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Tonight on Versus: Thomas Vanek looks to light up streaking Lightning

Oct 25, 2011, 7:30 AM EDT

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Coming into tonight’s game between Buffalo and Tampa Bay (7:30 p.m. ET on Versus) you might’ve thought you’d hear a lot about Steve Stamkos and Martin St. Louis lighting up the world offensively. Not so fast… It’s the Sabres that come into this game with the nice start (5-2-0) and a superstar of their own lighting up the world.

Thomas Vanek is tops on the Sabres in goals with six and is hanging around in the NHL top-ten in points as well. He’s one of the best paid guys in Buffalo, but he’s showing that it’s not going to waste by getting back to his scoresheet-filling ways. Vanek along with Jason Pominville and rookie Luke Adam have been making it look easy for Buffalo offensively speaking.

One person the Sabres will have to d without is Tyler Ennis. Ennis’ injury is forcing Lindy Ruff to juggle his lines around a bit. We’ll see how the new look lines play tonight.

Oddly enough for Tampa Bay, the guy that comes into tonight’s game as their top scorer isn’t any one of Stamkos, St. Louis, or even Vincent Lecavalier. Instead it’s Marc-Andre Bergeron leading the charge there. Oh by the way, the Lightning have stumbled out of the gate. That’s not exactly a coincidence.

Not helping matters there has been the poor play of Dwayne Roloson in goal. Mathieu Garon has gotten the call the last couple games and Tampa has won their last two. Either way, having Garon or Roloson face off with Ryan Miller comes off as a really lopsided match-up.

Do the Sabres keep rolling along or has Tampa figured things out and stay hot? After seeing Tampa shutout the Sabres on Saturday night, Buffalo will be looking for payback at home tonight.

  1. billyhoyle4real - Oct 25, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    The F’N Center is gonna be rocking tonight. The 2011-2012 season is well underway and it’s only Buffalo’s second matchup on home ice. After starting hot over in Europe, returning stateside the Sabres dropped their home opener to Carolina 4-3 and took to the road for a lengthy stretch of games. Tonight Buffalo will be seeking retribution for Saturday night, after being shutout 3-0 by Mathieu Garon who is 2-0 after two games in net. Tonight’s game starts a five game home stand for the Sabres who look to get things started right with backup goaltender Jonas Enroth getting his second start of the year. Keep an eye out for Ville Leino who is moving back into his natural role as a winger, on a line centered by Derek Roy and flanked by Drew Stafford. Look for production there.
    Prediction: Sabres 5 Bolts 2

  2. tilllman40 - Oct 25, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    @billyhoyle4real dude ur lame . The gabres are annoying, I bet u own a pink jersey with midgit Roy on back. Do u buy them drinks d.t.? That’s why our sports radio doesn’t play crap except gabres nonsense. Who cares it’s hockey, fanboys like u are lame give our town a bad name. Just stop w the love affair of 25 yr old boys.

  3. skoobyfl - Oct 25, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Sabres are the Stanley Cups Champs already.

    Tillman, get a job.

  4. billyhoyle4real - Oct 25, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    @ Tillman40
    A) I don’t go downtown to drink.
    B) I live in the city and attend games regularly…
    I’m sure you watch from the comforts of your couch drinking up Labatt’s and wearing your free Sabres hats and opening twist offs with your new hip blue and yellow bottle opener. Sad thing is the only commenting you bring to the forum has nothing to do with PRO HOCKEY… Matter of fact you’re validating that you’re as much of a tools as you claim me to be.

  5. muttbolts - Oct 25, 2011 at 6:54 PM


    Garon is 2-0-1. Shootout lose to boston. I hear miller is starting.If enroth is ,good luck with him,if we beat miller 3 times we should get 6 on him.

  6. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 25, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Didn’t take Vanek long….

  7. muttbolts - Oct 25, 2011 at 9:45 PM

    Sorry ment @billy.wheres vanek now.

  8. muttbolts - Oct 25, 2011 at 10:07 PM

    Losers.i hate buf-fa-lo

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