Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/16/11
Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek have long been two of the Buffalo Sabres' most popular players - so it's only fitting that they're on the verge of reaching the same milestone on the same night.

Roy and Vanek will both play their 500th NHL games Friday when the Sabres entertain the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Vanek has been one of the most durable players in the league since breaking in seven seasons ago. The 27-year-old has missed just 23 games over that span.

The fifth overall pick in 2003, Vanek has 14 goals and 15 assists in 30 games this season.

It has taken a little longer for Roy to reach the 500-game plateau after injuries limited him to just 35 games last season. Buffalo's second-round pick in 2001, Roy has seven goals and 13 assists in 30 games.
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