Beaulieu will be a healthy scratch Thursday against the Hurricanes, the Canadiens' official site reports. Replacing Beaulieu in the Habs' lineup Thursday will be Brandon Davidson. To date, Beaulieu has recorded 25 points (including 11 on the power play) through 66 games.
Beaulieu scored a goal and chipped in an assist in a 4-1 win Sunday over the visiting Senators. The young defenseman now has a respectable 23 points, three of which have been goals, in 65 games this year. Sunday was has third multi-point outing of the campaign, as well, which has helped him to new career highs in goals, assists, points, shots, and -- perhaps most impressively -- power-play points, of which he has 10 thus far. Beaulieu's production with the man advantage is particularly impressive, considering he's done it with an average of just 1:44 per game.
Beaulieu is shaping up to be a healthy scratch Tuesday night versus the Blackhawks, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports. It appears that Beaulieu will ride the pine in favor of Brandon Davidson on Tuesday. The former is providing nice returns as a low-end fantasy defenseman, having posted 23 points -- including 10 man-advantage assists -- through 63 games. However, he's played in 43 straight contests and seems deserving of a break.
Beaulieu had an assist, one shot on goal, one hit and one blocked shot over 17:50 of ice time in Montreal's 4-2 loss to St. Louis on Saturday. Beaulieu's point Saturday snapped a six-game point-less drought, his longest of the season. It was also his 20th point of the season, establishing a new career-high for the 24-year-old defenseman. He's lost some ice time since Andrei Markov returned from a groin injury, but Beaulieu has offensive instincts and will get ice time on the second-unit power play.
Beaulieu was dropped mid-game to the third defensive pairing Monday, receiving just 15:27 of ice time in Montreal's 1-0 loss to Detroit. Ever since Andrei Markov's groin injury put him on the shelf, Beaulieu had been getting ice time in the mid-20s and was showing us his offensive capabilities (nine points in one 11-game stretch). But apparently Montreal coach Michel Therrien had seen enough late in Monday's first period, in which Beaulieu was assessed a tripping penalty and had a bad pass that led to an Andreas Athanasiou breakaway that Price stopped. Was the coach being a little harsh on the Ontario native? Looking back a few games, maybe we should have seen this coming. Despite the emerging chemistry between he and Petry, Beaulieu had a minus-6 rating over the previous four games.
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