BUFFALO Tuukka Rask leads the Bruins out onto the ice and will get the start for Boston after getting yanked from his last game here at the First Niagara Center after giving up three goals on 10 shots. Ryan Miller gets the nod for a Buffalo Sabres team thats begun to turn things around here in February, but stands seven points out of a playoff spot with five teams ahead of them.
Shawn Thornton was taking regular turns with the Bs fourth line and it appears hell again overcome any lasting effects of the flu to play. Here are the projected lines for tonights game:
For the sixth season in a row, the Patriots will conduct joint practices with an opponent ahead of playing a preseason game. The team announced they'll work out with the Jacksonville Jaguars Aug. 7-8 at Gillette Stadium before playing the Jags in the preseason opener Aug. 10.
The practices will be free and open to the public and will be held on the practice fields behind the Stadium.
The Patriots had joint practices with the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears last summer and previously had them with the Saints in 2015, the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles in 2014, the Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013 and the Saints and Bucs in 2012.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick has talked about the value of these joint practices, has found it a good way to scout players they might eventually have an interest in and has reportedly been discussing conducting them with another preseason opponent, the Texans (Aug. 19 at Houston), coached by former Patriots assistant Bill O'Brien.