The Buffalo Sabres are surging, and possibly getting one of their top scorers back may help them continue their strong play and prevent the Dallas Stars from winning back-to-back road games for the first time in almost two months.
The Sabres may get a lift from Thomas Vanek's expected return when they try to continue their home success against the Stars on Friday night.
Buffalo (23-24-6) may be toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, but it has won four of five after enduring a 1-7-1 stretch that included a five-game slide.
The Sabres are outscoring opponents 15-6 over the last five games, including a 6-0 win over Boston on Wednesday for their best offensive display of the season.
They may be in for another offensive boost with Vanek likely to be back from an upper-body injury that has forced him to miss three games.
"We put him through a battery of extra tests after practice (Thursday). We'll see how he's feeling in the morning," coach Lind...