Thomas Vanek, Patrick Lalime practice

Updated: October 5, 2010, 6:48 PM ET
Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek and backup goalie Patrick Lalime have both returned to practice and are anticipated to be ready for the team's season opener.

Vanek says he feels ready to play after skating Tuesday for the first time since sustaining a head injury in a 5-3 preseason win at Montreal last week. Lalime has been bothered by a groin injury.

Coach Lindy Ruff said there's a good chance for both players to be cleared to play Friday, when Buffalo ...

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