Buffalo Sabres sniper Jason Pominville will be logging on to Sabres.com and give his insight into the Sabres throughout the 2007-08 season. The sharp-shooting 25-year-old set career highs last season in games played (82), goals (34), assists (34), points (68) and plus/minus rating (plus-25).
Seriously, I haven't ever seen this type of a playoff race. Even in the Western Conference, it's really tight as well. It's going to be a battle. We're going to have to work for every point we get.
We know how good we can be, but we've got to keep going out there and proving it. Lately, our play has been much better and we have gotten rewarded with wins.
But the standings are really weird right now. If we win tonight in regulation, we could jump Boston a be in a playoff position. This is where we want to be. We've got a few games in hand on some of the other teams - games that are important for us to make up ground - so we've just got to make sure we stay focused.
This season has even been a little strange for me personally.
Last year, it seemed like the play most times was going predominantly on the other side of the ice and finishing with me. This year it's seemed like it's been the other way around. I just end up getting more assists and goals right now.
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I don't know, maybe having a left-handed centerman may make a little bit of a difference. But I don't know if that would be the main thing or not.
Looking at last year, Danny [Briere] was a righty so his first play was probably to the left side with with forehand. Now with Jochen [Hecht], he's a lefty so going to the right side may be his first option.
It's different but I think I'm capable of doing both - shooting or passing - if I have to. Obviously, I'd like to be able to help the team more by scoring either goals or assists.
---------------------------------------------------------------- Fan Submitted Questions
Who would you say is the most challenging team or player to play against and why? -- Becky from Rochester, NY
That's a good question. Challenging player, I would have to say Sidney Crosby. He's just so good in every area. He's strong for a guy that's not that old. He's good down low and sees the ice really well. He'd probably be the most challenging player.
As for most challenging team, I haven't see Detroit yet, but looking at them they look like a team that has everything it takes. For teams we've played, it would have to be Anaheim.
Would you like Buffalo to come across to the UK? Do you think there would be potential for a pre-season game somewhere outside of London (i.e Dundee)? -- Richard Gray from Edinburgh, Scotland
That would be really nice. I've never been to Europe so it's something that I would definitely like to do eventually. I think LA and Anaheim got to go there a few days ahead of time and got to see some of the sights. From what I've heard or read, it seemed like a good experience for them anyway.
What does your necklace signify, I noticed that you wear it every game and I wondered if it has a special meaning? -- Katie Kay from East Concord, NY
You know it's just something that I've worn since I was younger. I never really took it off that often then, so I just keep it on now. Hopefully, it's a lucky charm.
What is the best joke that you have seen played on either you or a teammate? -- Lynn Wesolowski from West Seneca, NY
It was probably actually played on myself and Paul Gaustad last year. In Montreal, we got to the hotel pretty late and had practice the next day. So Paul and I hurried up and grabbed the order form for breakfast. I picked eggs and he had oatmeal or whatever. The door next to us was Danny [Briere] and Marty [Biron]. When they found out that was our room, they took the order form and just start filling out everything. Pancakes, hash browns, muffins, sausage... all kinds of different stuff.
So the next morning, I answer the door to get the food. I started bringing stuff into the room and was like, "Paul, my god, were you starving or something?"
He knew right away that it was Dan and Marty for sure.
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