|Mar. 23 12:43 PM PT1:43 PM MT2:43 PM CT3:43 PM ET19:43 GMT3:43 12:43 PM MST2:43 PM EST23:43 UAE15:43 ETNaN:� BRT - The NHL has suspended Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen for three games following his blindside hit that led to Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel sustaining a concussion.
Analysis: The fine costs Buffalo's top defenseman $90,000 in a ruling announced Thursday, shortly after Ristolainen had a hearing with the league's department of player safety. The hit occurred about nine minutes into Pittsburgh's 3-1 win at Buffalo on Tuesday.
|Mar. 11 7:51 AM PT8:51 AM MT9:51 AM CT10:51 AM ET15:51 GMT23:51 8:51 AM MST10:51 AM EST19:51 UAE10:51 ETNaN:� BRT - Ristolainen scored in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: Friday's goal gave Ristolainen 41 points on the season to tie his career best from last year. He has tallied a point in 10 of the last 13 games, totaling a goal and nine assists.
|Mar. 7 7:14 PM PT8:14 PM MT9:14 PM CT10:14 PM ET3:14 GMT11:14 8:14 PM MST10:14 PM EST7:14 UAE (+1)22:14 ETNaN:� BRT - Ristolainen added to his career high with his 36th assist Tuesday against the Flyers.
Analysis: That gave him 40 points, one off his career best set last season. Ristolainen has recorded an assist in nine of his last 12 games.
|Feb. 18 12:36 PM PT1:36 PM MT2:36 PM CT3:36 PM ET20:36 GMT4:36 1:36 PM MST3:36 PM EST0:36 UAE (+1)15:36 ETNaN:� BRT - Ristolainen had an assist in his fourth straight game Saturday against the Blues.
Analysis: That gave him 31 assists, one shy of his career high set last season.
|Dec. 17 6:32 PM PT7:32 PM MT8:32 PM CT9:32 PM ET2:32 GMT10:32 7:32 PM MST9:32 PM EST6:32 UAE (+1)21:32 ETNaN:� BRT - Ristolainen had a five-game point streak snapped in Saturday's shootout loss to Carolina.
Analysis: Ristolainen had two goals and seven assists during his run. His 21 points put him one behind Kyle Okposo for the team lead.
|Dec. 17 8:39 AM PT9:39 AM MT10:39 AM CT11:39 AM ET16:39 GMT0:39 9:39 AM MST11:39 AM EST20:39 UAE11:39 ETNaN:� BRT - Ristolainen scored 42 seconds into overtime and added an assist to give the Sabres a 3-2 comeback victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night.
Analysis: ''I love to play overtime,'' said Ristolainen, who also scored in the extra period in Buffalo's 4-3 victory over Edmonton on Dec. 6. He has two goals and seven assists during a five-game point streak.
|Dec. 13 6:23 PM PT7:23 PM MT8:23 PM CT9:23 PM ET2:23 GMT10:23 7:23 PM MST9:23 PM EST6:23 UAE (+1)21:23 ETNaN:� BRT - Ristolainen had two assists Tuesday to stay hot.
Analysis: He has one goal and nine assists over his last seven games.
|Dec. 7 9:41 AM PT10:41 AM MT11:41 AM CT12:41 PM ET17:41 GMT1:41 10:41 AM MST12:41 PM EST21:41 UAE12:41 ETNaN:� BRT - Ristolainen's first goal of the season came Tuesday on the power play in overtime, giving Buffalo a 4-3 win over Edmonton. He also had two assists.
Analysis: Ristolainen has seven points in his last five games. He played a season-high 29:58 of ice time Tuesday and continues to lead Buffalo in that category.
|Dec. 1 6:09 PM PT7:09 PM MT8:09 PM CT9:09 PM ET2:09 GMT10:09 7:09 PM MST9:09 PM EST6:09 UAE (+1)21:09 ETNaN:� BRT - Ristolainen had an assist Thursday.
Analysis: He has three in the last two games to give him 12 on the season.
|Nov. 5 6:29 PM PT7:29 PM MT8:29 PM CT9:29 PM ET1:29 GMT9:29 6:29 PM MST8:29 PM EST5:29 UAE (+1)21:29 ETNaN:� BRT - Ristolainen picked up another assist Saturday.
Analysis: He has eight in Buffalo's first 11 games.
|Oct. 29 12:26 PM PT1:26 PM MT2:26 PM CT3:26 PM ET19:26 GMT3:26 12:26 PM MST2:26 PM EST23:26 UAE15:26 ETNaN:� BRT - Ristolainen had another assist Saturday.
Analysis: He has seven in Buffalo's first seven games.
|Oct. 17 6:39 AM PT7:39 AM MT8:39 AM CT9:39 AM ET13:39 GMT21:39 6:39 AM MST8:39 AM EST17:39 UAE9:39 ETNaN:� BRT - Ristolainen had three assists in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Oilers.
Analysis: He has four assists in two games.
|Oct. 11 11:48 AM PT12:48 PM MT1:48 PM CT2:48 PM ET18:48 GMT2:48 11:48 AM MST1:48 PM EST22:48 UAE14:48 ET15:48 BRT - The Buffalo Sabres have signed Ristolainen to a six-year, $32.4 million contract.
Analysis: Ristolainen was a restricted free agent whose rights were retained by the Sabres, and the signing was completed Tuesday, two days before Buffalo opens the regular season hosting the Montreal Canadiens.
|Sep. 30 8:18 AM PT9:18 AM MT10:18 AM CT11:18 AM ET15:18 GMT23:18 8:18 AM MST10:18 AM EST19:18 UAE11:18 ET12:18 BRT - Ristolainen is a restricted free agent whose rights were retained by the Sabres in June. After representing Finland in the World Cup of Hockey, Ristolainen reported to the Sabres on Thursday in what was regarded as a sign of good faith.
Analysis: Though he's not allowed to play because he's not under contract, Ristolainen is practicing with the team and also taking part in meetings. In three seasons, Buffalo's 2013 first-round draft pick has established himself as the Sabres' top defenseman. Last year, Ristolainen led the team in averaging more than 25 minutes of ice time per game, and led Buffalo defensemen with 41 points (nine goals, 32 assists).