BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Buffalo Sabres are going to have to make due without top goal-scorer Thomas Vanek.
The NHL team announced Sunday that the winger is expected to be out of the lineup for three to four weeks with a fractured jaw.
Vanek suffered the injury when he took a puck to the face during Saturday's game in Ottawa. He had successful surgery on Sunday.
Vanek is currently third on the NHL's goal list with 32. He also has 20 assists to lead the Sabres with 52 points.
The 25-year-old has only missed one game during his four-year NHL career. He was a healthy scratch in April 2006.