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Help Wanted From Slumping Sabre

It’s time for some Sabres trivia.  Which of the following players, over his past 30 games, has scored the fewest points: Ville Leino, Thomas Vanek, Tyler Myers, Derek Roy or Drew Stafford?

Give yourself a stick tap if you said Vanek.

Buffalo’s most talented and highest paid forward is slumping.  The Sabres are on an 11-3-3 surge that has elevated them into the playoff hunt, but Vanek has only managed to put up 6 points in that span.

Going back a bit further, here are the numbers over the past 30 games for Sabres forwards who are on the team in large part due to their scoring ability:

Pominville   11-10-21
Stafford   7-9-16
Roy   7-8-15
Ennis   7-8-15
Leino   4-10-14
Vanek   5-8-13
Gerbe   2-9-11
Boyes   3-5-8

Not only does Vanek have fewer points in his last 30 games than Ville Leino, he also has less than defensemen Tyler Myers (6-9-15) and Christian Ehrhoff (3-11-14).

Ryan Miller has been a big part of the Sabres resurgence, but it’s a lot to ask of him to continue giving up fewer than 2 goals per game.  Whether he’s playing hurt or just lacking confidence, the sooner the better for Vanek’s return to excellence.  Tonight’s important contest in Winnipeg, which could result in Buffalo catapulting to eighth place in the East, wouldn’t be a bad place to start.

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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003.  He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene.  Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.

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