Bieksa failed to register a point for the 10th consecutive game in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Vegas.
The veteran defenseman last marked the scoresheet Oct. 20, as the dry spell sandwiches a four-game absence due to a hand injury. Additionally, Bieksa has been seeing fewer minutes of late with the Anaheim blue line at full health. As a result, there aren't many fantasy settings where he provides value.
Bieksa (hand) took to the ice for pregame warmups Friday, Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register reports. This strongly suggests that he'll play in the night game against the Predators.
It appears as though Bieksa's ready to return from a four-game injury layoff. He's a solid source of PIM -- we're talking 29 minutes in the sin bin through seven games -- but Bieksa's two helpers represent his only points this season. Still, he may be a sneaky daily fantasy play if only because not many folks will realize that he's on the verge of returning to action.
Bieksa (hand) won't be available for Wednesday's home game against the Maple Leafs.
The savvy rearguard remains on injured reserve with Friday's tilt against Nashville being his next shot at a return.
Bieksa (hand) remains day-to-day ahead of Wednesday's home contest against the Maple Leafs.
While the physical defenseman is being labeled day-to-day after skating Wednesday, he technically remains on injured reserve, and Bieksa of course would need be need activated in order to play against the Leafs. If you're depending on him in fantasy pools, check back to see whether the Ducks reassign a blueliner to AHL San Diego as a clear hint that Bieksa's on the verge of returning to action.
Bieksa (hand) will be reevaluated Monday.
The Ducks are now saying that Bieksa did in fact injure his hand during a fight with Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas on Tuesday, but apparently it was the result of him bracing for a fall rather than an ailment caused by actually punching Gudas. At any rate, the 36-year-old is on injured reserve and likely out until the beginning of November.