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The Buffalo Sabres have lost three in a row and could certainly use Thomas Vanek back on the ice.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, meanwhile, want some goals out of Phil Kessel.
With Vanek's status unclear, the Sabres will try to end their skid and continue their home dominance over the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
Buffalo (2-3-0) beat Toronto (2-3-0) on the road 2-1 on Jan. 21, but has since dropped three straight.
The Sabres' slide continued with Sunday's 3-2 loss at Washington, as Vanek was sidelined by a strained muscle. The left wing had been on the ice for all 11 of his team's goals prior to that contest, scoring three and assisting on six - one versus the Maple Leafs.
Vanek has 16 goals and 13 assists in 24 career home meetings with Toronto, including 18 points during the Sabres' current 10-1-0 stretch at home against their Northeast Division rival.
While health is the concern for Vanek, a lack of production has been the problem for Kessel. He has gone with...
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