Availability of Vanek, Connolly unknown
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- There's a chance the Buffalo Sabres could play the final week of the regular season without top-line forwards Thomas Vanek and Tim Connolly.
Coach Lindy Ruff said Monday he didn't know whether either will be healthy enough to play before the NHL playoffs open next week.
"They're both doing a lot better," Ruff said. "I'm optimistic we'll get them back on the ice maybe later in the week. Whether they'll be able to play or not, I don't know."
Ruff said he'd prefer ...
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