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.