Buffalo Sabres’ Injuries Present a Pre-Playoff Dilemma

April 9th, 2010 by Matthew Hogan Leave a reply »

Less than a week before the NHL playoffs begin and the Buffalo Sabres finally have gotten hit by the injury bug.

Thomas Vanek is set to return from a lower body injury on Saturday against the Ottawa Senators, but that still leaves a number of the Sabres' key players out of the lineup.

Jochen Hecht (upper body), Tim Connolly (foot), and Patrick Kaleta (hand) have all been ruled out for the rest of the regular season.

“There’s always concern when key personnel go out of your lineup and you’re making adjustments,”  head coach Lindy Ruff told the Buffalo News on Thursday. “It’s a tough time of year. At the same time, you hope it’s short term and you hope you can get through them.”

While the team, along with the fans, hopes that the injuries are short term, either way they will present an interesting conundrum for Buffalo before the ...

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