Update: Kelly takes 'maintenance day'


Update: Kelly takes 'maintenance day'

WILMINGTON -- Bruins forward Chris Kelly is the only player missing from Friday's practice at Ristuccia Arena. Head coach Claude Julien termed the absence a "maintenance day."

Zach Hamill has taken Kelly's spot on the third line with Benoit Pouliot and Rich Peverley.

The team's just returned from a four-game road trip and brought back a 2-2 record. Here's what the rest of the lines look like in advance of Saturday's game against the New York Rangers:

Lucic -- Krejci -- Horton
Marchand -- Bergeron -- Seguin
Pouliot -- Hamill -- Peverley
Paille -- Campbell -- Thornton

Chara, Seidenberg, Ference, Corvo, McQuaid, and Boychuk on the blue line.

Thomas -- Rask

Jets lose, Patriots guaranteed 1st place in AFC East when Brady returns


Jets lose, Patriots guaranteed 1st place in AFC East when Brady returns

When Tom Brady returns to the Patriots following his four-game suspension, his team will be in sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

That became the reality as soon as the Jets fell to the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday, 24-3. The Jets committed eight turnovers in the loss to fall to 1-2. 

The Bills and Dolphins each won their first games of the season on Sunday, taking down the Cardinals and Browns, respectively. 

With the Patriots record at 3-0 following their win over the Texans on Thursday night, and with all three of their AFC East rivals sitting on just one win thus far, even if Bill Belichick's club was to fall to Rex Ryan and the Bills in Week 4, it would still be alone atop the division.


Surely the Patriots would like to have a zero in the loss column when Brady returns. Regardless, to be in first place when Brady's Deflategate punishment is finished -- and having achieved that mark with two different starting quarterbacks -- has to be a point of pride for the organization . . . and a source of agita for those who doled out the punishment.