Sabres' Pominville is emotional about his possible last game in Buffalo

Jason Pominville doesn't know what the future will bring for him

Paul Hamilton
April 04, 2019 - 12:51 pm

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Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Jason Pominville hasn’t announced anything yet on his future, but he was very emotional on Thursday morning knowing this could be his last game in Buffalo.

Pominville has played 731 games as a Sabre, which is 69% of his career. He said he hadn’t thought about it until the morning commute, “Not really until probably the drive in this morning, but before that besides you guys asking me not much to thinking about it, but it is definitely a possibility, but I just want to enjoy the moment, enjoy the day and see where we stand after.”

When Pominville started talking about his time here he really got emotional, “I’ve tried to soak in everything. Since I’ve been drafted all I wanted to do was wear this sweater and I’ve been fortunate enough to do it for a while, but the drive in this morning, yes……I definitely had to think about it for sure.”

There haven’t been too many classier individuals that have walked into that Sabres dressing room than Jason Pominville. He respects the game, players, coaches and media at all times. He’s a dying breed of player. He doesn’t openly mock media members or staff in the locker room.

It means something to Pominville to wear that Sabres crest across his chest. That’s been lost in the last 10 years or so in Buffalo, but not by him.

Alex Nylander can’t play Thursday because he got cut in the back of the leg on Tuesday and needed stiches. Nylander has two goals and two assist in his 12 games since being recalled.

With this being the last home game, it’s fan appreciation night. Last season, Buffalo was 11-25-5 in this building. Despite winning just one of their last eight home games, the Sabres are 20-15-5 this year. Phil Housley appreciates what fans have gone through, “I want to thank them for their support even through the tough times. I know it hasn’t been easy, but our home record has been a lot better this season this year, not recently, but we appreciate them.”

Carter Hutton will be in net for Buffalo.

Goalie Joey Daccord just signed with Ottawa out of Arizona State. Thursday will be his first NHL game.

The Senators blew Buffalo out of the building in Ottawa on March 26, and the worst team in the NHL has beaten the Sabres two out of three games. The one win for Buffalo was here and it was 9-2.

Ottawa has won four out of six games, but the only decent team they beat was Toronto.

Rookie Brady Tkachuk has 22 goals and has been hot lately. He has six goals in his last eight games.

Tkachuk was Casey Mittelstadt’s winger on Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo. Both ripped up that tournament and Tkachuk has had no trouble jumping into the NHL. Mittelstadt has struggled mightily in his first full NHL season. In 69 games, Tkachuk has 22 goals and 23 assists for 45 points, while in 75 games, Mittelstadt has 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points.

Buffalo is now 28th in the NHL with a points percentage of .450. New Jersey is at .438, while Los Angeles is .431. The Senators have clinched 31st spot at .400. 

 

Thursday’s lines:

Skinner - Rodrigues - Okposo

Olofsson - Eichel - Reinhart

Wilson - Mittelstadt - Sheary

Girgensons - Larsson - Pominville

 

Dahlin - Ristolainen

McCabe - Montour

Pilut - Nelson 

 

Join Schopp and the Bulldog for the pre-game at 6:00 live from (716) Food and Sport when they’ll be joined by Phil Housley, Jeff Skinner and Jason Pominville.

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