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

Patriots sign TE Rob Housler to future contract

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Patriots sign TE Rob Housler to future contract

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have signed free-agent tight end Rob Housler to a future contract. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound target last played for the Bears but was released at the end of training camp.

Housler won't be eligible to participate with the Patriots during the postseason, but he will be available for the offseason program and training camp leading up to the 2017 campaign. 

Housler taken in the third round by the Cardinals with the 69th overall selection in 2011. In 65 career games, he has 109 catches for 1,166 yards and one touchdown. 

The Patriots may have been intrigued by Housler's skill set last summer when he caught one pass for 52 yards -- making two Patriots defenders miss in the process -- during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots and Bears held joint training camp practices in August that would have given Patriots coaches and scouts a closer look at everything Housler has to offer as a player. 

Housler was one of the better athletes at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2011, running a 4.55-second 40-yard dash (fastest among tight ends), posting a 6.9-second three-cone drill, and recording a 37-inch vertical leap.

Bill Belichick and his staff hit big on a future-contract signing two years ago when a running back with a significant injury history was available to scoop up at the behest of then-assistant to the coaching staff Michael Lombardi. Since then, the Patriots still have never lost with Dion Lewis in uniform.