Bruins in Ottawa for playoff preview

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Bruins in Ottawa for playoff preview

OTTAWA With plenty of interesting line combination to go with, it appeared the Bruins opted for some creative forward lines as Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas relaxed back in Boston. The top line of David Krejci who is wearing the A for the first time this season, Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin appeared to remain intact while it looks like Adam McQuaid will also get back into the lineup against Ottawa at Scotiabank Place.

It will be Anton Khudobin making his first start for the Boston Bruins with towering goaltender Ben Bishop getting the nod for Ottawa as he attempts to shake off some lingering groin issues.

It still appears there will be some choices made by Bruins coach Claude Julien prior to the puck drop against a Senators team that might just have a few things to prove against a Boston team thats dominated them this season. Here is the projected lineup, but it might be subject to change:

Lucic-Krejci-Seguin
Marchand-Kelly-Peverley
Pouliot-Rolston-Caron
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Ference-Seidenberg
Zanon-Corvo
Krug-McQuaid

Khudobin

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

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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:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

QUESTIONABLE
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)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

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

NOT LISTED
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)