Thomas Vanek's incredible start to the season has led to an increase in his ice time.
That makes perfect sense to us. Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff has been pretty stingy with ice time for Vanek coming into this season as Vanek's average per season has never exceeded 17:21 per game. However, the red-hot winger has played over 20 minutes in two consecutive games and will likely repeat that feat Saturday against the Islanders. Ride Vanek as he is the hottest player in the NHL at the moment.