SAN JOSE, Calif. The Bruins have fallen into a groove over the last two games, so theres no reason to mess with success. Tim Thomas will be playing in his 14th straight game and endeavoring for his third straight win while Antti Niemi will be playing in his 13th straight game for San Jose.
Joe Corvo will also be a healthy scratch for the third straight game as the Bruins have tightened things up defensively with No. 14 watching from the press box. The Bruins have allowed only two goals and averaged only 21 shots allowed per game in the two games without Corvo among the defenseman corps.
The lineup should be exactly the same as the two victories over the Flyers and Maple Leafs. Here is the projected lineup:
Friday's practice participation/injury report for Monday night's Patriots-Ravens game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
DB Jordan Richards (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (hamstring)
DB Eric Rowe (hamstring)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Crockett Gilmore (thigh)
LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related)
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh)
C Jeremy Zuttah (not injury related)
G Alex Lewis (ankle)
G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.