Ray Allen to miss two games


Ray Allen to miss two games

NEWARK, N.J. The swelling in Ray Allen's right ankle remains an issue, and will keep the veteran out of the Celtics lineup for at least the next two games.

"He was checked out today and tried to do some things," said C's coach Doc Rivers. "He's scratched for sure tomorrow (against Charlotte) and 5050 now for the New York game. We're hoping that he'll be back for that, but we don't know yet."

Rivers has maintained that the C's medical staff has maintained that Allen's ankle problems are not considered a serious injury.
"They're just trying to get the swelling down," Rivers said. "If it were a playoff game, would he play? Probably yes. But we feel like if we can get all the swelling out, it will not return. So we're going to try and take that approach."

Allen has missed a total of 13 games this season for the Celtics, with the C's racking up an 11-2 record.

Acciari nearing a return for Bruins after missing a month


Acciari nearing a return for Bruins after missing a month

BRIGHTON, Mass. – He hasn’t been cleared to play just yet, but fourth line energy guy Noel Acciari is closing in on a return to the Bruins lineup. 

Acciari joined in for a Bruins morning skate for the first time in 14 games at the end of last week, and practiced with the team again Monday for a morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena. The 25-year-old has missed almost exactly a month with a lower body injury, and said he can thankfully now see the light at the end of the injury tunnel for a healthy return to the B’s lineup. 

“It was getting lonely with all the guys on the road, and with me just skating with Frankie [Vatrano] and Zee [Chara],” said Acciari. “It’s great to be back out there with the guys, and it’s good to be back. Each skate I feel a lot better out there and just trying to get my conditioning back. Just being back with the guys is a great feeling, and it’s a big help.”

The fourth line has been okay in Acciari’s absence, but it seemed to be lacking the same kind of energy and hard edge the Providence College standout provided when he was healthy. That was part of what led the B’s to call up the similarly rugged Anton Blidh from Providence at the end of last week, and could provide some interesting energy line options when Acciari is ready to return. 

“I’ve played with [Blidh] before, I’m used to him and I know what he brings to the table just like he knows what I can do,” said Acciari. “So it would work out well [if we played together] I think.”

Acciari has two assists and a plus-1 rating along with four penalty minutes while averaging 10:01 of ice time in 12 games this season, and proved to be very good at unnerving opponents simply by playing all-out all the time.