Bruins forward Brad Marchand will not play Thursday night's game against the Flames due to flu-like symptoms.
With Marchand out, the Bruins skated Benoit Pouliot on Patrice Bergeron's line in warmups. Zach Hamill skated in Pouliot's place on Chris Kelly's line.
This will be Marchand's first missed game this season. In 36 games this season, the 23-year-old has 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points.
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FOXBORO -- In a rare interview Thursday, Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes said he feels “good” and is anxious for the postseason to begin. Spikes, who suffered a right knee injury that left him sidelined for seven games, talked with reporters for the first time since suffering the injury in the loss to the Giants.
“Of course it was frustrating, but I just think everything happens for a reason,” he said. “I had to just work through it. Just fortunate to be back on the field. I’ve never really gotten hurt like that. I feel good. … I should be fine.”
The second-year linebacker out of Florida said he was able to work through a “normal” rehab program while he was on the sidelines. He also credited his teammates, who said were “pushing” for him to make it back after the injury.
“The only thing different is I wasn’t on the field,” said...
In his weekly interview with WEEI's The Big Show, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge discussed the surprising start to Greg Stiemsma's career, the maturation process of Rajon Rondo and a possible debut date for Mickael Pietrus.
Stiemsma, a 26-year-old former Defensive Player of the Year in the D-League for Sioux Falls Skyforce, has emerged as a legitimate NBA center early in his career. Ainge was asked about Stiemsma's performance.
"He's played very well from the first day of training camp," said Ainge of Stiemsma, who is averaging 4.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in his first five NBA games. "He's been a positive influence on our team, our coaches have really liked him, he earned their respect right away. He's been good."
Ainge was asked if he was ever concerned that Rondo would be at all affected by the rumors that had the point guard potentially being swapped for...
WALTHAM -- Ray Allen has been battling the flu and he didn't play in Wednesday's game against the Nets and was asked to stay at home and rest on Thursday when the Celtics met for their first practice since the season began. But Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he thinks Allen will probably play against the Pacers on Friday.
"Ray is feeling a lot better," Rivers said. "We told him to stay away. We don’t need anyone else getting sick. I think he’ll play but, 'I have no idea' is the answer."
Everyone else was available at practice including Mickael Pietrus who has yet to see any live action. Rivers thinks that will change next week when the team has a few open days for practice.
"He’s the great workout guy right now," Rivers said. "He’s doing skeleton already. He looks great by the way. I think next week when we have a couple of days he’ll be able to get out on the floor and...
FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Wes Welker missed their second straight day of bye-week practice on the main Gillette Stadium field on Thursday. Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who did attend on Wednesday, was also not spotted Thursday as six players were absent for the open media portion at the start of practice.
Also missing a second straight day were three offensive linemen, Sebastian Vollmer, Logan Mankins and Marcus Cannon.
The team held practice in the brisk conditions outdoors in sweats and shells. The team will likely have Saturday and Sunday off for rest as the team readies for its AFC Divisional battle next Saturday night, Jan. 14, at Gillette. If the No. 6 seed Bengals beat the No. 3 Texans on Saturday afternoon in Houston, the Patriots will have an extra day of preparation since they will already know their opponent. If the Texans win, then the No. 1 seed Patriots must wait on the outcome of the Steelers-Broncos game in Denver...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.