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December 11, 2019 12:48 AM
Coyotes' Phil Kessel: Gets late power-play goal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel scored a power-play goal in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Flames.

Kessel's tally at 19:28 of the third period did nothing to change the outcome of the game. It was his seventh tally of the season -- he's up to 19 points and 80 shots on goal through 33 contests. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, his minus-18 rating is an anchor that is hard to deal with given his reduced output this year. He's been better with five points in his last five games, but all have come with a man advantage. Kessel has only eight even-strength points in 2019-20.

December 5, 2019 11:40 PM
Coyotes' Phil Kessel: Finally clicks with pair of goals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel scored twice on the power play, including an empty-netter, in Thursday's 3-1 win over Philadelphia. He had three shots on goal.

Kessel has endured a tough first year in the desert. He had managed just one goal in his previous 16 games and came into Thursday's game with a grand total of four goals on the season. But he broke out against the Flyers, opening the scoring 2:25 into the game and sealing it with the empty-netter late in the third. It was Kessel's second two-goal game as a Coyote and his first multi-point effort in over a month. The 32-year-old was an 82-point scorer just last season with Pittsburgh, so he should still have plenty of goals left in his stick.

November 23, 2019 11:28 PM
Coyotes' Phil Kessel: Ends goal drought
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel scored a power-play goal in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Kings.

The veteran winger last lit the lamp Nov. 2, going 10 straight games without a goal, but Kessel finished off a slick give-and-go with Clayton Keller midway through the first period to open the scoring on the afternoon. Kessel's first campaign in Arizona is still off to a sluggish start however, while he now has four goals and 14 points through 24 games.

November 19, 2019 12:12 AM
Coyotes' Phil Kessel: Posts power-play assist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel registered an assist with the man advantage and added four shots on goal in Monday's 3-0 win over the Kings.

Kessel's assist came on a Derek Stepan goal in the first period. The 32-year-old winger has helpers in three straight contests. Despite the recent hot streak, Kessel has just 13 points in 22 games after three straight campaigns above the 70-point mark. He's up to five power-play points and 57 shots on goal this season.

November 14, 2019 11:04 PM
Coyotes' Phil Kessel: Bags apple in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel finished Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Wild with an even-strength assist.

Kessel's assist in Thursday's loss snapped the winger's four-game drought and moved him up to 11 points on the season. Through 20 games, the 32-year-old is producing 0.53 points per game, down from his career mark of 0.88, but while Kessel has certainly underwhelmed early in 2019-20, he's still good for a point every couple of games and could blow up at any moment.

November 6, 2019 02:56 AM
Coyotes' Phil Kessel: Offers helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel recorded an assist and three shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Flames.

Kessel has played provider a lot recently, with a goal and five assists in his last seven games. For the year, the winger has 10 points though 15 outings. Kessel's assist Tuesday came on a Christian Dvorak goal. Coach Rick Tocchet has shuffled his lines recently, likely in hopes of getting production going throughout the lineup, so Kessel may have to adjust to different linemates at times.

November 3, 2019 12:28 AM
Coyotes' Phil Kessel: Two-point performance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel collected a goal and an assist and recorded three shots in Saturday's 3-0 win over Colorado.

Kessel somehow scored from an impossible angle to put the Coyotes up 2-0 late in the first period, beating Pavel Francouz from along the goal line. Earlier in the period, Kessel drew the primary assist on Christian Dvorak's power-play goal. The first-year Coyote has yet to hit his goal-scoring stride -- he has only three goals in his first 13 games -- but he does have nine points so far.

October 31, 2019 01:44 PM
Coyotes' Phil Kessel: Contributes assist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel picked up an assist and two shots on goal in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Canadiens.

Kessel has seven points through 12 games, but his only two goals so far this season came in the same game. The Coyotes looked to boost the offense by trading for Kessel, but he's tied for fifth on the team in scoring. He should turn it around soon, as his 6.1 shooting percentage is more than four points lower than his career 10.9 percent, and less than half of last year's 12.6 percent.

October 18, 2019 03:20 AM
Coyotes' Phil Kessel: Strikes twice on man advantage
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel scored a pair of power-play goals in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Predators.

Kessel only had two shots in the game, but both of them found twine behind Juuse Saros. The 32-year-old goal scorer now has four points in six games. The Coyotes' offense was quiet to start the season, but it will likely live or die by Kessel's production.

