Morning Skate 128: All-Stars are taking over

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Morning Skate 128: All-Stars are taking over

Jeff Marek and Greg Wyshynski discuss the awkward moments from the NHL All-Star Draft that also make it so damned entertaining.

Wyshynski also has the story of TSN TV personality Dave Hodge getting a much-deserved reprimand from his bosses for tossing out an extremely irresponsible tweet at Tim Thomas family.

The beat goes on for Tim Thomas when hes pulled from All-Star media availability after answering questions for less than five minutes, and National Post columnist Bruce Arthur has the details.

Scott Hartnell and Joffrey Lupul are among a number of NHL players that are filming their lives for the NHLPA, and its all going to add up to an interesting project.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Director Donald Fehr both say that theres plenty of time for both sides to come together on a labor agreement with the new CBA up in September.

In a serious case of good news, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby resumes skating out in Los Angeles.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Frank Seravalli has a nice piece on good friends Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen heading to the NHL All-Star Game together.

The Ottawa Sun has the story on Daniel Alfredssons Senators teammates all wanting him to come back and play another season.

Brian Burke is officially drawing a line in the sand with Don Cherry. This ought to get interesting.

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)