Sabres' Vanek may return sooner than expected
Injured Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek may not be out as long as originally expected, and could miss only a few days rather than weeks of the NHL season. Coach Lindy Ruff said on Wednesday that Vanek's upper body injury from Tuesday's win over Detroit wasn't as bad as first thought. Following the game, Ruff said the Austrian would be out for "some time," referencing weeks as a timetable. "He's actually feeling a lot better," Ruff said. "He's doing remarkably well." Ruff added that he wasn't going to rule Vanek out for Buffalo's two games this weekend. The Sabres host the New York Islanders on Friday and Atlanta on Saturday. Vanek, a two-time 40-goal scorer, did not return after scoring his second goal of the game in the second period against Detroit.