It might be time to call the Buffalo Sabres the Rochester Americans.
Vanek did not play in the third period, but has been suffering from a nagging upper-body injury all week that has kept him out of two practices. Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff is calling Vanek's status "day-to-day," but they are already missing so many players.
Those players include Tyler Ennis (ankle), Colin Stuart (lower-body), Ville Leino (lower-body), Nathan Gerbe (concussion), Brad Boyes (knee) and Tyler Myers (wrist). The Sabres also missed Ryan Miller for a period of time after his collision with Boston's Milan Lucic earlier this season.
Without Vanek, the Sabres lose 17 goals and 19 assists, which could be fatal for a team trying to keep up in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo, 1-4-1 in its last six games, will face the Washington Capitals twice next week, a team that is tied with it in the conference standings. The walking wounded in Buffalo will need to muster up some strength.