Thomas Vanek gets a lot of bumps standing in front of the net. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Vanek questionable for Thursday

BUFFALO – Sabres winger Thomas Vanek, who took a lethal Christian Ehrhoff shot off the hip early in Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime win in Montreal, missed practice today and is questionable for Thursday’s home tilt against Toronto.

“He’s a little bit better but still going to be day-to-day, what he can tolerate,” interim Sabres coach Ron Rolston said this afternoon inside the First Niagara Center. “He’s certainly a possibility.”

Meanwhile, defenseman Andrej Sekera practiced today but will likely miss his third straight game.

What happened to Sekera on Saturday?

“Got tangled up and something snapped in my body,” Sekera said. “Something didn’t feel very right.”

Vanek always seems to be beaten up, partly because he constantly goes to net, especially on the power play. Injuries have already shelved him three games this year.

“We were trying to keep things simpler on the power play and get shots through, and he happens to block one of the ones that gets through that’s got some heat on it from the point,” Rolston said. “But he wants to be around that area, and usually when you’re around that area you got some lumps.”

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