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VANEK HEALING, LALIME HURTING

Wednesday, 04.07.2010 / 2:12 PM / News
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VANEK HEALING, LALIME HURTING
Bill Wippert
While the Buffalo Sabres may be gaining a winger this week, they may temporarily be without a backup goaltender.

After getting good news from Thomas Vanek, who continued to skate Wednesday afternoon, the Sabres found that Patrick Lalime may be questionable for Thursday’s match-up in Boston, feeling a bit under the weather.

“He was sick last night so he saw a doctor this morning,” Head Coach Lindy Ruff said. “He should be able to make the flight… We’ll see where he’s at later today.”

Lalime did not participate in the team’s light workout at HSBC Arena. If he is unable to dress the team could be in a less than desirable spot; Netminder Jhonas Enroth, who has been recalled from the AHL Portland Pirates in the past on an emergency basis, has an ankle injury of his own that has kept him sidelined.

“It’s a period of time [he’s going to miss] but I don’t know exactly how long,” Ruff said of Enroth.

The team has not recalled a goaltender yet – JP Lamoureux has been filling in for Enroth for the time being – and Ruff said he will evaluate Lalime later in the day. However, the Sabres coach admitted that the goaltending schedule that was previously in place could be in jeopardy with the ailment.

“We had a plan and we might have to alter the plan,” he said. “We’ll just evaluate this, see where Patty’s at come tomorrow and go from there.”

Conversely, Vanek may return to the lineup as early as this weekend. After suffering a lower body injury in late March, missing the last five contests, the winger has been on the ice for the last few days and is feeling better.

“We’re taking it day by day,” Vanek said. “The goal is to get in this weekend.

“Anytime you come back from injury, the speed of the game and getting your legs back, if I can do that before playoffs start I think it would benefit myself… The good news is that I’m out there working and it didn’t get any worse.”

Craig Rivet, who missed Tuesday’s game due to flu-like symptoms is expected to be ready for Thursday’s match-up against the Bruins. Jochen Hecht was absent from practice but was given a maintenance day by the coaching staff.

The Sabres head to Boston today before finishing up the regular season on the road in Ottawa and New Jersey, respectively.

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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