Sabres call up 2 after Vanek misses practice

BY foxsports • December 19, 2011

Buffalo Sabres' leading goal-scorer Thomas Vanek missed practice due to an upper-body injury, leading the team to call up two players from the minors on Monday.

Coach Lindy Ruff says Vanek is likely to play at Ottawa on Tuesday. Vanek's 17 goals are tied for sixth in the NHL. He was hurt during an 8-3 loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Forwards Derek Whitmore and Marcus Foligno were promoted from AHL Rochester to bolster a banged-up lineup that had only 10 forwards skate in practice.

Foligno, a rookie 2009 fourth-round draft pick, has an opportunity to make his NHL debut against a Senators team that includes his older brother Nick Foligno.