Update: Julien expects Marchand to play vs. Canucks

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Update: Julien expects Marchand to play vs. Canucks

WILMINGTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Friday's practice that he expects forward Brad Marchand to play in Saturday's afternoon game against the Vancouver Canucks at the TD Garden.
Marchand missed Thursday night's game against the Calgary Flames with flu-like symptoms, and while he didn't practice with the rest of the team on Friday morning, he is expected to hit the ice on his own at some point during the day.
"He's feeling better today," said Julien. "We just kept him away from the team because we certainly don't want that to spread around. But he'll probably skate today, but on his own.
"Tomorrow, I don't see him being a question mark, but who knows. Right now, we anticipate him playing."

Rob Gronkowski appears to thoroughly enjoy himself at Daytona 500

Rob Gronkowski appears to thoroughly enjoy himself at Daytona 500

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski attended the Dayton 500 in true Gronkowski form.

He appeared to be there promoting Monster Energy drink, and was therefore hanging with the Monster Girls, who were also promoting the drink. Gronkowski's herniated disc injury, which required surgery in December 2016, does not seem to be slowing him down as he gets warmed up for the Summer of Gronk.

During the race coverage on FOX Sports, Gronk delivered a speed limit joke, which is sure to make the 13-year-old in you chuckle. (You can watch it here.)

[H/T NESN.com]

WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

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WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

Now THIS is old-time hockey!

There's bad blood between the Bruins' David Backes and the Stars' Jamie Benn that goes back a long way, most recently in last spring's Dallas-St. Louis playoff series when Backes was still with the Blues. They met again today -- and the ungodly (hockey) hour of 11:30 a.m. Dallas time -- for a nationally televised game between Backes' new team, the Bruins, and the Stars.

And it didn't take long for the two to renew acquaintances . . .