Northeast Division: Sabres have to suffer without Vanek

Vanek

Vanek

The Boston Bruins weren’t the only team to lose a key player to injury against the Ottawa Senators last week.

Two days after Antoine Vermette’s high stick fractured Bruins winger Michael Ryder’s face, Anton Volchenkov’s slap shot fractured Buffalo Sabres sniper Thomas Vanek’s jaw Saturday. The Sabres will now be without their leading scorer for three to four weeks, as Mike Harrington in the Buffalo News reports.

MK: This doesn’t effect the Bruins much because they  only play Buffalo once more (and on the last weekend of the season). But it could play a role in determining who the Bruins will meet in the first round of the playoffs.

Here’s a look around the rest of the division:

•Montreal opens a six-game road trip tonight, but that didn’t stop head coach Guy Carbonneau from making his team practice yesterday. Pat Hickey of The Gazette reports.

•The Maple Leafs feel bad for their ailing teammates, Mike Van Ryn, Rob Longley of The Sun reports.

Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen has Ryan Shannon, the former Boston College star, enjoying life in the NHL.

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