Thomas Vanek will not play tonight, Lindy Ruff said after today's morning skate. Vanek, Buffalo's leading scorer (23-32-55), is the player who came down with the flu after Sunday's win in Minnesota. "Thomas has got the flu pretty bad," Ruff said. "He hasn't left the hotel yet. No chance." So the Sabres are suddenly very depleted for tonight's game against the Penguins. Vanek, Jochen Hecht, Mike Grier and Patrick Kaleta are all out. Mark Mancari played Sunday and he's joined tonight by fellow Portland Pirates Luke Adam and Mark Parrish. "We need Mark to come in and play well," Ruff said. "We need Luke too. Obviously. we've got almost half their team there. They've been going good. Hopefully, it's good for us." Adam has been at wing recently in Portland and may start there tonight on a line with Brad Boyes and Drew Stafford. Paul Gaustad-Tim Connolly-Jason Pominville and Mark Mancari-Tyler Ennis-Nathan Gerbe also skated together this morning. But knowing Ruff, those combos could be scrapped in one rotation so we'll see.
Vanek out tonight
Buffalo News | Mar 8