Law, Brown: Patriots energy underwhelming

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Law, Brown: Patriots energy underwhelming

The Patriots beat the Jaguars on Sunday, but it wasn't in the way people thought it would be. Jacksonville marched down for a touchdown on its opening possession, and New England looked shell shocked.

Eventually, the Patriots woke up just enough to overcome the early deficit and eek out a win, 23-16.

"They'll take it," Ty Law said on CSNNE's Postgame Live. "We were all wrong. We thought it would be no game, a blowout, so big ups to Jacksonville for coming out, they played a good game, but they didn't take advantage of the lack of energy the Patriots played with. They could have took this game and actually won the football game, so the Patriots stayed in there, they hung in there and won the football game. That's all you can say."

Troy Brown echoed what Law said, joking that the team bus wasn't full upon arrival to the stadium.

"The Patriots definitely had a few guys who missed the bus today," Brown said. "They didn't all show up to play on time."

"I expected to see a little bit more energy from them, Ty, being that this was an important game and they still have a chance to greet a bye, especially now with I think Houston still on the ropes, they are playing for something."

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Rask skates, expected to play tonight vs. Red Wings

Rask skates, expected to play tonight vs. Red Wings

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins held an optional morning skate on Tuesday morning at Warrior Ice Arena with little more than a handful of B’s players skating, but the most important player to Boston success, Tuukka Rask, was taking part after missing practice on Monday.

Rask missed Monday’s practice session while getting checked out medically following his exit from Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh due to vision issues. He said on Tuesday that it was all related to migraines that have cropped up a couple of times in his NHL career. The Bruins No. 1 netminder also said he was good to play on Tuesday night against the Red Wings with just a couple of home games left until this weekend’s All-Star break.

That was the kind of good news embattled coach Claude Julien was looking for as Boston looks to end its season-worst, four-game losing streak.

“We’ve got good news so far, so that’s nice to see,” Julien said of Rask, who has started 13 of Boston’s past 14 games dating to a Dec. 27 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. “Obviously it was because of the migraines, so hopefully we won’t see much more of that.”

In other Black and Gold health news, both Colin Miller and Kevan Miller have been cleared to play, and are expected to rejoin the B’s lineup with John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow headed for healthy scratches. Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings as the Red Wings arrive for a divisional tilt after a shootout loss for Boston last week at Joe Louis Arena:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Vatrano-Krejci-Backes

Schaller-Nash-Beleskey

Spooner-Moore-Hayes

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

K. Miller-C. Miller


Rask