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Vanek missing as Ruff shuffles lines -- just as he promised

By Mike Harrington

The Sabres have opened what will be no more than a 45-minute practice at the Northtown Center of Amherst and Lindy Ruff is making good on Friday's postgame promise of shuffling his lines.

Part of it is out of necessity as Thomas Vanek is not on the ice. Ruff said after the 3-1 loss to Carolina that Vanek would likely get today off after taking a tumble during the game and suffering an undetermined muscle strain (looked like a hard fall on his back).

Still, with only one goal from a forward in four games other than the line of Vanek-Hodgson-Pominville, things have to change. Here's how Ruff has the lines put together today:


Ville Leino is not practicing. All eight defensemen are present as are both goalies. Be sure to keep it here after practice for thoughts from Ruff and the players. 


Lindy Ruff | Thomas Vanek
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