Ristolainen dished out two assists and went plus- 2 in Saturday's win over the Red Wings.
Ristolainen finished the season on a three-game, four-point streak. This helped boost the 24-year-old to his fourth straight 40-point season, but he also finished with his sixth straight negative plus-minus rating, bottoming out at minus-41 this season. It's fair to credit that stat to a stagnant offense and Ristolainen's whopping average of 24:38 TOI, but fantasy owners would like to see him improve on those marks next season.
Ristolainen (illness) will rejoin the lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Predators.
Ristolainen will ultimately miss four games due to illness, but he was struggling mightily prior to that. The sixth-year blueliner recorded an atrocious minus-8 rating over the six games before his injury, dropping his season mark to a whopping minus-42. HIs value is certainly diminished in leagues that include the stat, but it jumps in ones that don't thanks to his 39 points over 75 games.
Ristolainen (illness) will not play in Sunday's game against Columbus.
The 6-foot-4 blueliner has now missed the last four games with his ailment. Ristolainen sits just one point shy of his fourth straight 40-point campaign, but it's unclear when he'll return to action.
Ristolainen (illness) will not travel for Saturday's game against the Islanders.
Ristolainen will skip his third consecutive contest due to illness, likely opening the door for either Will Borgen or Matt Tennyson to draw in. The offensive-minded blueliner's next chance to return arrives Sunday against the Blue Jackets.
Ristolainen (illness) will remain sidelined for Thursday's game against the Red Wings.
Ristolainen continues to battle a bug, leaving fantasy rosters without a well-rounded blueliner (minus rating) for a second straight contest. Will Borgen seems likely to replace him among the pairings for a second straight game, while Ristolainen will need to wait until at least Saturday versus the Islanders to return.
Ristolainen won't draw into Tuesday's game against the Senators due to illness, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Given the nature of Ristolainen's absence, he's likely considered day-to-day heading into Thursday's tilt versus the Red Wings. Newly recalled Will Borgen will take Ristolainen's place among the defensive pairings, though Borgen's limited offensive upside will likely leave him off of the power-play units.
Ristolainen provided a power-play assist and three shots on goal in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Oilers.
The Finnish defenseman recorded three hits and two blocked shots in the contest. Ristolainen has three assists and 33 hits over his last eight appearances. For the season, he's up to 39 points in 66 games with 203 hits, and he has 104 blocks and 159 shots on goal as well. With production across so many categories and a coveted first-unit power-play position, Ristolainen is a valuable defenseman to fantasy owners that can offset his minus-33 rating.
Ristolainen (undisclosed) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Panthers, Mike Harrington of TBN Sports reports.
It looks like the big Finn will manage to avoid even one game off after getting banged up. Ristolainen has 36 points in 58 games, and is a key cog on the power play. He'll face a Panthers team that ranks in the bottom five in GAA.
Ristolainen (undisclosed) will be a game-time call versus the Panthers on Tuesday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Ristolainen was absent from practice and coach Phil Housley didn't provide any additional details in regard to the nature of the defenseman's issue. If Zach Bogosian (undisclosed) is also unable to suit up Tuesday, the Sabres may need to bring in a player from the minors to fill out their blue line.
Ristolainen had a power-play assist and five blocked shots in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Red Wings.
This is the third time Ristolainen has blocked five shots in a game this season. More notably, the assist extended his point streak to four games, and the Finnish blueliner has registered nine assists over his last nine games. With 36 points in 54 games, including 12 on the power play, Ristolainen is a high-end No. 2 defenseman despite the minus-16 rating he carries.
Ristolainen will look to extend his point streak to five games during Wednesday's meeting with Dallas.
Ristolainen picked up an assist in Tuesday's win over Columbus, and now has four assists in his past four games, but also has a minus-5 rating during that span. He's amassed 31 points in 49 games this season, putting him on pace for a career-high 51 points.
Ristolainen scored an unassisted goal in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Bruins.
His tally late in the third period was a nice individual effort, as he stole a pass at center ice, moved into the Boston zone and ruined Tuukka Rask's shutout bid with a wrister from the circle. Ristolainen now has two goals and 11 points in his last 14 games, and after three straight 40-point campaigns, the 24-year-old blueliner seems ready to take his game to another level.
Ristolainen has a three-game point streak heading into the Christmas break. He also has nine points in 10 December contests.
This is what we've come to expect from the Finnish defenseman. Ristolainen has had at least 41 points in each of his last three seasons, and he has 24 through 37 games this season. He's still playing a ton of minutes, even with the presence of wunderkind Rasmus Dahlin, and for at least this season is the primary offensive force for the Sabres.
Ristolainen had the primary assist on Jack Eichel's and Jeff Skinner's power-play goals in a 4-3 overtime win over Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Assists are the reason to have Ristolainen in your lineup, and he continues to produce at a high level in that category, recording five in his past three games. The points on the power play are a nice addition, and owners have to be happy with the effort he's given them this year.
Ristolainen scored and added four shots on net with three hits in a 3-2 overtime victory against the Sharks on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old continues to rack up hits and blocks, but this season, he's also scoring a little. He has three goals and 14 points in 25 games, which puts him on pace to match his career-high 45. With a minus-8 rating, Ristolainen is still a bit of a liability, but if owners can live with that, he is a solid contributor everywhere else.
Ristolainen notched two assists while logging 26:56 of ice time in Monday's 5-4 comeback victory over the Penguins.
It was good to see Ristolainen hit the scoresheet, as he had been dealing with a bit of a slump prior to Monday's contest, going scoreless through his past three appearances. The Finnish blueliner has been a workhorse for the Sabres this season, averaging a whopping 25:21 of ice time per contest, but he's generally tasked with shutting down the opponent's top line on a nightly basis, a role that doesn't necessarily lend itself to high-end offensive production.
Ristolainen has been playing well despite a minus rating, Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News reports.
Ristolainen has been Buffalo's No. 1 defenseman, and anchors the top power-play unit. His minus-11 rating may be viewed as cause for concern, and while there's room for improvement, he's not to blame for every goal allowed when he's on the ice. He's been taking more chances offensively, which has resulted in nine points through 18 games thus far. The team is having its most successful season in recent memory, and Ristolainen has played a key role in Buffalo's climb out of the basement.
Ristolainen scored Thursday's game-winning goal in a 6-5 overtime win against the Canadiens.
Ristolainen beat Canadiens netminder Carey Price with a shot from the top of the circle in overtime, a puck that Price, by most accounts, should've stopped. The game-winner was the 24-year-old defenseman's first goal since Oct. 21 and gives him two goals and seven points in 16 games in 2018-19.
Ristolainen scored a power-play goal, his first tally of the season, Sunday in a 4-2 win over the Ducks.
Ristolainen isn't even the most high-profile Rasmus on the Sabres now, but there's a lot to like about him. He's been particularly good on the power play. The Finnish defenseman has at least 21 points with the extra man in each of his last three seasons, and he already has three this year.
Ristolainen dished out a power-play assist and two shots on goal during 25:40 of ice time in Monday's 4-2 win over the Golden Knights.
Ristolainen paced the squad in ice time as he notched his second helper -- both with the man advantage -- in as many games. The 23-year-old looks comfortable manning the top defensive pairing and power-play units as he looks to eclipse 40 points for the fourth straight season.
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