BUFFALO Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice just steps ahead of Tim Thomas at the conclusion of morning skate at the First Niagara Center, meaning the Finnish understudy will get the start against the Buffalo Sabres.
Rask enters Wednesday nights game against the Sabres riding three straight losses for the first time since opening the season with three straight losses in October.
Rask is still 7-2-1 in his last seven starts, however, and will be backstopping a Bruins team against a Sabres unit thats won three of their last four games while digging out of the Northeast Division basement. Buffalo is 11 points behind Ottawa for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot to begin the day, and has the classic backs against the wall mentality going for them.
You want to build some consistency, said Claude Julien. You dont want to play .500 hockey but you also have to respect the fact that every other team is battling to stay in the playoffs or battling to get into a playoff spot.Were in a part of the season where every team out of it still has a little bit of hope, and theyre going to push as hard as they can until the team pulls the plug. We expect team from here on in until the trade deadline, at the very least, to be very hard to play against.
Here is the rest of the projected lineup that should be the same as Sunday afternoon against the Washington Capitals:
The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)
TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)
RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)
WALTHAM, Mass. – The right Achilles’ strain that has kept Avery Bradley out of five of the Celtics’ past six games, will continue to keep the 6-foot-2 guard sidelined.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Bradley will not play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Stevens added that no additional tests have been taken and the Achilles’ itself is structurally fine.
“He’s got a lot of soreness around it, and that’s one of those things you have to be ultra-careful with,” said Stevens, who later added that Bradley would not practice with the team today. “When he [Bradley] came back, he said he felt a lot better, and then he played and the next day he practiced. We didn’t do anything live but he did a lot of cutting and did not feel near as good. That’s why he didn’t play Wednesday.”
The absence of Bradley was clearly felt in a 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, a game in which Knicks guard Derrick Rose – the man Bradley would have likely spent defending most of the game – scored 30 points.
This season, all-NBA first team defender is the Celtics’ No. 2 scorer at 17 points per game along with averaging a team-best 6.9 rebounds.
In addition, Bradley is shooting a career-best 40.9 percent from 3-point range, as well as dishing out 2.4 assists per game, which also represents a career-high for the 26-year-old.