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BSJ Daily Briefing: 01.13.18: Pats Gameday, Bruins back from bye

Adam Richins for BSJ

Good morning!

  • Game day is finally here and it's going to be a chilly one in Foxboro after a 40-degree(!) temperature drop from this morning. Be careful walking around in those parking lots if you're heading to the game with a flash freeze expected. Temps are expected to be in 20s and falling throughout the game with a 10 mph wind.
  • Latest reports out of Foxboro via Adam Schefter of ESPN is that Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee will both be out with knee injuries. James White is expected to play, so that should give the Pats backfield a boost.
  • Bruins will serve as a nice appetizer to kickoff with a 7 p.m. start in Montreal coming off their bye week. Kind of crazy how far up they are on their rivals to the north (11 point edge with two games in hand).
  • Celtics will be back in action in Waltham trying to get their body clocks right after a trip across the pond.
  • Keep your eye on the Cavs in the standings. They have now dropped three straight after losing in Indiana and are now seven back of the C's with only 40 games to play. That's a hell of a mountain to climb for them.

And away we go...

CATCHING UP

Patriots

The 5 most important assignments vs. Tennessee, if they choose to accept them

Scouting report: If Dick LeBeau and the Titans do this again, they shouldn't even show up

Podcast: Price talks Patriots with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan 01.12.18

Breaking down Patriots upcoming free-agent class: Who will stay and who will go?

First and 10: Playing Gronk, Ryan’s hope and more Patriots-Titans news

On The Beat: 5 questions with Tennessee writer Paul Kuharsky

Dr. Flynns Mailbag: On Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Hogan, Rex Burkhead; Dustin Pedroia

Celtics

Big 3 Podcast: Breaking down Celtics-Sixers, Hayward's recovery timetable and Kyrie for MVP?

Lottery Watch: Lakers pick is slipping out of the top 5

Red Sox

Homegrown and the lone holdover, Dana LeVangie readies for new challenge as pitching coach

Red Sox reach agreement with nine players, but appear headed to arbitration with Mookie Betts

Hot Stove Lunch: Red Sox to find out how much their future costs; Yanks try to figure out how to fit Darvish and more

ON TAP

1 p.m.: Celtics practice at Healthpoint (Robb) 
7 p.m.: Bruins at Canadiens, NESN (McAdam)
7:45 p.m.: Come by and say hi to Bedard behind Sec. 123.
8:15 p.m.: Titans at Patriots, CBS (Bedard, Price, Richins)

PARTING THOUGHT

LeBron's making jokes but Cavs have lost three straight and seven of nine overall.

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