By John Vogl
Thomas Vanek leads the NHL in goals and points. The Penguins have noticed.
"Vanek has started off extremely hot, and it’s not something new," Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma said following practice this afternoon in First Niagara Center. "He’s a dangerous player. He’s a skilled player. He can make plays, score goals. He’s a guy who doesn’t have a reputation for doing it on the inside, but he’s good at the net. He’s good in tight spaces. He goes to the net, gets a shot off, does it on the power play.
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury concurred.
"He’s been very hot this season, and every year I think he’s always a threat offensively," Fleury said. "He’s got a quick release, good shot and is always in the right spot around the net it seems. He’s certainly a guy we have to keep an eye on."
Vanek has 11 goals and 23 points, but he's been kept off the score sheet in three straight.
"I’m feeling good,” said Vanek, who expects to contribute with linemates Cody Hodgson and Jason Pominville on Sunday when the Sabres host the Pens at 12:30 p.m. “Obviously, the three of us had a good run, but I think we’re practicing well, figuring things out, and we’ll be back on the score sheet.”
To hear more from Bylsma -- including his thoughts on the Sabres adding Steve Ott and John Scott -- click the audio file below.
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