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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
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Phil Kessel played through injuries throughout the campaign.
Kessel's health issues caught up with him in the playoffs and though he stayed in the lineup, it sounds like he wasn't 100%. He still scored 34 goals and 92 points in 82 regular season games, but in the postseason he was limited to a goal and nine points in 12 contests. Kessel won't need to have surgery and with the Penguins eliminated he'll finally get an opportunity to focus on his recovery. May 9 - 12:07 PM

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Phil Kessel tallied just one goal in 12 playoff games.

Kessel had a three-game assist streak going into Game 6 against Washington, but he was held off the scoresheet in the Capitals' 2-1 series-clinching victory in overtime. He collected eight assists in the postseason, but didn't score a goal for eight straight contests.
May 8 - 10:17 AM

Phil Kessel registered a pair of assists in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Kessel helped set up both of Pittsburgh's power-play goals in the second frame (Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist). The Pens went into the third period up 3-2, but they let the Caps score four consecutive goals (two empty-netters). Kessel finished the night with a minus-4 rating and two shots on goal in 16:51 of ice time. The 30-year-old is up to one goal and nine points in 11 games this postseason. He's now gone seven games without a goal. Kessel is clearly dealing with some kind of injury because he just doesn't look like himself on the ice. The Pens trail this best-of-seven series 3-2.
May 5 - 10:39 PM

Phil Kessel will suit up in Game 5 against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.

Kessel has been dealing with an undisclosed injury, but he's going to suit up in this game. He is projected to play on a line with Riley Sheahan and Bryan Rust. The Penguins forward has gone six games without a goal. He has just one goal and six assists in 10 games this postseason.
May 5 - 6:57 PM

Phil Kessel (undisclosed) took part in Saturday's optional skate.

There has been some speculation that Kessel is not at 100 percent, but he still seems probable to play in Game 5. The pregame warmups should determine his status for Saturday night.
May 5 - 4:00 PM

Penguins' coach Mike Sullivan does not believe Phil Kessel's lack of production in the second round is primarily due to an injury.

Kessel has not scored in the first four games of the Pens' second-round series against the Capitals and has registered only two assists and five shots on goal. With 32 playoff goals in 73 games to his name, it is reasonable to speculate that Kessel could be playing hurt. Not necessarily so, says Sullivan. "I don't think Phil's banged up any more than anybody else," Sullivan said. "It's a physical series. Everybody has bumps and bruises. That's just par for the course for this time of year. I don't think there's a team left in the playoffs that doesn't have bumps and bruises." We will take the coach at his word. Do not remove Kessel from your lineup.
May 5 - 9:47 AM

Phil Kessel has attempted just five shots, with two reaching the net, at 5-on-5 through two playoff games against Washington.

"We know he plays his best when the stakes are high," coach Mike Sullivan said. "He's done it for us time and time again. He's certainly a guy we're going to rely on and need here moving forward." Kessel has been great in the past versus the Capitals in the postseason. He entered the series with a team-high 11 points (five goals) in 13 playoff games against Washington, which he compiled over the past two years. However, it's been a different story so far this year. Kessel has registered one goal in eight playoff matches, while supplying 23 5-on-5 shot attempts, with seven on target.
May 1 - 10:28 AM

Phil Kessel has been consistent when it comes to scoring goals in the playoffs.

Over 75 career playoff games, Kessel has only gone four straight contests without a goal on five occasions. Kessel didn't have a goal in the first three games of the Penguins' first round series this year, but he avoided making it four-in-a-row by scoring a goal and registering an assist in Game 4. He's coming off a terrific regular season where he had 34 goals and 92 points in 82 games.
Apr 20 - 5:16 AM

Phil Kessel scored a goal and picked up an assist in Wednesday's 5-0 Game 4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Kessel showed great awareness to find Sidney Crosby in front who shovelled the pass to Evgeni Malkin to open the scoring in the first period. Kessel then followed that up with his first goal of the post-season, bringing him to three points in four playoff games so far this post-season. Kris Letang, Riley Sheahan and Sidney Crosby also scored in the win.
Apr 18 - 9:40 PM

Phil Kessel was back alongside Evgeni Malkin in Tuesday's practice.

Kessel skated with Malkin and Carl Hagelin during the session because Patric Hornqvist is out with an upper-body injury. He had been playing on the third line with Derick Brassard. Kessel posted his first of Pittsburgh's opening-round series versus Philadelphia in Game 3.
Apr 17 - 2:07 PM

Phil Kessel picked up a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-0 win over the Ottawa Senators.

Kessel registered the primary assist on Sidney Crosby's power-play tally in the second frame. He then made it 3-0 with a goal of his own in in the third period. Kessel finished the night with a plus-1 rating and two shots on goal in 18:12 of ice time. The 30-year-old will finish the season with 34 goals and 92 points in 82 games this season. Jake Guentzel and Patric Hornqvist also found the back of the net on Friday night.
Apr 6 - 10:17 PM

Phil Kessel scored two goals and an assist in Thursday's 5-4 OT win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Kessel's power-play goal at the 10:26 mark of the first period tied the game at one. He then registered the only assist on Conor Sheary's game-tying goal with less than eight minutes in regulation before adding the game-winner in overtime. Kessel finished the night with a plus-1 rating and four shots on goal in 17:27 of ice time. The 30-year-old is up to 33 goals and 90 points in 81 games this season.
Apr 5 - 10:46 PM

Phil Kessel (lower body) will play Sunday night against Washington.

Kessel was on the ice for the pregame warmups and will play in his 690th consecutive regular season game on Sunday. Kessel has 31 goals and 87 points in 79 games this season.
Apr 1 - 7:21 PM

Phil Kessel (lower body) will be a game-time decision Sunday night.

Kessel suffered a lower-body injury on Saturday, which forced him to leave the game. The pregame warmups should determine his status.
Apr 1 - 5:37 PM

The Penguins expect to get an update on Phil Kessel's condition Sunday afternoon.

Kessel left Saturday night's game in the third period with an undisclosed injury. Kessel has played in 689 consecutive games, which is the third-longest active streak and 10th-longest all-time. If the injury is not serious, it will be interesting to see if the Penguins, who just clinched a playoff spot, will sit Kessel and break his consecutive games played streak. Stay tuned for further updates.
Apr 1 - 11:30 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sidney Crosby
2Evgeni Malkin
3Derick Brassard
4Riley Sheahan
5Carter Rowney
6Teddy Blueger
7Jean-Sebastien Dea
8Adam Johnson
LW1Jake Guentzel
2Bryan Rust
3Carl Hagelin
4Tom Kuhnhackl
5Garrett Wilson
RW1Phil Kessel
2Patric Hornqvist
3Conor Sheary
4Dominik Simon
5Daniel Sprong
6Zach Aston-Reese
7Josh Jooris
D1Kris Letang
2Justin Schultz
3Brian Dumoulin
4Olli Maatta
5Chad Ruhwedel
6Matt Hunwick
7Jamie Oleksiak
8Chris Summers
9Jarred Tinordi
G1Matt Murray
2Casey DeSmith
3Tristan Jarry
4Michael Leighton