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Vanek out for Sabres against Capitals

by Chris Ryndak

BUFFALO -- Thomas Vanek will miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury when the Buffalo Sabres take on the Washington Capitals at First Niagara Center on Saturday.

Sabres interim coach Ron Rolston said Vanek possibly could return on Sunday for Buffalo’s home game against the Boston Bruins.

Vanek, Buffalo's leading scorer, took part in the team’s optional skate Saturday morning.

“He was out there today and moving, but he’s not where he needs to be,” Rolston said.

Washington defenseman Jeff Schultz will return to its lineup after sitting out the past four games as a healthy scratch.

“Sometimes you ask a guy to step back and re-evaluate themselves. We’ve got two games in two nights and we need him,” Capitals coach Adam Oates said. “We need his size and he need him to be a force. Hopefully it [was] a little bit of a wake-up call.”

Jhonas Enroth will start in goal for Buffalo against Braden Holtby. Each team plays three games in the next four nights.

Here are the projected lineups for Saturday:


Marcus JohanssonNicklas BackstromAlexander Ovechkin

Brooks LaichMike RibeiroTroy Brouwer

Jason Chimera - Mathieu PerreaultJoel Ward

Matt HendricksJay BeagleWojtek Wolski

Karl AlznerMike Green

Jack HillenJohn Carlson

Jeff SchultzSteve Oleksy

Braden Holtby

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Dmitry Orlov, Aaron Volpatti

Injured: John Erskine (upper body), Tom Poti (back), Eric Fehr (upper body), Tomas Kundratek (knee)


Steve OttCody HodgsonJason Pominville

Ville LeinoTyler EnnisDrew Stafford

Marcus FolignoKevin PorterBrian Flynn

Nathan GerbeJochen HechtPatrick Kaleta

Christian EhrhoffAlexander Sulzer

Tyler MyersRobyn Regehr

Jordan LeopoldMike Weber

Jhonas Enroth

Ryan Miller

Scratched: John Scott, Mark Pysyk

Injured: Thomas Vanek (upper body), Alexander Sulzer (lower body)

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