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No Vanek at practice

The Sabres are on the ice for practice in First Niagara Center and leading scorer Thomas Vanek, who was felled yesterday by what coach Lindy Ruff termed food poisoning, is not on the ice.. Luke Adam is dressed on the left wing on the top line with Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville. Robyn Regher, who played just 29 seconds out of the final 14 minutes last night, is skating; he is also believed to have suffered food poisoning.

The other bit of news is that defenseman Christian Ehrhoff is skating in a red (non-contact) jersey in his first appearance with the team since being injured in a fight Dec. 30 with Washington's Troy Brouwer. Derek Roy, who sat out last night's loss in Toronto, is taking a regular turn on his line and is a good bet to be playing in Friday night's rematch against the Leafs.

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---Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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