Kessel registered a goal, an assist and four shots on net during Friday's rout of Carolina.
The star winger had a single assist through his previous four games, but he got back on track with the multi-point effort Friday. Kessel is up to 14 goals and 44 points through 45 games this season, and he should continue to be viewed as an elite offensive producer in the real and virtual game.
Currently rolling along with a six-game point streak that includes two goals, eight points and 22 shots, Kessel is showing no signs of slowing down offensively. After a mediocre first few months with the
Kessel (illness) will play Wednesday against the Capitals.
Kessel will skate with Chris Kunitz and Nick Bonino on the Penguins' third line Wednesday evening, and will also slot into his usual spot on Pittsburgh's top power-play unit. The American winger has been red-hot of late, having notched eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last seven games, and remains an elite option in any fantasy format.
Kessel is dealing with an illness that kept him out of practice Monday.
Kessel is currently on a five-game point streak and is averaging a point per game this season, so losing him against heated rivals Washington would be a significant setback. Despite playing on the Pens' third line, the winger has thrived this year and seems comfortable quietly racking up points without the pressure of being the go-to-guy on the team. If Phil the Thrill is unable to get back to 100 percent before Wendesday's matchup, look for Tom Kuhnhackl to slot back into the lineup.
Kessel recorded an assist and four shots on net during Wednesday's win over Carolina.
Somewhat quietly, Kessel has posted five goals, 15 points and 40 shots through 14 December games and remains a high-end fantasy asset despite bouncing all over the lineup. However, as long as he's attached to the elite No. 1 power-play unit, his role/linemates at even strength won't cripple his fantasy value. In fact, playing down the depth chart just might help him find more favorable matchups at five-on-five.