Thomas Vs. Enroth for Sabres matchup

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Thomas Vs. Enroth for Sabres matchup

BOSTON -- Max Sauve has been returned to the Providence Bruins and wasnt a part of the pregame warm-up for the Bs and Sabres at TD Garden. Itll be Tim Thomas appearing in his seventh straight game and Jhonas Enroth snapping a streak of 21 straight game played for the Bs and Sabres respectively. Thomas is 10-9-4 with a 3.14 GAA and .897 save percentage in 26 career games against the Sabres while Enroth is 0-2-1 with a 4.79 GAA and .871 save percentage against the Bruins.

Its the same lineup for the Bruins that they featured against both the Rangers and Maple Leafs in a pair of encouraging efforts, and theyll need the same energy and fight against a Buffalo team clinging to playoff hopes just two points out of the No. 8 position in the Eastern Conference.

Here is the projected lineup for the Bruins:

Lucic-Krejci-Seguin
Marchand-Bergeron-Rolston
Pouliot-Kelly-Caron
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Boychuk-Chara
Seidenberg-Ference
Mottau-McQuaid

Thomas
Turco

McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff

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McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff

BOSTON -- If you think John Farrell's decision to hit Jackie Bradley Jr. leadoff for one night is the reason Bradley's 29-game hit streak came to an end, I've got some swamp land you might be interested in buying.

Such silly talk first surfaced mid-afternoon when the lineup was announced. With Mookie Betts getting his first day off this season, somebody had to hit leadoff. Farrell went with the guy who was leading the league in hitting.

That sounds reasonable. But not to some, who cried that putting Bradley at the top was (take your pick) disrupting Bradley's routine, putting him in a place with which he wasn't familiar, or asking him to change his approach.

Of course, none of those made much sense.

First of all, Thursday night marked the sixth (SIXTH!) different spot that Bradley has hit during the hitting streak. He had hit second, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. So the notion that any change was disruptive was absurd.

As for the notion that Bradley would treat his at-bats differently because he was leading off? Also wrong. Bradley's major adjustment since spring training has been being aggressive early in the count. So, do you know how many pitches Bradley saw in four at-bats as the leadoff hitter? Eight.

Does that sound like someone who was being forced to be more patient for the night, or someone changing their approach by working the count more?

Finally, Bradley hit two balls on the screws -- one to the warning track in right, just in front of the bullpen in his first at-bat and another in front of the center field door, some 400 or so feet away, in his third.

Streaks come to an end, even when hitters belt the ball hard. Twice.