The Sabres are going to be without Rasmus Ristolainen for longer than originally planned.
"It's more of a week-to-week situation right now," coach Phil Housley said Thursday.
Ristolainen suffered an upper-body injury last Thursday in Arizona. He was listed as day-to-day, but Housley downgraded the defenseman after he missed two games and has yet to practice.
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-…
Rasmus Ristolainen took a general approach.
"I've just got to get better," the Sabres defenseman said Thursday. "That's it. I don't think I find one area that's been good all the time, but it's just all-around. I've got to just be better everywhere."
Phil Housley, after a quick compliment, was more specific.
"Risto has done a terrific job," the coach said in KeyBa…
The retooling of the defense was a major storyline for the Buffalo Sabres' summer. But when the club hit the ice for practice Sunday morning in HarborCenter -- essentially the first workout with its regular season roster -- the blueline corps was a tad disheveled.
It could mean that, just like last year, the Sabres are going to lean heavily on Rasmus Ristolainen.
Before the Sabres took the ice, they got together on the golf course. There was a long-drive contest, and Phil Housley was interested to see who bombed the ball longest.
Once he learned it was Marco Scandella, the coach broke into a big grin.
"It was good to see a D-man hit the long drive," the former defenseman said.
The blue-liners have to keep soaring for Buffa…
After arriving for physicals and meetings Thursday, the Sabres will take the ice for the first time Friday. Here are Five Things to Watch as Buffalo prepares for the 2017-18 season.
1. Who will skate alongside Jack Eichel?
Sam Reinhart has been Eichel's right-hand man. Heck, they even rode a tandem bicycle to the arena Thursday. (Really, they did.)
There's disagreement in the Sabres' locker room, but the quarrel has nothing to do with what happens on the ice.
The Manchester United vs. Liverpool rivalry is fierce, and the effects ripple all the way to Buffalo's professional hockey team, where Red Devils fan Johan Larsson and Reds supporter Rasmus Ristolainen can exchange banter from across the locker room.