Bruins sticking with new lines to start


Bruins sticking with new lines to start

The Bruins are sticking with their wholesale line changes after pregame warm-ups: Brad Marchand skating with the fourth line and Tyler Seguin skating with the third line. Theres also a little greater sprinkling of veteran poise on the top two lines with Daniel Paille and Brian Rolston on the top two forward lines.

Not a coincidence as it was Paille and Rolston that went to the front of the net and risked life and limb to get rebounds and loose pucks around the cage in Game 3 to help spur Bostons offense to four goals.

You never stop thinking. For me to go home and say thats peace of mind in the new lines would be wrong. You have to be prepared for all kinds of scenarios, said Claude Julien. Theres no doubt that shaking lineups is what sometimes gets players attention At the same time it doesnt mean you stick with it. It doesnt mean you dont stick with it. A lot of the play of the individuals and the lines will dictate that.

The Bs coach also said he considered putting Jordan Caron into the lineup, and might have if it was only one player thats struggling. But everybody knows that its much more than that.

Claude Julien said he wrestled with the line changes even as he went to bed on Friday night, and could be in store for more changes on Saturday if he doesnt like what he sees:




Report: Ex-Raiders FB Marcel Reece works out for Patriots


Report: Ex-Raiders FB Marcel Reece works out for Patriots

Fullback Marcel Reece, cut by the Oakland Raiders earlier this week, was one of five players who worked out Friday for the Patriots, ESPN's Mike Reiss reported

Reece, a seven-year NFL veteran, all with the Raiders, was suspended last December for the final game of the 2015 season and the first three games of this season for violating the NFL performance enhancing drug policy. 

Reiss reported that guards Jake Bernstein and Chase Farris, center Robert Kugler and tight end Greg Scruggs also worked out for the Patriots on Friday.

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Acciari returns from lower body injury to Bruins practice


Acciari returns from lower body injury to Bruins practice

BRIGHTON, Mass. – It must have been a relatively minor lower body ailment for fourth-line center candidate Noel Acciari as he returned to the training camp ice for regular practice on Saturday morning at Warrior Ice Arena.

Acciari had hobbled off the ice in the third period of Wednesday night’ s preseason loss to the Red Wings with what appeared to be a right leg injury and the Providence College alum wasn’t on the ice the following day for training camp practice. 

But Acciari tested things out with the young players after Friday’s training camp sessions, and then was back in the mix for the Black and Gold full force on Saturday.

That’s good news for the 24-year-old Acciari, who was his usual hard-hitting and energetic self while centering Justin Hickman and Anton Blidh in the loss to the Red Wings.

“I feel good. Ready to go again,” said Acciari. “I wish we could have done a little more out there. It was my first game back out there for a while, but there’s definitely room for improvement.”

Acciari is referencing playing with the puck, and being a little more offensive-minded, as the areas where he wants to improve this season after not showing much prowess in the offensive zone last season. 

Acciari was a tough customer and unafraid to throw his body at even the biggest and strongest opponents in his blue-collar 19-game stint in Boston last season, but he also managed just a single assist along with a minus-4 rating.

So, that’s someplace where he feels he can show a bit more after posting seven goals and 19 points in a half-season for Providence last year.

“Just coming off last year, I was in a more defensive mentality. Now this year with a couple of games under my belt, I have a little more confidence to produce more offensively like I know that I can,” said Acciari. “I think the defensive part of the game and the checking is more my strong suit, but I know I can contribute offensively. As I get more comfortable around the team, I know I can help out producing points, and stuff like that.”

Staying healthy and showing some offensive “stuff” could help Acciari in his battle for an NHL roster spot out of camp where Riley Nash, Dominic Moore (who was pulled from Friday night's lineup vs. Detroit with a minor physical ailment) and Austin Czarnik among others are vying for potential fourth-line center spots.