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Lots of hands on deck for once

The Sabres have just taken the ice for the first time since ending the Christmas break and there are more guys skating than we've seen in a long time. We'll have to wait until Lindy Ruff's post-skate update to see who is actually going to be in the lineup tonight against the Washington Capitals but here's what we can glean at this point:

1). Thomas Vanek is skating so he may be ready to try to gut through another game like he did Thursday in Toronto.

2). Jochen Hecht is on a line, with Vanek and Jason Pominville, for the first time in a few weeks.

3). Brad Boyes is on a line with Derek Roy and Drew Stafford

4). Tyler Ennis is skating in white with Matt Ellis, Zack Kassian, Paul Szczechura and Luke Adam. You would think two from this group won't play tonight.

5). Tyler Myers is again skating with the defensemen. He's paired with Marc-Andre Gragnani, who's likely to again be a healthy scratch.

6). Nathan Gerbe and Corey Tropp both skated in red non-contact jerseys with the team for the first time since suffering concussions and then left the ice when drills started. Derek Whitmore is not here and has likely been sent back to Rochester.

At one point during warmups, the Sabres had 24 players on the ice (14 forwards, eight defensemen and two goalies) Been a while for that.

Stay tuned for Ruff's update.