(The following questions were submitted by fans through Sabres.com and the Weekly Report, a weekly recap that is delivered to Sabres Insider's email.)
Is there any specific goal you set to accomplish at the end of the season? How has the perception of this team changed from the beginning of the season to now? Charlie Brooks from Brockport, New York BC: I didn't really set a specific goal. I just wanted to have a good, solid year, and become a player that can be counted on every night. I think that I had to prove that I could play on a regular basis and that was really one of the goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the season. I just want to be in the lineup each and every night, and have fun playing.
There is a lot of excitement about this team that wasn't really there at the start of the season. The community of Buffalo has just been amazing. Fans are starting to really take notice and the atmosphere at games has gotten wild again. The fans seem very grateful for the work that we're doing on the ice, and we're very grateful for their support at the games and around the community.
I was wondering what your favorite part of being a Buffalo Sabre is? Nicole Santiago from Lakeview, New York BC: I just love playing hockey here. I love the city of Buffalo and the fact that it's close to my home in Strathroy, Ontario. My parents can come down anytime they want. It's your childhood dream to be able to play hockey near your home. Everybody always asks where you want to play or the best place to play, but I'm really happy here. I'm from a small town and this isn't too big of a city, so it's right up my alley.
Who do you like to play against in practice the most? Why? Mike Ertel from North Tonawanda, NY Brian Campbell: Marty Biron. We always have a good battle going out there.
What do you like about Buffalo? Katie F BC: I like how friendly the people are in Buffalo. There are a lot of good people here and that's the best thing about the city.
As a professional hockey player, what do you think is the most important part of being a defensemen? Keith Szewczyk from Lackawanna, NY BC: I would have to say the ability to skate. Everything you do on the ice starts with your skating.
How has doubling your career goals total this season and scoring four game-winners improved your self-esteem and your game-play? Roxane Odjick from Maniwaki, Quebec BC: I think it is just me getting older, more experienced and more opportunities to play every night. I've been able to get my game going and have been fortunate enough to be put into situations where I can succeed. That's main reason I have been finding the back of the net.
When did you start playing hockey? Dan Wypij from Alden, NY BC: I started when I was four years old.
Who were some of the defensemen you idolized when you were a young player? Why do you wear number 51? Adam Mathews from Cortland, NY BC: I wear number 51 because they gave it to me when I first got here in 1999-00. I played right away that year, so I just kept it. I really don't care what number I wear. As for defensemen, I really liked watching Paul Coffey play. He really could skate, move the puck and liked to jump up into plays.
What's your favorite movie? What actress would you want to date if you could? Who would play you in a movie of your life? Rich Jeweller from Buffalo, N.Y. BC: Favorite movie, "The Fugitive". Actress, Jessica Alba. Actor in a movie about my life, Ashton Kutcher.