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Phil Kessel | Winger | #81

Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/2/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (5) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Phil Kessel had two assists in a 4-3 overtime victory against Calgary Monday night.
Kessel has enjoyed three consecutive multi-point games. That gives him 27 goals and 76 points in 67 contests in 2017-18. It's entirely plausible that he'll surpass his career-high of 82 points before the campaign is done. It's also worth noting that Kessel's next game with be the 900th of his career and he's still just 30-years-old. Mar 6 - 6:48 AM

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Phil Kessel registered two assists in a 3-2 overtime win over the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Kessel has eight points in his last five games. He earned a plus-1 rating, two shots on goal, one block, and two takeaways in 17:41 of ice time, while recording his 20th multi-point game of the season. Kessel had the primary assist on goals by Patric Hornqvist and Derick Brassard in the contest. Sidney Crosby scored the game winner late in the extra session. Kessel now has 27 goals and 74 points in 66 games this year. He also became the sixth active American-born player to hit 400 career assists.
Mar 3 - 9:08 PM

Phil Kessel picked up a goal and an assist in Thursday's 8-4 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Kessel's goal at the 9:27 mark of the first period cut Pittsburgh's deficit to 3-2 at the time. He also registered the primary helper on Olli Maatta's second goal of the game to make it 8-4. Kessel has now accumulated six points in his last four games. He's up to 27 goals and 72 points in 65 games this season. The 30-year-old is on pace to surpass the 90-point mark for the first time in his career. Kessel is a must-start in all fantasy formats.
Mar 1 - 10:19 PM

Phil Kessel scored a pair of goals and an assist in Friday's 6-1 in over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Kessel picked up the only assist on Jake Guentzel's first-period goal before adding two tallies of his own in the second frame to extend Pittsburgh's lead to 3-1 and 4-1. He finished the night with a plus-3 rating and five shots on goal in 17:26 of ice time. The 30-year-old has accumulated 15 points in his last 13 games. Kessel is up to 26 goals and 69 points in 62 games this season. He's on pace to score over 90 points for the first time in his NHL career. Olli Maatta, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby also found the back of the net for the Penguins.
Feb 23 - 10:35 PM

Phil Kessel is proud of his sister, Amanda, who was part of Team USA's gold medal-winning squad.

Amanda Kessel scored a shootout goal in the gold medal game. "She missed a lot of time [because of concussions]. To be able to win a gold medal is a special accomplishment. I’m really proud of her," Phil Kessel said. Amanda Kessel, 26, previously won a silver medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics and this is the first time that America's women team claimed gold in 20 years.
Feb 23 - 5:29 AM

Phil Kessel scored a goal and registered an assist in Pittsburgh's 5-4 win over Vegas on Tuesday.

Kessel has been red hot lately with nine goals and 26 points in his last 18 games. That's pushed him up to 24 goals and 65 points in 55 contests this season. He's just one point shy of Nikita Kucherov for the NHL scoring lead.
Feb 7 - 6:14 AM

Phil Kessel got back on the ice for Tuesday's optional morning skate.

Kessel didn't skate Monday because of an illness. He seems ready to play against Vegas, so feel free to keep him active. Kessel has two goals and seven assists during a five-game point streak.
Feb 6 - 4:03 PM

Phil Kessel skipped Monday's practice because he wasn't feeling well.

Coach Mike Sullivan described it as a maintenance day, so it doesn't sound like the illness is serious. Still, it's unclear at this time if he will be available to play Tuesday versus Vegas, so consider him day-to-day for now.
Feb 5 - 1:08 PM

Phil Kessel's recent tear has lifted the speedy winger into second place in league scoring.

Kessel had 10 points in 14 December games, but has picked up the pace since New Year's with 21 points in 14 games in January and February. At 63 points in 54 games, he's just two behind league leader Nikita Kucherov.
Feb 4 - 7:23 PM

Phil Kessel is on a three-game point streak.

Kessel kept that run going by registering an assist in Pittsburgh's 5-2 win over San Jose Tuesday night. He has 21 goals and 59 points in 52 contests this season. That's good for third place in the NHL's scoring race behind just Nathan MacKinnon and Nikita Kucherov.
Jan 31 - 6:12 AM

Phil Kessel posted a power-play goal with an assist on the man advantage in Wednesday's 5-3 loss at Anaheim.

The multi-point game was the good news, but the bad news was Kessel turned in an ugly minus-4 rating. He is working on a streak of three straight games with at least one goal and two points, and he has at least one point in four in a row. Kessel has posted three goals with eight points and a plus-3 rating over his modest four-game streak.
Jan 18 - 1:48 AM

Phil Kessel has been named the third star of the week.

Kessel recorded two goals and five points in two appearances. He also became the third U.S.-born player in NHL history to hit the 20-goal plateau in 10 or more consecutive seasons. Kessel has a four-game point streak going into this week's action.
Jan 15 - 6:05 PM

Phil Kessel notched a goal and an assist in the Penguins 5-2 victory over the Rangers on Sunday night.

Kessel's 20th marker of the season came in a familiar fashion, quickly unleashing a lethal wrist shot into the top corner behind Henrik Lundqvist. It's the 10th straight season Kessel has notched 20 goals, even including the lockout-shortened 2012 campaign. Kessel now has eight points in his last four games and 52 points in 46 games this season.
Jan 14 - 10:25 PM

Phil Kessel continued his hot pace with a goal and two assists Saturday.

The big night gives Kessel 19 goals and 50 points this season in 45 games. He leads the NHL in power play points with 29, accumulating a pair of points with the man-advantage Saturday. Kessel is a must start in fantasy this season.
Jan 14 - 9:03 AM

Phil Kessel was not selected for the 2018 All-Star Game.

Kessel is one of the bigger snubs after scoring 18 goals and 47 points in 44 games. Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang will be representing the Penguins instead and while those are fine choices, it is worth noting that Kessel has done a bit better than Crosby so far this season.
Jan 11 - 9:15 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Derick Brassard
4Riley Sheahan
5Carter Rowney
LW1Jake Guentzel
2Bryan Rust
3Carl Hagelin
4Tom Kuhnhackl
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Conor Sheary
4Dominik Simon
5Zach Aston-Reese
6Josh Jooris
D1Kris Letang
2Justin Schultz
3Brian Dumoulin
4Olli Maatta
5Chad Ruhwedel
6Matt Hunwick
7Jamie Oleksiak
G1Matt Murray
2Casey DeSmith