Beleskey picked up five PIM on Tuesday in a 9-2 loss to the Kings. He also connected with Brad Marchand for his 18th assist of the season, albeit with a minus-2 rating in the game. Beleskey was sent to the box for fighting winger Andy Andreoff, hence the five PIM and lowest amount of ice time (12:46) he's had in the past five games. Remember, this is Beleskey's first year as a Bruin, having secured a five-year deal in free agency following a 22-goal campaign with the Ducks. Beleskey is averaging 15:42 of ice time this season - which is the most he's earned in seven years of NHL service time - but the Bruins haven't needed his services on the power play to the degree that Anaheim did last season. In fact, Beleskey is logging 0:52 on the man advantage, more than a minute less than he had with the Ducks in 2014-15. He's put up eight goals and 18 assists this campaign, reverting to a pass-first brand of hockey.
Beleskey assisted on both Boston goals in Tuesday's 6-2 trouncing at the hands of Anaheim. He'd been held off the scoresheet for five consecutive games and eight of nine, but got back into the swing of things in this one. Unfortunately, Beleskey's efforts were in vain. Fantasy owners who employ the 27-year-old winger for his combination of toughness and points will have to deal with just a single lonely hit Tuesday, but they're probably not complaining; after all, he's already reached a new career high in that category at 164 and counting.
Beleskey (illness) took part in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he will play Saturday against Columbus, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports. Beleskey, who has tallied 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in 44 games this season, is expected to skate alongside Joonas Kemppainen and Jimmy Hayes on the Bruins' third line in Saturday's contest.
Beleskey was sent home before Friday's practice because he was feeling under the weather, Joe Haggerty of CSN New England reports. Beleskey, who saw 15:41 worth of ice time in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Canucks, should thus be considered day-to-day in advance of Saturday's 7:00 ET tilt at home against the Blue Jackets. To date, the winger has recorded eight goals, 22 points and 38 PIM in 44 games in his first season as a Bruin.
Beleskey scored his eighth goal of the season and added an assist in Friday's 4-1 win over Buffalo. The 27-year-old has now put up 22 points this season, so he's well on his way to surpassing his career-high 32 set last year as a Duck. Beleskey is part of a sneaky-good second line right now with Ryan Spooner and Loui Eriksson and enjoys time on the B's second power-play unit, so he makes for a serviceable play in deeper leagues -- especially in those that count hits, as he currently sits 10th in the NHL in that category.
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