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VANEK TO PLAY IN GAME 6

Monday, 04.26.2010 / 3:16 PM / News
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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VANEK TO PLAY IN GAME 6
Thomas Vanek (Photo: Bill Wippert)
The wait is finally over for Thomas Vanek.

Head Coach Lindy Ruff revealed that after five days of skating “all indications point to where he’s playing” in Game 6 on Monday night.

Vanek hasn’t been in the lineup since suffering a lower body injury in Game 2 against the Boston Bruins, after taking a slash from Johnny Boychuk and slamming into the end boards.

“There’s only one person who knows how he feels and that’s Thomas,” Ruff said. “The player has to say I feel good on the ice; I can go all out, I can sprint I can stop… the only decision I can make is whether I think his conditioning is enough to get him through a game and I think it will be. He indicated yesterday that he felt that he was ready to play.”

While Ruff is ready to test the recovering winger, he warned that it could be in a limited role, depending on how Vanek feels throughout the game.

“I said to him that he has to go all in, it’s all in right off the bat,” Ruff said. “That doesn’t mean he can make it through the game or not make it through the game, I don’t know… This isn’t a game you can ease into, it’s all in right from the start. We’ll see where he is after the first period or even after the first shift and we’ll see how he’s doing.”

Vanek, a two-time 40-goal scorer, had been one of the hottest players in the League before his injury. He scored four goals against Ottawa in the next-to-last game of the regular season on April 10, then added the Sabres' only goal in New Jersey the following day.

“I know this is a little bit of a setback for him, but he was really going well before he got hurt,” Ruff said. “He’s a big part of the offense, a big part of our power play and probably one of the best net-front guys in the League.”



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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

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