Morning Skate: Tuesday, Dec. 11


Morning Skate: Tuesday, Dec. 11

Frank Seravalli says that Donald Fehr and the NHLPA has the owners exactly where they want them. Lets hope hes right because miscalculations at this point could be disastrous.

Elliotte Friedman has his 30 weekly thoughts with a few Bruins-related nuggets: one talent evaluator says that Lane MacDermid has been among the most eye-opening prospects in the AHL this season. He was the only Providence player mentioned. Thats interesting.

Vancouver Canucks forward Manny Malhotra has had it with the labor talks and the NHL lockout.

Shawn Horcoff is irked about the NHL lockout talks, as are many of the NHL veterans sitting around simply waiting for it all to be over.

The Christmas sweater video from CBC sports is purely Canadian. Theres no other way to describe it.

Bruins first round draft pick Malcolm Subban could be the man between the pipes for Team Canada in the World Junior tournament.

For something completely different: a very special Arnold Schwarzenegger Christmas party that actually aired on television and had Mike Tyson involved. No, not kidding.

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable


Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:


WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)


TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)