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Ristolainen back with Sabres, in for Myers

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 3:04 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Ristolainen back with Sabres, in for Myers

The Buffalo Sabres recalled defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen mus from Rochester of the American Hockey League on Saturday and he will take the place of Tyler Myers against the New York Islanders.

Myers sustained an upper-body injury Friday in a 4-2 road loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Defenseman Alexander Sulzer also was injured following a hit from Jiri Tlusty and will be out at least a week.

Ristolainen was the Sabres' first-round selection (No. 8) in the 2013 NHL Draft. It will be his first NHL action since Nov. 16.

The 19-year-old started the season in Buffalo, with one goal and a minus-4 rating in 19 games before being sent to Rochester, where he had six goals and 18 points in 30 games.

"I'm sure Rasmus thought he was capable of playing at this level at that time, and rightfully so," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said after the morning skate. "There's nothing like some good tutelage and development to make you a good player."

The Sabres will start goalie Jhonas Enroth against the Islanders, spelling recent acquisition Michal Neuvirth, who has stopped 93 of 98 shots in two losses since coming in a trade from the Washington Capitals.

Nolan was pleased by the competitive spirit the goaltenders have cultivated since franchise goalie Ryan Miller was traded to the St. Louis Blues.

"Since the Ryan Miller trade, these two young kids were given an opportunity and they're both battling for an opportunity, which is great," Nolan said. "There's nothing like internal competition to get the best out of any athlete."

Another young goalie, Anders Nilsson, will start for the New York Islanders, who held an optional skate after losing 4-3 Friday to the San Jose Sharks. Defenseman Matt Carkner will replace Matt Donovan in the lineup.

Here are the projected lineups for the Sabres and Islanders:

SABRES

Cory Conacher - Tyler Ennis - Drew Stafford

Marcus Foligno - Cody Hodgson - Matt D'Agostini

Nicolas Deslauriers - Brian Flynn - Ville Leino

John Scott - Zenon Konopka - Matt Ellis

Rasmus Ristolainen - Mike Weber

Christian Ehrhoff - Chad Ruhwedel

Jamie McBain - Henrik Tallinder

Michal Neuvirth

Jhonas Enroth

Injured: Chris Stewart (ankle), Zemgus Girgensons (lower body), Torrey Mitchell (foot), Tyler Myers (upper body), Alexander Sulzer (undisclosed)

ISLANDERS

Matt Martin - Frans Nielsen - Kyle Okposo

Josh Bailey - Brock Nelson - Cal Clutterbuck

Anders Lee- Ryan Strome - Colin McDonald

Mike Halmo - Casey Cizikas - Johan Sundstrom

Lubomir Visnovsky - Thomas Hickey

Travis Hamonic - Calvin de Haan

Brian Strait - Matt Carkner

Anders Nilsson

Evgeni Nabokov

Scratched: Radek Martinek, Matt Donovan, Kevin Czuczman

Injured: John Tavares (knee), Michael Grabner (concussion), Eric Boulton (hand)

Quote of the Day

What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp