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BSJ Daily Briefing 03.19.18: Team-building period rolls on for Pats, NCAA hockey, B’s impress

Your daily rundown of what’s going on with the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins, and what’s about to happen.

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while we wait for another nor’easter to hit the area. Man…

  • One of the things that makes BSJ stand out from the rest is experience and depth of analysis. Others may try to tell you how new players will fit in with the Patriots, but BSJ explains it. Great job by Chris Price analyzing Jason McCourtyAdrian ClaybornJeremy HillDanny Shelton and Cordarrelle Patterson. You’ll know exactly the strengths and weaknesses of each player because we show you. (I’ll have Matt Tobin up today because … well, o-line rules).
  • In the same vein, if you want accurate Patriots salary-cap information, you have to get it from Miguel Benzan here at BSJ. He’s been killing it in free agency and he’s a very valuable resource during the entire offseason. Great piece here, which was generated from a question in one of our members-only Daily Q&As: If Tom Brady’s so cheap vs. other QBs, why do the Patriots have so little cap space?
  • If we can’t answer your question in a Q&A, we try like heck to find out the answer after.
  • So we now know the bracket for the NCAA hockey tournament: Providence will play Clarkson in Bridgeport, Conn., while Worcester will feature BU (won Hockey East tournament over PC) vs. Cornell, and Northeastern vs. Michigan. That Worcester regional is loaded and should be fun to watch.
  • I realize all this is through computer ratings, but how good is the system when the Hockey East regular-season champion (Boston College) is left out entirely? And the conference, which is always one of the strongest in the country, doesn’t get one No. 1 seed? How does the Big 10 get four teams in, including Penn State, which was barely over .500 during the season, had a losing record in the conference and didn’t win a game in the conference tournament? The computer needs to be fixed.
  • I mean, this is ridiculous … consolation games deciding NCAA berths?

  • Still buzzing about the Bruins’ dominating win in Tampa on Saturday night. The Lightning tried to come heavy against the depleted Bruins, and Boston more than responded. This team has something special going on. They could very well outlast the Celtics in the postseason.
  • And now we get to see what Ryan Donato can do tonight after he signed with the team.
  • On the other end, the Celtics are limping down the stretch with their (barely) walking wounded. Injuries are much tougher to overcome in hoops, but at least they have their seeding basically wrapped up. Time to get healthy and hope for a good matchup in the postseason.

A couple of other notable developments:

BSJ Analytics: We have debuted a new feature at BSJ that I want to get rolling on and expand: BSJ Analytics. The first installment was on why the Bruins should target Ryan McDonagh at the trade deadline. Ideally, we’d have a weekly column on each of the four sports. So if this is your area and you’d like to get involved, send us samples of your writing and ideas for future columns to greg@bostonsportsjournal.com

New England Revolution: The Revolution have started their season, but we’re still going over our options on them. No, this isn’t ideal, but it’s a very long season and we’re not going to rush anything to cover soccer in March. If you’re interested in covering them for us, send me an email with your resume, clips and ideas for coverage to greg@bostonsportsjournal.com.

And away we go…

CATCHING UP

Patriots

Analysis: Cordarrelle Patterson is a special teams ace who could provide boost for Patriots
Salary cap recap 03.18.18: Patriots end day with $12,233,288 in cap space
NFL Notebook: After loss of Solder, LG Joe Thuney becomes even more important to Patriots’ offensive line
PatsCap: If Tom Brady’s so cheap vs. other QBs, why do the Patriots have so little cap space?
How the 2018 rookie pool will work for the Patriots

Red Sox

MLB Notebook: Contract extension talks on hold; Ohtani’s rough introduction and more
Drew Pomeranz progresses, Craig Kimbrel returns as pitching staff takes shape
Video: Spring Training Diary, Day 32
Red Sox Notes: 11-man pitching staff may buy some time for others; 3 things we learned
Steven Wright optimistic that being on 25-man roster for opener within reach

Celtics

BSJ Game Report: Pelicans 108, Celtics 89 — No answer for Anthony Davis
NBA Notebook: Will Celtics be able to avoid Cavs in potential second-round matchup?
Live Coverage: Pelicans 108, Celtics 89
Terry Rozier has emerged as a steady scoring option for Celtics

Bruins

Bruins sign Ryan Donato to an entry-level contract
NHL Notebook: One coach believes rookie ruts are self-inflicted, and more
Bruins land a stunning jab on chin of Lightning

ON TAP

1 p.m.: Phillies at Red Sox, WEEI (McAdam)
5 p.m.BSJ Daily Live Q&A — Sean McAdam on Red Sox/MLB.
6:30 p.m.
: Women’s NCAA basketball — Quinnipiac at UConn (ESPN2)
7 p.m.: Blue Jackets at Bruins, NESN (McDonald)

PARTING THOUGHT

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