Kessel scored twice and added an assist during Friday's 6-1 win over Carolina.
After recording just a single assist through his past six games, this was a welcomed rebound from Kessel. He's on pace for the best offensive showing of his career, and his 33 power-play points are already a personal best. Considering his go-to role with the Penguins, and that Pittsburgh is pacing the league in goals per game since the All-Star break, there's no reason to expect Kessel to slow down moving forward.
Kessel scored a goal and added an assist during Tuesday's 5-4 win over Vegas.
The veteran winger missed practice Monday with an illness but showed no ill-effects against the Golden Knights on Tuesday. Kessel now sports a six-game point streak with three goals and eight assists, and the heater has him up to an elite 3.8 points per 60 minutes for the campaign. It's also worth noting that he's just three points shy of Nikita Kucherov in the Art Ross Race.
Kessel (illness) returned to practice Tuesday and should be in action against the Golden Knights on Tuesday, Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Kessel -- who hasn't missed a game since the 2009-10 campaign -- was back at it Tuesday after taking a day off. The Madison, Wisconsin native continues to lead the league in power-play points and appears to have gelled nicely with Jake Guentzel and Riley Sheahan on the Pens' third line. The winger will no doubt want to get one past former teammate Marc-Andre Fleury in Tuesday's clash with Vegas.
Kessel was absent from practice Monday due to illness, Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop reports.
Considering Kessel hasn't missed a game since the 2009-10 season, it seems unlikely he will allow an illness to affect his ironman streak. The winger has been vital to the Pens' season, as he has racked up 63 points in 54 outings -- including nine goals and 24 helpers with the man advantage. If the Madison, Wisconsin native is unable to give it a go, Pittsburgh would need to promote a player from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in order to fill out the lineup against the Golden Knights on Tuesday.
Kessel scored twice and added an assist during Friday's 7-4 win over Washington.
No. 81 is now just two points back of Nikita Kucherov in the scoring race, as his recent offensive surge has him up to 23 goals and 39 assists for the campaign. Kessel's 1.17 points per game are a career-high mark, and he's also on track to post his highest goal total since the 2013-14 campaign.