s probably a bit ahead of the other younger guys because he has gone through a bit of it [at the pro level]. The fact that he’s been able to play in a lot of different situations, play left or right wing, and moved up in the lineup while being very effective with [Sean] Kuraly and [Tim] Schaller down in the lineup, as a coach it’s to have a guy like that who can move around and fit in a lot of different places.

“So he’s certainly helped himself [to stay in the NHL]. I think it’s too early to say if he’s here for good, but I don’t envision him leaving [Boston] anytime soon with the way that he’s played.”

Only time and consistently good play will allow the playmaking Heinen to truly lock up his spot on the NHL roster, but it’s increasingly difficult to envision any scenario where the fifth-round pick isn’t playing an increasingly important role for the Bruins. 

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Bruins' Backes returns to ice after surgery for diverticulitis

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Bruins' Backes returns to ice after surgery for diverticulitis

BRIGHTON -- In a development that was certainly much sooner than originally anticipated, David Backes has returned to the ice just a matter of weeks after having 10 inches of colon removed during surgery for diverticulitis. It remains to be seen how gradual a process it will be for the 33-year-old to actually return to game action given his original timetable for recovery was eight weeks following the early November procedure, but it seems like it might end up being ahead of the two months Backes was initially expected to be sidelined. 

For his part, Backes was happy to be back skating with his teammates and pushing his recovering body after feeling pretty sluggish for the first few days following surgery. He confirmed he’d been skating for a couple of days while the team was on the West Coast, but Monday was his first team doing anything post-surgery with the rest of the team. 

“It’s good to be back with the guys and to be around the room, and to have seen the kind of resiliency that these guys showed on the road trip. The back half of the road trip was impressive,” said Backes, who has an assist in five games with the Bruins before succumbing to the surgery. “To be on the ice and moving around after sitting around doing nothing for too long where you don’t think you’re going to see the light at the end of the tunnel, it feels good. 

“The doc’s advice is that if it doesn’t hurt then I can keep moving forward and add more of a workload on, so that’s the update for today. It’s still non-contact, but we’ll keep moving along and hopefully I’ll be back doing what I love to do on a regular basis. I haven’t been notified that the timeline has changed at all, so I’m just going to keep putting in the work. The more I seem to do the work the better it is, and I seem to be able to do a little more each day. So those are all positive signs.”

For the Bruins it’s clearly a morale booster to see the big power forward back doing regular hockey activities, and serving notice that he’ll be bringing his size, strength, leadership and physicality back to a B’s team that definitely needs him. Clearly the return of another high-end forward would also immensely help a Bruins team that’s still very undermanned up front, but it would appear there will be some other B’s forwards getting back prior to Backes. 

Brad Marchand and Ryan Spooner appear poised to return to full practice on Tuesday with a possible return to the lineup not too far beyond that after all three injured forwards took part in Monday’s optional skate at Warrior Ice Arena. 

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