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Morning skate: Vanek not on a line

Based on the early stages of the morning skate in HSBC Arena, Thomas Vanek will not dress for the Sabres tonight in their game against the Islanders. It appears Daniel Paille, scratched in the first four games, will.

The lines as the team warms up:

Paille-Derek Roy-Drew Stafford

Clarke MacArthur-Tim Connolly-Jason Pominville

Jochen Hecht-Tim Kennedy-Mike Grier

Matt Ellis-Paul Gaustad-Patrick Kaleta.

More from the players and coaches following the skate.

---John Vogl

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