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VANEK COULD RETURN IN DAYS

Wednesday, 10.14.2009 / 2:06 PM / All News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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VANEK COULD RETURN IN DAYS
Thomas Vanek (Photo: Bill Wippert)
Lindy Ruff delivered some good news regarding Thomas Vanek on Wednesday afternoon.

The Buffalo Sabres Head Coach said the winger may only miss a few days - not weeks - after sustaining an upper body injury in Tuesday’s 6-2 win against the Red Wings.

Vanek left the game following his second goal of the night – 12:46 into the second period - and did not return to the ice. In his post-game comments, Ruff indicated Vanek could miss a good period of time because of it.

“They thought he would feel a lot worse today, but he’s actually feeling a lot better,” Ruff said following practice on Wednesday. “He’s doing remarkably well which is good.. I wouldn’t even rule him out maybe for a game on the weekend, as well as he’s doing today.

“It’s a stretch but it’s something I won’t rule out now.”

In the interim, it was Adam Mair who practiced in Vanek’s place alongside Drew Stafford and Derek Roy.

The rest of the lines remained the same:

(MacArthur-Connolly-Pominville, Hecht-Kennedy-Grier, Kaleta-Gaustad-Ellis)

“With the chemistry on those lines, and as well as they’ve worked together, I don’t want to take another player off one of those and disrupt three lines,” Ruff said. “I would rather just continue to build some chemistry that’s been there on the lines that exist.”

Mair has been cleared to play since recovering from arthroscopic hip surgery in September. He is not, however on the active roster as he did not pass his preseason physical (non-roster injury status).
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Listen to Lindy Ruff's full interview about Vanek:
Lindy Ruff

The Sabres could keep the roster down to the League maximum of 23 players if they activate Mair and place Andrej Sekera [rib] on injured reserve.

Ruff also mentioned using either Dan Paille or Nathan Paetsch in Vanek’s place until he is able to return.

Paille and Paetsch have been healthy scratches in all four games this season.

The Sabres continue Thursday with a practice at the Pepsi Center before completing their three-game home stand on Friday against the Islanders and Saturday against the Thrashers.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82