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Boston: On the up and up again

Basketball

News from the Bruins, Celtics, and Red Sox

January 14, 2021
SOURCE: JEFF ROBERSON/AP PHOTO
SOURCE: JEFF ROBERSON/AP PHOTO

๐Ÿ’Bruins: After an early exit from the NHL postseason bubble, weโ€™ll finally see the black and gold back in action for their season opener tonight against the New Jersey Devils. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. ET.

  • The Devils missed the postseason, so tonight will be their first competitive action in 10 months. And the Bโ€™s (namely Brad Marchand) have plenty of history with Devils defender (and Lindsey Vonnโ€™s ex) P.K. Subban. Expect things to get heated during the first of eight regular season matchups.

๐Ÿ€Celtics: The Cโ€™s traded their four-game win streak for a three-game postponed streak, seeing their last few contests fall victim to COVID-19 delays. While theyโ€™re slated to play against the Orlando Magic tomorrow (for now), theyโ€™ll still be without a handful of key players, including Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

  • Tatum, who tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday, will be out through at least next Wednesday. And Brown, who is out as a result of contact tracing, could return to action by Saturday. Cross all your fingers and toes.

โšพ๏ธRed Sox: Donโ€™t look now, but thereโ€™s some good news coming out of the Red Sox camp. Not only is ace pitcher Chris Sale โ€” currently recovering from Tommy John surgery โ€” scheduled to throw from a mound at the end of the month, but reports indicate that the Sox front office is preparing for a โ€œseries of movesโ€ to upgrade the roster before spring training starts next month. Fire up that hot stove!