Morning Skate: The elephant in the room

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Morning Skate: The elephant in the room

Katie Carrera from the Washington Post says that ice time is the elephant in the room for Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals during their playoff run.

Bob Mand from the Hockey Writers says that the absence of Nathan Horton was instrumental in Bostons first round exit. I would agree on one level, but they still had enough to get by the Washington Capitals if other players were close to their normal level of production. The numbers before-and-after Hortons injury also have to take into account that Rich Peverley was also missing for a significant portion of that season chunk as well. But on balance I agree with the premise, and wonder how strongly Horton bounces back from his concussion issues next season.

CBC rink side reporter Scott Oake bares his soul to the world in a touching story about the loss of his son to drug addiction little more than a year ago.

The Senators are looking to sign Erik Karlsson, but theyre also hoping to do it on a budget after a monster season from the Swedish defenseman.

Mike Knuble, Keith Aucoin and Joel Ward have been dominant for the Capitals as a fourth line thus far during the playoffs. The Bruins could tell you all about that firsthand.

FOH (Friend of Haggs) Puck Daddy AKA Greg Wyshynski asks whether Dale Hunter is pushing all the right buttons, or whether hes simply an accidental genius.

Kevin Dineen goes over his first very successful year at the helm of the Florida Panthers, even if the Jack Adams voters felt it appropriate to skip him over for consideration.

For something completely different: the new Dark Knight movie trailer was released today and it caused a tremor in the geekosphere. Check it out.

Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.

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Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.

FOXBORO - Scratch the estimable Sammy Watkins from the Bills roster for Sunday. 

Buffalo shared via Twitter that their long, tall wideout is out for Sunday with a foot injury. Also down are wideout Greg Salas and left tackle Cyrus Kouandijo.

The Bills' starting left tackle Cordy Glenn has been dealing with an ankle injury that caused him to miss last week's game. 

Robert Woods will be the Bills best outside threat with Watkins taking Sunday off. The Bills' talented corner Ronald Darby is also trying to get back this week from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss last week's game with Arizona.