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BSJ Daily Briefing 12.20.17: Dobby gets a shutout, AD now please, & Shaq wuz robbed

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Good morning!

Some random thoughts while I contemplate booking a session at TB12 to get stretched out...

  • Will have some thoughts on the Globe's Alex Guerrero story (wonder where they got the idea for that one?) later today.
  • And Bedard's Breakdown of the Steelers game. Need to go over the defensive film again to confirm a few things.
  • Anton Khudobin didn't have a ton of work last night in Buffalo, but he was sharp and is always entertaining to watch. There are no routine saves with Dobby. Everything's an adventure.
  • How many saves have Bruins players made the past couple of games? Torey Krug had a kick save and a beauty last night. Flashed the right leg.
  • Come on, why can't the Celtics trade for Anthony Davis now? Let's just get it over with.
  • Patriots right guard Shaq Mason absolutely got snubbed for the Pro Bowl team. Richie Incognito? Is that some sort of joke?
  • And pssst, don't tell anyone, but David DeCastro is overrated. Average run blocker. Doesn't sustain blocks. Mason is twice the run blocker DeCastro is, and they comparable (DeCastro, slight edge) in pass protection.
  • Welcome back to Boston, Tyler Vrabel. Yes, that's Mike's 6-8 tackle son.

https://twitter.com/BCFootball/status/943469732900024320

And away we go...

CATCHING UP

Patriots

Examining a pair of possible Pro Bowl snubs in New England
Should the Patriots be worried about the Bills targeting Rob Gronkowski on Sunday?
What does the Rex Burkhead injury news mean for the Patriots offense?
NFL Power Rankings: Change at No. 1 as postseason — and Christmas — looms
Podcast: Bedard on Felger & Mazz 12.19.17
Tracking Patriots contract incentives after Week 15
Completed Q&A: Talk Patriots with Price

Bruins

Live Q&A: Joey Mac on Bruins (5 p.m. ET Thursday)
Contributions from Kevan Miller and Noel Acciari go beyond the box score
BSJ Game Report: Bruins 3, Sabres 0 — Dobby does it again
Live Coverage: Bruins 3, Sabres 0

Celtics

Four thoughts on the Celtics’ potential trade pursuit of Anthony Davis

Red Sox

Hot Stove Lunch: Hanley being shopped; Yanks getting Cole for Xmas? and more

ON TAP

Bruins are off.

9 a.m.: Bill Belichick press conference (Price)
3:45 p.m.: Patriots locker room (Price)
5:15 p.m.: Bruins player availability, Buffalo (McDonald)
7:30 p.m.: Heat at Celtics, NBCSB (McDonald)

PARTING THOUGHT

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