Amherst, NY (WGR 550) -- While the Buffalo Sabres approach a back-to-back home game stretch over the weekend, they'll likely have to go through the first leg without one of their top players. Thomas Vanek sat out of the team's shortened practice at the Northtowns Center Friday with an upper-body injury.
After the session concluded, interim head coach Ron Rolston said it was looking "doubtful" for Vanek to be ready for the team's home game against Washington on Saturday night. Rolston added that the forward is day-to-day. He was spotted on an exercise bike just as practice concluded.
Vanek sat out of the Sabres' last loss to the Florida Panthers. He has 16 goals and 17 assists in 29 games this season. Buffalo takes on Washington on Saturday, and Boston on Sunday at First Niagara Center.