Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) -- After the Buffalo Sabres' most recent win over Montreal, their leading scorer was nowhere to be found on the ice for practice the following morning. Suffering a lower-body injury against the Candiens that forced him to leave the game prematurely, Thomas Vanek did not participate in Wednesday's skate.
When asked about Vanek's availability for Thursday night at home against Toronto, interim coach Ron Rolston said it would be a possibility for their top forward, but they have to see how he feels in the morning. The forward still holds the 'day-to-day' designation from the coach.
Other than Vanek, practice resumed with 13 forwards and 7 defensemen on the ice. Former first-round pick Mark Pysyk was on the ice with the team, as was the injured Andrej Sekera.
Sekera hasn't totally been ruled out for Thursday's contest, however Rolston said the weekend seems more likely. The defenseman was the extra man on the blue line throughout the Sabres' shortened session that lasted around 30 minutes.
Steve Ott remained with Cody Hodgson and Jason Pominville as part of the top line after his two goal effort. Without Vanek, Drew Stafford was bumped up to the second line with Tyler Ennis and Ville Leino.
The Sabres take on the Maple Leafs at First Niagara Center on Thursday night.