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Flu sidelines Vanek for Sabres' game vs. Pens

Tuesday, 03.08.2011 / 1:38 PM / News

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Flu sidelines Vanek for Sabres' game vs. Pens
Tomas Vanek will miss Tuesday night's game with Pittsburgh due to the flu.
Buffalo Sabres leading scorer Thomas Vanek will not play against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night because of the flu, coach Lindy Ruff said after the morning skate at Consol Energy Center.

"Thomas has got the flu pretty bad," Ruff told the Buffalo News. "He hasn't left the hotel yet. No chance."

The Sabres, who hold a one-point lead on the Carolina Hurricanes for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, will also be without Jochen Hecht, Mike Grier and Patrick Kaleta.

Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz, who has been out of the lineup since Feb. 6 with a lower-body injury, is a game-time decision.

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