Kesler scored his 20th goal of the season and added two helpers in Sunday's win over Washington. They were the first points in five games for Kesler, who reaches the 50-point mark for the second consecutive season. The second-line center remains a valuable well-rounded fantasy option due to his goal-scoring ability, power-play production and 61 PIM. The Ducks are in the playoff hunt right now, so look for Kesler to be a key asset down the stretch, as the 32-year-old seems to be at his best when it matters most.
Kesler picked up an assist and dropped Jeff Carter with one punch in a second-period fight in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Kings. The long looping hook landed right on Carter's chin and the Kings sniper dropped to his knee. The fight continued briefly when Carter got back up, but linesmen stepped in quickly. Kesler is having his best season since his heydays in Vancouver and he's putting up points and hits. Just beware his above-average shooting percentage -- there's always a chance his offense slows a little.
Kesler set up both Ducks' goals in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Lightning on Saturday night. At 32, Kesler is unlikely to return to the scoring heights of his best days in Vancouver. But he is ripping toward his best output since 2010-11. His 42 points lead Anaheim -- yep, he's ahead of Ryan Getzlaf.
Kesler failed to register a goal during Wednesday's loss to Edmonton to extend his goalless stretch to six games. The veteran pivot did collect two helpers during the dry spell, and it's difficult to complain about his production at this stage of the game. Kesler has 18 goals, 39 points and 121 shots through 51 games, and he's currently on pace for his best offensive showing since the 2012-13 campaign. Alongside his excellent supporting statistics (40 PIM, 87 hits, plus-11 rating and 644 faceoff wins), Kelser is back to being a solid fantasy asset in all settings.
Kesler notched the fourth hat trick of his career Sunday against Philadelphia. A monstrous night for Kesler, who fired five shots on goal and logged 25:16 of ice time through regulation and overtime. The veteran center is having a fantastic season, notching 15 goals and 34 points in 39 games. He's become a must-start in fantasy due to his consistency and impressive power-play production. Given the fact Kesler is logging over 20 minutes of ice time every night and producing at close to a point-per-game pace, the former Canuck should be in your lineup every game.
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