Morning Skate: Friday, January 27

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Morning Skate: Friday, January 27

The top 10 rental defenseman available at the deadline for NHL buyers with the trade deadline coming up. Tim Gleason will be the guy for the Bs if they make a big deal at the deadline.

Brian Burke spoke to a group about a number of topics, and admits that sometimes he needs to be ruthless in his position something he compared to Steve Jobs from his biography.

Canada is a juggernaut in its home country, but hasnt exactly cornered the market in winning NHL hockey teams this season.

The Boston Herald speaks with former Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward about his reactions to the Tim ThomasWhite House flap, and the current TV analyst confirms that Thomas was never a problem with his teammates.

The NHL All-Star draft reminds Chicago how much they miss Brian Campbell now that hes in Florida.

A few thoughts from Bruce Garrioch about the upcoming NHL trade deadline, including the incredibly high price that Carolina is asking for defenseman Tim Gleason.

The Globe and Mails James Mirtle with a good piece on the win-loss records NHL teams must put together after the All-Star break to qualify for the playoffs. According to Mirtle, the Bs will need to go 14-20-1 to qualify.

Katie Baker from Grantland.com wraps up the week that was with Tim Thomas, the White House and the wonder of Pavel Datsyuk.

For something completely different: a high school teacher discusses what its really like when MTV takes over a high school for a Made episode.

WATCH: Celtics vs. Sixers

WATCH: Celtics vs. Sixers

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Celtics-Sixers preview: Road has been kind to C's lately

Celtics-Sixers preview: Road has been kind to C's lately

BOSTON – For most teams in the NBA, road games are a necessary evil. 
 
Not for the Celtics. At least, not lately.
 
The Green Team hits the road for its next three games, and that has been a good thing – a real good thing – lately. 
 
Boston (11-8) has won its last four road games, the kind of success that breeds a heightened level of confidence heading into this current trip which begins tonight at Philadelphia. 
 
And it only helps that they hit the road coming off a 97-92 win over Sacramento on Friday. 
 
“We have to carry that momentum with us,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “You know how...anytime in this league, the momentum, you have to stay with it. We’ve been having success away from home. It was big for us to get this win (over the Kings) to start the road trip off.”
 
A big part of Friday’s victory was the play of Al Horford who finished with 26 points, eight rebounds, and six blocked shots. The points and rebounds for Horford were both season-highs.
 
Horford’s breakout performance came on the heels of a 121-114 loss to Detroit, a game in which Boston’s $113 million man (Horford) only took five shots.
 
“Coach [Brad Stevens] didn’t say anything about going to him just specifically,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “We just found him and made the right play and when he got it he was very aggressive.” 
 
Part of Horford’s success was that he was in more of an attacking mentality. But he also benefited from a Kings defense that didn’t double-team him nearly as much as the Pistons did. 
 
“I got a lot of early looks in the game and like I said [following the Pistons loss] I think the Pistons did a good job defending and doubling and forcing me to pass the ball. [Friday night] I had more opportunities to be aggressive.”
 
Facing a Sixers team that ranks among the NBA’s worst in several defensive categories, Horford and the rest of his Celtics teammates should have ample opportunities to make plays offensively. 
 
And in doing so, they will be able to add on to what has been an already impressive stretch of play this season away from home.
 
“I think it will be good,” Horford said. “[Tonight] it’s a Philly team that plays hard and we just want to keep building on [Friday night’s win over Sacramento] and just try to be better.”