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CHARLOTTE, N. Delano Hill Jersey .C. -- Brian Vickers is ready to go racing again. Vickers said Thursday he is off blood thinners and plans to run the entire Sprint Cup schedule this season, beginning with next months Daytona 500. Vickers still must be medically cleared by NASCAR before the race. The 30-year-old Vickers missed the final five races last season after doctors discovered a blood clot in his right calf in October. He also missed the final 25 races of 2010 because of blood clots and heart surgery. Aarons will be his full-time sponsor for the No. 55 Toyota car for the season. "Im ready," Vickers said. "Ive never been more excited to get back in a car." Vickers has run 22 races with Michael Waltrip Racing and has 10 top-10 finishes. He won last July at New Hampshire, snapping a 75-race winless streak. "Its been tough, but I look back at the whole experience and Im thankful for it," Vickers said. "Certainly there were a lot of moments when I wasnt sure if there was going to be a next time for anything. Once that was behind us it was, Will I ever be back in a Sprint Cup car again?" Vickers credits the support of his family and friends for helping him get back to where he is today. Vickers said the entire experience has taught him patience, something he said hes lacked. "Ive learned a lot that you just cant force things," he said. "As much as you want things to happen faster, you just cant force that. You have to be patient and wait." Vickers knows there is always a chance the clots could return. If thats the case, he will go back on blood thinners. "There is risk that you can get clot, or I can get another clot," Vickers said. "But its a very low percentage if unprovoked. There is a big distinction between provoked and unprovoked when it comes to clotting." Vickers said the most recent clotting incident came after he had his foot immobilized for a month in a protective boot. "If I were to break my leg and go into a cast, my odds would increase a lot," he said. Vickers is focused on Daytona, where he hasnt raced since 2011. In 14 Sprint Cup races at Daytona, Vickers best career finish is seventh. "Its been a long time," Vickers said. "To get back down there is always special. Im curious to see if that energy and excitement and that love is going to feel the same this year as it did the first time I went to Daytona. I have a feeling it will, especially having gone through as much as I did to get back there." Shaquill Griffin Jersey . His head snapped back from the impact and hit the floor. The All-Star power forward was all right afterward, a relief for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Amara Darboh Seahawks Jersey . -- Henry Josey watched helplessly from the sideline last fall, rehabbing from a serious knee injury, while Missouri was getting pushed around in its first SEC season. PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby and Chuck Kobasew each scored his second goal of the season and Marc-Andre Fleury was nearly perfect again, making 20 saves to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 on Saturday night. Craig Adams also scored his second goal and Chris Kunitz converted a penalty shot to help the Penguins open 2-0 for the third straight season. Pittsburgh defenceman Matt Niskanen added two assists and forward Pascal Dupuis, playing in his 800th game, also had an assist. Fleury has sparkled through two games, turning aside 47 of 48 shots. He earned his 250th career victory and 24th shutout with a 3-0 win Thursday against New Jersey. Thomas Vanek spoiled Fleurys bid for another shutout at 15:06 of the third period. Fleury has displayed the confidence and poise unseen last spring when he lost the starting job to Tomas Vokoun after compiling a 3.40 goals-against average during an ugly first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders. The Penguins were disciplined defensively in front of Fleury, blocking pucks and limiting Buffalo to 14 shots through two periods, including five in the second. Fleury did his part during a late second-period power play, denying Tyler Ennis and Vaneks rebound in the slot, keeping the Penguins ahead by a pair after two periods. The Sabres (0-3) are approaching their worst start since opening 0-5 with two ties during the 1999-2000 season. Buffalo goalie Ryan&nbbsp;Miller was brilliant Friday, stopping 45 shots during a 1-0 home loss to Ottawa, but he missed Saturdays game with a lower body injury. Tedric Thompson Seahawks Jersey. He is expected to return for the Sabres home game Tuesday against Tampa Bay. Backup goalie Jhonas Enroth got the call Saturday, making 31 saves. He didnt get much help from the offensively challenged Sabres, who have two goals in their first three games. Buffalo, also 0 for 13 on the power play, is experiencing growing pains, starting three teenagers and five rookies. For the second straight game, Crosby and Kobasew staked the Penguins to a two-goal lead in the first period. Dupuis sent a spinning backhand pass from the slot to Crosby, who smacked his own rebound past Enroth, extending his point streak to 15 games against the Sabres. Kobasew struck 10 minutes later, deflecting Brandon Sutters slap shot from the point under Enroths glove. Kunitz put it away midway through the third when he scored on a penalty shot, banking the puck off Enroths body and into the net. NOTES: Penguins All-Star forward James Neal is week-to-week with an upper body injury. ... Sabres D Henrik Tallinder, who sustained an upper body injury Friday against Ottawa, will miss about a week. ... D Alexander Sulzer, recalled Saturday, was scratched for the Sabres along with John Scott. D Deryk Engelland sat out for the Penguins. ... 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