Nathan Beaulieu admits that this has been one of the most difficult seasons of his career, largely because he's had to navigate uncharted waters when it comes to missing time. Whether it's been illness or injury, ailments have forced the defenseman to miss 18 games spread over four different stretches.
His latest return lasted all of 1:15 when, after missing two games with an illness, he went down hard from a fight with Calgary Flames forward Curtis Lazar. He's missed four games since then with an upper-body injury, from which he'll make his return when the Sabres host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
"It's obviously been really rough," Beaulieu said. "I've been in some unfamiliar waters, so I don't really know how these situations work. It's been extremely difficult but I'm trying to find some positives. We've still got 30 games left, and my goal is to play the next 30 solid."