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Practice update: No Vanek, Boyes & Kaleta on lines

TORONTO -- The Sabres practiced for an hour today have just taken the ice here at the Air Canada Centre and the injuries continue to cause line shuffling. The good news is some returns are also responsible for it.

Thomas Vanek is not practicing again, sitting out as he did Monday, and Derek Whitmore is in his spot with Derek Roy and Jason Pominville. Patrick Kaleta and Brad Boyes are on lines. Tyler Myers did some skating and stickhandling work and left the ice when the team's workout started. There are six defensemen and Marc-Andre Gragnani, a scratch Tuesday in Ottawa, is skating at forward.

Here are the lines:

Whitmore-Roy-Pominville
Adam-Gaustad-Kassian
Kaleta-Boyes-Stafford
Ellis-McCormick-Gragnani

(Braincramp update: We all just realized here that Paul Szczechura isn't on the ice either. That turnover that led to Ottawa's winning goal might have gotten him a ticket back to Rochester)

POST-PRACTICE UPDATE: Szczechura remains here, with Lindy Ruff saying he's "a little banged up" but should be OK for tomorrow. Boyes still doesn't feel like he's ready and Ruff didn't sound optimistic either. Kaleta should play. So should Vanek, who simply sat for maintenance.

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