Sabres' Pominville knows he's still contributing despite a long goals slump.

February 2, 2018
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Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Jason Pominville started the season with six goals in his first 12 games. Since then, he has three goals in 39 games to give him nine on the season. Pominville is 35-years-old and on the down side of his career, so you can’t expect 30 goal seasons anymore. Pominville said scoring goals isn’t what he focuses on, “I don’t think about it, scoring goals is the last thing that’s on my mind, I just go out there and try to defend and not give up much and if you can chip in offensively, you chip in, if you can’t, you can’t.”

In 78 games with the Wild last season Pominville scored 13 goals. The year before that, he had 11 goals in 75 games. As far as why the production hasn’t been there, Pominville said, “I don’t know, it’s a tough question to answer, it is what it is, you just go out there and work and hopefully get the results.

“I don’t really see much difference, it’s just they’re not going in and it’s part of the game.”

Rasmus Ristolainen missed practice with Justin Falk slipping into his spot with Marco Scandella. Phil Housley said Ristolainen will play on Saturday against St. Louis, “Just a maintenance day, just little bumps and bruises.”

Housley said he’s thinking about inserting Nate Beaulieu into the lineup. He was in Josh Gorges' spot next to Casey Nelson. Nelson has played seven games since being recalled from Rochester. Things did not go well for him at all in his first two games, but things have improved according to Phil Housley, “I really like the way Casey’s playing, I think he moves the puck really well, he’s defending really well, his gaps are really tight and that’s why he remains in the lineup.”

Housley’s defensemen have had trouble getting shots through. Nelson had a real good chance against Florida breaking down the slot. Housley said, “You look at his shots from the point, he finds ways to get pucks through to the net, he’s uncanny in that way.”

Benoit Pouliot has been a healthy scratch for four of the last 11 games. Pouliot has said all along that he knows he must be better. Phil Housley said, “He understands where he’s at right now and he’s got to make the most of his opportunity when he gets back in the lineup, but understands that the detail of his game slipped a little bit and that’s why he’s out of the lineup.”

The Blues played in Boston on Thursday and practiced here on Friday.