After the game, Bieksa sported a "not very good-looking swollen lip," but otherwise experienced no further damage. True veteran that he is, we'd expect the 35-year-old blueliner to suit up Tuesday, but we'll be sure to update his status prior to puck drop if that doesn't transpire.
Bieksa took a puck that deflected off the stick of Roman Polak straight to the face and left the game shortly thereafter. While there didn't appear to be any blood on the ice, the severity of Bieksa's injury is not immediately known. Hopefully, coach Randy Carlyle will be able to provide some insight immediately after the game or early Tuesday prior to the
He's definitely not known for his offense, but he's also never failed to score double-digit point totals since his 39-game rookie season. Ryan Getzlaf hit Bieksa coming out of the penalty box with a perfect pass to put him on a rare breakaway, and he made no mistake with a well-placed wrist shot between Anton Khudobin's wickets. Stuck on the third pairing due to an embarrassment of riches on the team's top two pairs, Bieksa skated just 14:54 and has little to no fantasy value. Only in leagues that count hits and blocked shots is he worthy of consideration for a roster spot.
Bieksa received just 15 seconds of power-play time during Sunday's win over Calgary.
The Ducks scored two power-play goals on three opportunities, which limited Bieksa's chances to begin with, but fantasy owners might want to prepare for a smaller power-play role going forward for the veteran. Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rakell are back in the fold, and the upcoming return of Hampus Lindholm could leave Bieksa with very limited power-play time. Additionally, Bieksa has just a single goal and no assists on the season, so his value is already clinging to the peripheral categories.
Bieksa received 20:53 of ice time and took his first minor penalty of the season Monday against the Devils.
With his offensive prime in the rear-view mirror, Bieksa relies on his peripheral statistics for fantasy value. He entered this season with 280 penalty minutes, 375 shots, 405 hits and 331 blocked shots over the past three years, which has provided value in deep league utilizing real-time stats. Bieksa has also seen over two minutes of power-play time per game in three of his first four outings this season. However, his PP minutes will likely decline once Hampus Lindholm is re-signed or if Shea Theodore is promoted.