Ristolainen tallied two assists with two PIM and two hits in Monday's 4-2 win over the Islanders. Ristolainen came into the night without a point in his previous eight games, but he put that to bed with an assist on Tage Thompson's power-play goal in the second period. Ristolainen also had the lone assist on Sam Reinhart's goal-ahead tally late in the final frame. The 26-year-old defenseman has 16 points in 46 games on the season.
Ristolainen picked up two assists while adding six hits and three blocked shots in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Capitals. The 26-year-old made an impact all over the ice and helped set up Buffalo's final two goals, but he wasn't able to will the club to a better result, Ristolainen has two multi-point performances in his last six games, but on the season he's managed only four goals and 13 points through 33 contests.
Ristolainen put up two assists, four blocked shots and six hits in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Flyers. Ristolainen was instrumental in helping the Sabres end their brutal 18-game losing skid, putting it all on the line from both ends of the ice and asserting himself physically. The veteran blueliner didn't mark the scoresheet much at all during the team's slump, but he was in vintage form Wednesday.
Ristolainen has been held off the scoresheet in the past nine games. After scoring points in back-to-back contests at the start of March, Ristolainen has been unable to provide any offense. He has three goals and five assists in 23 appearances this season. He scored 40 or more points in four consecutive seasons, followed by 33 points last year. All told, Ristolainen's fantasy output is at its lowest point since 2015-16.
Ristolainen (not injury related) will play in Saturday's game versus the Flyers, Heather Engel of NHL.com reports. Ristolainen is back in action after missing the last seven games due to a stint in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol and the subsequent conditioning required afterward. The 26-year-old averaged 23:34 of ice time per game, recording six points through 10 contests, prior to his absence. He's expected to play in the top four once again.
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