Sabres' Pominville appreciates scoring 700 NHL points

Buffalo faces a red-hot Montreal team on Thursday

Paul Hamilton
October 25, 2018 - 12:51 pm

Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports


Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - In 996 NHL games, Jason Pominville has scored 279 goals with 422 assists for 701 points. Pominville almost didn’t have a career in Buffalo as he was waived in 2005 and sent down to Rochester.

Pominville is never a player that pouts and he went down and scored 19 goals and 26 points in just 18 games. That earned him a spot in the NHL.

Pominville only got 57 games in Buffalo that year, but it was still enough time to score 18 goals. As far as 700 points, Pominville likes the fact he’s been able to last that long, “It means I’ve been around for a little while,” Pominville said with a laugh. “It means a lot. You grow up wanting to play in the NHL and I was fortunate to play one and then I played two and then three and now I’m closing in on some pretty cool milestones and that’s definitely one of them that I’m pretty proud of.”

As far as having to postpone his NHL career, Pominville said the whole experience including the lockout made him who he is today, “I still feel like that lockout helped me having the staff like Lindy, Darcy, our assistants were at every game and I think the biggest thing was coming into the league I was ready to play in every situation, I was trusted in every situation and I was able to benefit from it for sure.”

Pominville started the season with Evan Rodrigues and Zemgus Girgensons and was lucky to play nine minutes in a game. In two games with Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner, the winger has a goal and three assists for four points and played over 20 minutes in Anaheim. He likes the immediate chemistry the line had, “We all bring different things. Skinner when he’s going is really good on the forecheck and his stick is really good and his puck protection down low, he’s not the biggest guy, but he uses his turns and his edges really well.

“He’s one of those guys that I’m sure D hate to play against because he’s always in there and always finds a way to get his stick on the puck and Eichs his playing ability and his shooting ability, the way he sees the ice and I’ve been a guy that’s pretty much seen every situation and has been in every situation so I think we complement each other well.”

Skinner has five goals and seven points in his last five games. Eichel has four assists in his last two games.

As Pominville sat for long stretches during games, he couldn’t have been happy, but he is not a plyer that sits and complains, “I’m all in, I’ll do whatever it takes to try to help the team get to where it needs to be and I’m willing to play wherever.”

The lines will remain the same as they were in Anaheim, which means the healthy scratches are Remi Elie, Nate Beaulieu and Tage Thompson. This will be the third game in a row that the young Thompson will sit and Phil Housley said that will change soon, “We’ll have more on an evaluation on what his situation will be like tomorrow, but I just think giving him a different perspective and I know we need him to be playing games, but right now with where we are at and winning two games, obviously we’re not going to change our lineup, so he will get an opportunity to get back into the lineup shortly.”

Cater Hutton is in the crease once again. Hutton is 3-4-0 with a 3.09 goals against and .909 save percentage. Hutton will face Antii Niemi, who is 2-0-0 with a 2.88 goals against and .893 save percentage.

Montreal is a surprising 5-1-2 this season, which has them in third place in the Atlantic Division, one point in back of Tampa Bay and two behind Toronto. The Habs have points in five consecutive games going 4-0-1.

Jonathan Drouin and Max Domi are players that have struggled throughout much of their young careers, but Domi has eight points in eight games, while Drouin has seven.

Tomas Tatar came over from Vegas and has three goals and five assists in eight games.

Montreal’s new captain Shea Weber has not played a game this year with a knee injury.

Join Schopp and the Bulldog for the pre-game show starting at 6:00 live from (716) Food and Sport. Joining them will be Phil Housley, Jeff Skinner and Jason Pominville.

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