DALLAS – Rasmus Ristolainen was late to the victory party after the Sabres' last game. If they win again Saturday in Dallas, he'll miss the party altogether.
Buffalo's No. 1 defenseman is out with an upper-body injury suffered during Thursday's 5-4 victory in Arizona. He met with an athletic trainer after the game before heading into the dressing room.
"He's a day-to-day situation right now," coach Phil Housley said Saturday. "Obviously, you lose a guy like that who logs a lot of minutes, plays in every situation, we're going to have to spread that around a little bit, rely on other guys. But other guys are getting opportunities. That's the way they've got to look at it."
Taylor Fedun will take Ristolainen's spot in the lineup. During the morning skate in American Airlines Center, Fedun worked with Jake McCabe and Victor Antipin, while Marco Scandella, Justin Falk and Matt Tennyson took turns at the other end.
Ristolainen has no goals, five assists and a minus-4 rating in 13 games while skating 27:09 per night, the most in the NHL.
Buffalo was already missing Zach Bogosian (lower body), Nathan Beaulieu (upper body) and Josh Gorges (lower body) on the blue line. Housley has yet to dress his top six defensemen in a game.
"Eventually, we'll get there," Housley said. "I know all the guys are making good progress and moving in the right direction. It's just part of the game, but like I said it gives another guy an opportunity."
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