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26 THOMAS VANEK LW
Age: 22 Ht: 6-foot-2 Wt: 207 lbs.
2006-07 STATS: 18 GP 12 G 11 A 23 PTS 6 PIMs
THE SKINNY: Vanek is the Sabres leader in plus-minus at +16 and was second in the league behind Detroit's Nik Lidstrom (+18) going into last night's games (the Sabres played Pittsburgh at home last night) ... He's tied for fifth in the league in goal scoring and 11th in scoring ... Was the Sabres' top pick, fifth overall in the 2003 Entry Draft ... He's a native of Graz, Austria, but came over to play junior in the U.S. in 1999-2000. After three years with the Sioux Falls Stampede, he went to the University of Minnesota for two years.
BLACK AND BLUE REPORT
SABRES: G Ryan Miller (abdominal strain), day-to-day; D Henrik Tallinder (broken arm), indefinitely; D Toni Lydman (headaches), day-to-day; F Maxim Afinogenov (shoulder), day-to-day; C Tim Connolly (concussion), out indefinitely, F Derek Roy (hand), two weeks.
SENATORS: D Wade Redden (groin), day-to-day.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Sabres F Maxim Afinogenov, who was their top forward when he went down with a shoulder injury, has made a speedy recovery and he played -- and scored -- last night when the Sabres hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins ... They can use him, too, as the Sabres lost F Derek Roy for maybe two weeks with a hand injury ... Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said it's possible G Ryan Miller could return tonight ... The Senators beat the Sabres 4-2 in Buffalo Wednesday night in their last meeting ... That was just the Sabres' second loss in regulation time this season ... There was a possibility the two teams would cross paths last night at the airport in Ottawa. The Senators were making their way in from New Jersey and the Sabres from Buffalo ... The Sabres' Daniel Briere was second in the league in assists going into last night's games. The Gatineau native had 18, three behind the Rangers' Jaromir Jagr.