Lucic missing from practice; fan stricken at Wilmington


Lucic missing from practice; fan stricken at Wilmington

WILMINGTON The line combinations are a little different today with Bruins power forward Milan Lucic absent from practice at Ristuccia Arena this morning. Instead, free-agent camp invite Jay Pandolfo is wearing a white practice jersey and skating on the top line at left wing with David Krejci and Nathan Horton.

Pandolfo had been in a line with rookies Ryan Spooner, Lane MacDermid and Jamie Tardif throughout training camp, and perhaps gets to show his worth stepping in as a veteran extra forward when called upon due to injuries or personal reasons.

Lucics wife was expecting their first child this month, so that may be the reason behind his absence. Gregory Campbell had taken Lucics place camped in front of the net on the first unit power play drills as Nathan Horton covered the slot area, Tyler Seguin worked the half-wall and Zdeno Chara and David Krejci manned the points.

A fan was also treated medically and taken off via ambulance at the very start of practice, and it appeared they were administering CPR on the fan in the stands. Bruins players stopped practice while the fan was treated and then left the ice temporarily while the practice observer was taken off on a stretcher. Best wishes to that person, as it was a truly scary situation when a crowd of fans and medical personnel gathered round them to administer emergency treatment.

The rest of the lines and defensemen pairings are the same as theyve been at practice:




Patriots, Lions planning on joint walkthrough before preseason game


Patriots, Lions planning on joint walkthrough before preseason game

FOXBORO -- There seemed to be an announcement made at Bill Belichick's press conference Wednesday morning, his first meeting with reporters during training camp. 

Belichick mentioned during his opening remarks that the team will be working with the Jaguars, Texans and Lions during camp. Joint practices with the Jags and Texans had already been announced. Joint work with the Lions seemed to be news.

Belichick was asked to clarify later that the team would be having three sets of joint practices, and said, "That's right."

The work the Patriots do with the Lions won't be exactly the same as what they do with the Jaguars and Texans, though. The Patriots clarified later that the plan as of now was for the team to have a joint walkthrough with the Lions in Detroit on the day before their Aug. 25 preseason game. 

The Patriots and Jaguars will conduct joint practices at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 7 and 8 before their Aug. 10 game in Foxboro. The Patriots and Texans will practice with one another at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia on Aug. 15 and 16 before their Aug. 19 game in Houston.