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Vanek may move to right side with Pominville out

The Sabres will be forced to shuffle their lines with Jason Pominville sidelined by a concussion, and the initial moves have Thomas Vanek shifting from left wing to right wing. The first look at lines as the Sabres start practice in HSBC Arena:

Jochen Hecht-Derek Roy-Drew Stafford

Tyler Ennis-Tim Connolly-Thomas Vanek

Nathan Gerbe-Rob Niedermayer-Mike Grier

Paul Gaustad-Cody McCormick-Patrick Kaleta

UPDATE: The Sabres have begun power-play work, with Tim Connolly moving to the point to replace Pominville and Jochen Hecht taking Connolly's spot on the second unit. The groups:

Stafford-Vanek-Roy, with Tyler Myers-Connolly on the point.

Ennis-Hecht-Gerbe, with Jordan Leopold-Andrej Sekera at the blue line.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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