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Rasmus Ristolainen's talent tantalizes when the puck is on his right-handed stick blade and frustrates fans when he's attempting to protect the Buffalo Sabres' net. Ristolainen, a 24-year-old defenseman, has been plagued by the same mistakes over the six seasons since he was drafted 12th overall by former General Manager Darcy Regier. However, Ristolainen's struggles se…

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Rasmus Ristolainen said the six losing seasons he’s endured since the Buffalo Sabres drafted him with the eighth overall pick in 2013 have been difficult mentally, that change is inevitable when a franchise continues to fail to make the playoffs, and that players on the team need to hold each other more accountable. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound defenseman was the first playe…

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It's Game 80, as in three from the end. It's Home Game 40, as in two from the end. The Buffalo Sabres continue to play out the string Tuesday night in KeyBank Center against the Nashville Predators, and it's really the last time the Sabres can have any impact this year on the playoff race as their last two games are against fellow Eastern Conference lowlights Detroit an…

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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is part of TSN's Hockey Analytics team. Prior to joining TSN, Yost was a contributor at the Ottawa Citizen, the Sporting News and NHL Numbers, and he has been a consultant for an NHL franchise. He will be contributing breakdowns on the Buffalo Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. Follow Yos…

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Rasmus Ristolainen stood with his arms folded outside the Buffalo Sabres' dressing room, bit his lower lip and, in a voice barely above a whisper, uttered an expletive to describe his own play during the team's slide. The 24-year-old defenseman typically speaks confidently with his chest puffed out, no matter the circumstances, and has rarely shown such raw emotion sinc…

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Lo and behold, the Buffalo Sabres actually can play some defense. In the wake of Saturday's 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in KeyBank Center, the takeaway will be to see if that game is the outlier, the aberration in a group of performances that have been among the franchise's worst defensively in many years. There were plenty of sights for coach Phil Housley's s…

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Casey Mittelstadt was almost sabotaged by his Buffalo Sabres teammates. As the 20-year-old rookie center participated in the shootout portion of the Sabres Skills Challenge on Sunday, players from the opposing team shot 10 pucks down the ice to try to prevent him from scoring. Mittelstadt still managed to stick handle the puck between his legs and beat Carter Hutton to …

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The campaign to vote Jeff Skinner into the NHL All-Star Game is underway. One Buffalo, a marketing initiative of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, tweeted a picture of a sign that reads, "Jeff Skinner for Mayor of Buffalo," along with a link that directs people to the league's "Last Men In" ballot. Following the Buffalo Sabres' morning skate Thursday, coach Phil Housley …

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When the Buffalo Sabres returned to practice Friday, they were joined by one player who could provide the secondary scoring they have lacked since their 10-game winning streak ended nearly a month ago. Jason Pominville, who has missed three games since colliding with defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen during the third period of a 5-2 loss to Florida on Dec. 18, practiced Fri…

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ST. LOUIS – The Buffalo Sabres have had a lot of practice playing past regulation time this season and have enjoyed plenty of success. More than a third of the Sabres' games have stretched into overtime or shootouts. The total is an NHL-high 13 of the first 37 games and Buffalo is 8-5, also leading the league in victories after 60 minutes. Last season, Buffalo played…

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Rasmus Ristolainen did not see Jason Pominville until it was too late. The two Buffalo Sabres collided in the neutral zone during the third period, sending Pominville to the ice and causing Ristolainen to circle back to help his teammate to the bench. "Obviously you know I didn't see him," Ristolainen said in a quiet locker room Tuesday night. The devastating hit tha…

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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is currently part of TSN's Hockey Analytics team. Prior to joining TSN, Travis was a contributor at the Ottawa Citizen, the Sporting News and NHL Numbers, and has been a consultant for an NHL franchise. He will be contributing breakdowns on the Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. Follow Tr…

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Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner, Rasmus Ristolainen and Rasmus Dahlin are all on the ballot representing the Buffalo Sabres as fan voting has opened for the divisional captains for the NHL All-Star Game, slated for Jan. 26 in San Jose. Fan balloting determines the captain for each division and the Buffalo representatives figure to have a tough time outpointing the likes of Bo…

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Ten wins in a row. Say it slowly: Ten. Wins. In. A. Row. Think about that. It's the talk of the NHL. It's moving into talk-of-the-sports-world territory. It's historic for the Buffalo Sabres. And after all we've seen the last five years, it's just patently ridiculous. And that's said with the highest of compliments. Pinch yourself. It's real. Tuesday night's th…

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Rasmus Ristolainen gave the Sabres a 1-0 lead in the second period with a razzle dazzle, highlight-reel goal and then twirled his stick in celebration before holstering it on his hip. It immediately was deemed a Goal of the Year candidate on social media, as Sabres fans and media members admired the goal and the celebration. https:…