BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — All-Star defenseman Rasmus Dahlin rejoined the Sabres starting lineup Saturday after missing the past three games with a lower-body injury.

Dahlin, who had been placed on injured reserve retroactive to last week while dealing with an issue that he said Friday has been bothering him for a period of time, received 15:43 of ice time, about a third of his season average that ranks among the league leaders, in the Sabres’ 5-3 win against the Lightning. He assisted on Tage Thompson’s goal in the first period and took two penalties, including one in the second period for kneeing that led to a skirmish involving multiple players on each team.

Ranking third among NHL defenseman with 63 points, the 22-year-old Dahlin remains on pace to break Phil Housley’s franchise record for points defenseman (81), and is considered a candidate for the Norris Trophy. He is fourth among NHL defenseman and sixth on the Sabres with 14 goals.

Dahlin skated on Buffalo’s top pair for Saturday’s game against the Lightning, alongside Mattias Samuelsson, who played in his 100th career game.

Newly-acquired Riley Stillman moved down to the third pair with Ilya Lyubushkin after playing with Samuelsson in his Sabres debut in Thursday’s 7-1 loss at Boston.


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