Kempny took part in Tuesday's practice, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports. Kempny was absent from opening day of Phase 3 training camp, but his return Tuesday should ease concerns about potential health problems. The 29-year-old registered three goals, 18 points and a plus-19 rating while averaging 18:38 of ice time in 58 games during the 2019-20 regular season and is expected to be a regular presence in Washington's lineup during the postseason.
Kempny will sit as a healthy scratch for the first time this season Wednesday against the Flyers, NHL.com's Tom Gulitti reports. Coach Todd Reirden apparently just wants Kempny to "get a reset," so the 29-year-old blueliner likely won't be out of the lineup for long. He won't have to wait long for his next opportunity to rejoin the action, as the Capitals will be right back at it Thursday against the Rangers. The former Blackhawks has notched 17 points while posting a plus-13 rating in 55 games this campaign.
Kempny recorded three shots on net and a plus-2 rating across 23:10 in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Kings. Despite not posting a point in nine straight games, Kempny has maintained a decent floor in that stretch for fantasy purposes with a plus-7 rating and 15 shots on goal. The 29-year-old defenseman continues to work on the top pairing alongside John Carlson, but Kempny's fantasy value is reserved for deeper redraft leagues.
Kempny posted an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Flyers. Kempny has exactly one helper in each of the last three games. The Czech blueliner is up to 16 points, 39 shots on goal, 53 blocked shots and a plus-9 rating through 35 contests this season.
Kempny registered an assist and three blocked shots during Tuesday's 6-1 victory over the Senators. Kempny has helpers in consecutive games but has only managed four points in his last 21 contests overall. The 29-year-old is a key member of the Capitals defense corps and figures to get plenty of ice time moving forward but remains an unreliable fantasy asset unless he can become a more consistent offensive producer.
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