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Tonight's lineup: Vanek returns, big changes on D

By Mike Harrington

There was so much talk about Mikhail Grigorenko this morning that reporters couldn't be in two places at once. The Sabres were skating on the ice while Darcy Regier was making his announcement that the 18-year-old was staying, so putting together tonight's lines would be total guesswork.

Grigorenko started Sunday with Steve Ott and Drew Stafford and finished it between Jochen Hecht and Marcus Foligno. But that game was played without Thomas Vanek, and the team's leading scorer is back in tonight to rejoin Cody Hodgson and Jason Pominville so the lines may juggle again. Nathan Gerbe is expected to be scratched.

There are big moves on the blueline as well. Coach Lindy Ruff said Mike Weber and T.J. Brennan, healthy scratches for the first five games of the season, will both be in the lineup. Robyn Regehr and Alexander Sulzer are out.

"You want guys that are chomping at the bit," Ruff said of Weber and Brennan. "Let's leave it that they're excited to play, they'll be full of energy and we'll tone it down from there."

Ruff said Regher has an undisclosed lower-body injury and should only be out for the short term. Chris Johnston of Rogers Sportsnet tweeted that Regher was seen leaving First Niagara Center with a walking boot on his right foot. Sulzer is presumed to be a healthy scratch.

The Leafs will be without ex-Sabre Clarke MacArthur (lacerated pinkie) and veteran defenseman Mike Komisarek, who took a chip of fiberglass in his eye during practice Monday from what coach Randy Caryle made sound like happened during some sort of horseplay. Hmmm.

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John Vogl

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

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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