In his return from a 10-game absence against Edmonton on Friday night, Rasmus Ristolainen's stat line included just about everything one could ask for from a top-pair defenseman. He kept up with his league-leading pace at 27:32 of ice time, recorded two assists, blocked six shots and delivered five shots on goal.
The one feat that eluded him, and has eluded all of Buffalo's defensemen this season, is a goal of his own.
"I've been thinking about it personally for myself, why I haven't scored," Ristolainen said. "I've had a lot of shots, some chances ... I've got to keep working, keep shooting. Early in the year we maybe were struggling with our net-front presence, and I feel that now it's been there. We've got to keep shooting, and one day it will go in, for sure."