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.
Kevin Bieksa (upper body) will return to Sunday's Game 2 lineup against the Predators, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Already deemed healthy, the blueliner was considered a strong candidate to rejoin the lineup Sunday after missing the Anaheim Ducks ' first postseason game. That will indeed be the case, and Bieksa seems likely to return to the power play with that. While he hasn't lit up the scoreboard this season (15 points in 71 games), Bieksa has contributed across the board with 109 shots on goal, 99 penalty minutes, 152 hits and 108 blocked shots.
Since Bieksa's return is dependent on the health of another player, he'll be too risky to count on in playoff settings.
Shea Theodore was in the pregame rushes and is set to make his playoff debut with Bieksa out. Make sure to get Bieksa out of any daily lineups Friday, if possible. Game 2 is Sunday, and he should be considered questionable for that contest.
Kevin Bieksa (upper body) is officially a game-time decision for Game 1 against the Predators.
Bieksa was believed to be probable earlier in the week, but it appears the team will wait until pregame warmups to make the call on his status. Expect another update when that happens, with Shea Theodore and Korbinian Holzer likely at the ready should he be unavailable.