The Syracuse Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday that Matt Beleskey will need 2 to 3 weeks to rehab a shoulder injury, and that the forward might need surgery if the rehab doesn’t go well. Beleskey sustained the injury Saturday when he was hit by Hugh Jessiman in the Syracuse Crunch’s win over the Rochester Americans.
Even though he was passed over for Dan Sexton the last time the Ducks reached into the AHL, Beleskey had three goals and five points in seven games prior to Saturday. Based on those stats, it’s conceivable that Beleskey would be a candidate for a March recall once NHL rosters expand (or earlier, depending on injuries at the NHL level). That could change depending on the severity of the injury.
Beleskey had three goals and 10 points in 27 games with the Ducks this season, and nine goals and 21 points in 23 games with the Crunch.
Looking ahead to tonight’s game against the Kings, here are some facts and figures provided by the Ducks’ communications department about the head-to-head matchup:
- Wednesday marks the third of six meetings between the Ducks and Kings this season and the 99th contest between the two teams in history, with the 100th scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 19 at Staples Center (7:30 p.m.)
- Over the last 12 home games against the Kings, the Ducks are 8-3-1 (17 of a possible 24 points) dating back to Sept. 30, 2007 (played at the O2 Arena in London, but considered a Ducks “home” game).
- Anaheim has compiled a 43-35-20 all-time record against the Kings, including 24-10-14 at Arrowhead Pond/Honda. The Ducks opened the 2010-11 season series with a 2-0 win at home, the sixth team shutout against the Kings in club history. It also marked the first shutout against Los Angeles since Nov. 16, 2008 at Honda Center (2-0). Cam Fowler scored his first career game-winning goal in the contest and Jonas Hiller stopped all 27 shots he faced for his seventh career shutout.
- On Dec. 26 at Staples Center, the Ducks lost 4-1.
- After the historic 100th franchise contest on Mar. 19, the final two games in the season series will close the 2010-11 regular season for the two clubs on Apr. 8 at Honda Center (7:05 p.m.) and Apr. 9 at Staples Center (7:30 p.m.).