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55 Rasmus Ristolainen D

Buffalo Sabres

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December 7, 2019 09:40 PM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Grabs two helpers Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ristolainen collected two assists in Saturday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Canucks.

The 25-year-old extended his point streak to five games with the performance, and it's no coincidence his hot streak has come while Rasmus Dahlin (concussion) has been sidelined. Ristolainen now has two goals and 14 points through 30 games on the year.

December 6, 2019 02:20 AM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Snags helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ristolainen posted an assist and three hits in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Flames.

Ristolainen's shot attempt was tipped in by Sam Reinhart to open the scoring in the first period. The Finnish blueliner has a four-game point streak, with a goal and three helpers in that span. Ristolainen is up to 12 points, 91 hits and 58 shots on goal in 29 games this season. He's on track for his lowest point output since 2014-15, but his physical contributions should offset the lack of offense for fantasy owners.

November 21, 2019 11:08 PM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Gets goal monkey off back
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ristolainen scored a power-play goal in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Boston.

Ristolainen finally lit the lamp in his 22nd game of the season. While he's yielded most of the power-play time to young stud Rasmus Dahlin, Ristolainen should still pick up the scoring pace moving forward considering he's eclipsed 40 points in each of the four previous seasons.

November 18, 2019 10:04 AM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Physical against Chicago
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ristolainen recorded three shots on net, six hits, two blocked shots and a minus-1 rating in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks.

Ristolainen's back in the negatives with a minus-1 rating on the season, but it's a hefty improvement from last year's league-worst minus-41 mark. The 25-year-old continues to be a physical force on Buffalo's blue line, too, as he paces the squad with 74 hits. It's tough to depend on Ristolainen for fantasy purposes, though, as his offensive game has taken a hit with just seven points -- one on the power play -- through 20 games.

October 22, 2019 11:52 PM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Two helpers in OT win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ristolainen notched two assists in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Sharks.

The 24-year-old was instrumental in the winner, firing a shot that just trickled behind Martin Jones before Jack Eichel tapped it home in a scrum. Ristolainen has a solid five points, all assists, in 10 games to begin the season.

October 18, 2019 02:36 AM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Generates power-play assist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ristolainen picked up an assist on the man advantage in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Kings.

The Finnish defenseman has produced three assists, 15 hits and 21 shots on goal in eight games this season. Ristolainen has topped 40 points in each of the last four campaigns, so it's likely he'll pick up the pace in due time.

October 17, 2019 06:08 PM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Off to slow start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ristolainen has two points through seven games for Buffalo.

After posting four consecutive 40-point campaigns, Ristolainen has had a relatively slow start to 2019-20. He has two assists, both generated during blowout victories. Rasmus Dahlin has been the catalyst on defense for Buffalo so far, forcing Ristolainen down to the second power-play unit. His value should be considered lower than usual for the time being.

September 24, 2019 10:08 AM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Fit to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ristolainen (illness) returned to practice Tuesday, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.

Ristolainen missed Monday's practice due to an illness, but whatever he was dealing with clearly wasn't overly serious. He should be good to go for Wednesday's preseason matchup with Columbus.

September 23, 2019 08:32 PM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Sitting out practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ristolainen won't practice Monday due to an illness.

This shouldn't be a long-term issue for Ristolainen, as he's considered day-to-day. The Sabres' next preseason game is Wednesday versus the Blue Jackets, but Ristolainen may not have been scheduled to play anyway since he's locked into a top-four role on the blue line after registering 43 points in the position last year. He's also believed to be on the trade block.

April 7, 2019 02:56 PM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Registers two points in finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 2, 2019 12:16 PM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Will return Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 31, 2019 05:44 PM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Out Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 29, 2019 01:24 PM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Still sidelined Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 28, 2019 03:16 PM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Out again Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 26, 2019 05:40 PM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Out with illness Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 4, 2019 10:52 PM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Productive in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 20, 2019 01:28 AM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Will play against Panthers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 19, 2019 01:52 AM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Game-time decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 9, 2019 05:52 PM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Puts body on line
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

January 30, 2019 04:40 PM
Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen: Riding four-game point streak
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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L 5 - 6 (OT)
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