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VANEK PRACTICES, DOUBTFUL FOR FRIDAY

Thursday, 10.15.2009 / 1:57 PM / All News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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VANEK PRACTICES, DOUBTFUL FOR FRIDAY
Thomas Vanek (Photo: Bill Wippert)
Lindy Ruff: Video
Thomas Vanek: Video
Jason Pominville: Video
Thomas Vanek was back on the ice with his teammates Thursday afternoon at the Amherst Pepsi Center.

While the Buffalo Sabres winger said he feels a vast improvement from his upper-body injury, Head Coach Lindy Ruff said he is doubtful for Friday’s game against the Islanders.

“I was pleasantly surprised he felt the way he did yesterday, I was even more surprised he was out trying to practice today. That’s all good things,” Ruff said. “But at the same time, after working out, it’s not quite where we need him.

“He was getting through practice pretty good, but to be full-board I think he’s a little bit of a long shot so we’ll weigh that come tomorrow.”

Vanek said he was not hurt after crashing into the endboards following his second goal of the night against Detroit on Tuesday. Rather, it was a product of an unfavorable collision with Red Wings’ forward Brad May about 30 seconds prior to the goal in the second period.

“We were in our endzone breaking out, May came across and I kind of hit him and it just hit me wrong,” Vanek said. “It was one of those fluke things… I took the worst of it.”

Vanek said he hasn’t ruled out playing this weekend, but will make what he feels is the smart choice after conferring with team doctors.

“Hopefully I’ll wake up tomorrow and feel great, but like I said I’m taking it day-by-day and if it’s not, hopefully Saturday,” he said. “The pain is something I can always deal with, it’s about being smart and not getting any worse.”

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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

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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