October 16, 2019 12:44 AM
Coyotes' Phil Kessel: Shows up on power play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel notched a power-play assist in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Winnipeg.

Kessel has two assists in five games but is without a goal in 2019-20 despite taking 17 shots, including a team-high six versus Winnipeg. He played a season-low 14:34 against the Jets, down four minutes from his average entering play Tuesday (18:54).

October 4, 2019 02:12 AM
Coyotes' Phil Kessel: First helper with 'Yotes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel registered an assist and two shots on goal in Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Ducks.

Kessel's helper came on a goal by his new center, Derek Stepan. In due time, Kessel is likely to pot a few goals of his own, even if the chemistry with his new teammates takes a little time. The Wisconsin native has posted 11 straight 20-goal campaigns, and he reached 30 goals six times in that span.

June 30, 2019 12:20 AM
Coyotes' Phil Kessel: Heading to Arizona
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel, Dane Birks and a 2021 fourth-round pick were acquired by the Coyotes from the Penguins for Alex Galchenyuk and Pierre-Olivier Joseph, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.

Kessel appeared to be off the trade block after nixing a trade to Minnesota earlier in June, but Pittsburgh was able to reach another deal around his limited no-trade clause. The 31-year-old had 303 points in 328 games for the Penguins and added 56 points in 65 playoff games, which included a pair of Stanley Cup championships. Kessel has been a stalwart since 2010, having missed games in only one of the last nine seasons.

June 11, 2019 11:56 AM
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Likely staying in Pittsburgh
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel appears to be off the trade block after nixing a trade to Minnesota, Josh Yohe of The Athletic reports. According to general manager Jim Rutherford, "I expect Kessel will probably play for Pittsburgh next season"

Rutherford went on to say, "First of all, he's a good player. He's been a good player for us. It's not as if we have to trade him." Good might be a bit of an understatement regarding a player who has racked up 303 points in 328 games for the Penguins, along with another 20 goals and 36 assists in 65 postseason contests that includes two Stanley Cup championships. The problem for the club is Kessel's limited no-trade clause that allows him to name eight teams he could be traded to, which is what the winger used to block the move to Minnesota. With the 31-year-old still in the squad, Pittsburgh's No. 1 power play should continue to pose problems for the rest of the league and he remains capable of hitting the 80-point mark and beyond.

May 23, 2019 07:28 PM
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Subject of trade talks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

According to Pierre LeBrun of TSN, it's a matter matter of "when" not "if" Kessel will be traded by the Penguins.

According to LeBrun, Minnesota has emerged as a frontrunner to land Kessel early on, but the American winger would need to waive his no-trade clause in order for that deal to come to fruition. It was clear that the Penguins would likely be looking to shake up their roster after being swept by the Islanders in the first round of the playoffs this year, but it's still a little surprising to see them so eager to move a player that just racked up 27 goals and 82 points in 82 contests.

April 17, 2019 11:16 AM
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Days in Pittsburgh may be over
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel may have played his last game with the Penguins, reports Rob Rossi of The Athletic.

Changes need to be made in Pittsburgh and Sid the Kid and Evgeni Malkin are likely the only untouchables. Matt Murray and Jake Guentzel might be, too. Kessel won two Cups with the flightless birds, scoring 18 goals and 45 points in 49 games those two years. But the last two playoff years, he has managed just 11 points in 15 games. And just two of those were goals. Kessel's contract allows him to submit a list of eight teams where he could be traded. At $8 million a year and 31 years of age, Kessel could be hard to move. But Arizona could be an option because of the Rick Tocchet connection. He's durable and has notched 110 goals and 303 points in 328 regular-season games with the Pens. This offseason should be very interesting.

April 11, 2019 12:01 AM
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Strong effort in Game 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel scored a goal at even strength and added a power-play assist during Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders in Game 1 of their first-round series.

He opened the scoring for the Pens early in the first period, then set up Evgeni Malkin in the second to tie the score at 2-2. Kessel has thrived in the postseason spotlight in his career, racking up 33 goals and 77 points in 84 games, and the 31-year-old is off to another quick start in this series.

April 5, 2019 10:44 AM
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Better than a point per game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel scored two goals and added an assist Thursday in a 4-1 win over the Red Wings.

One of the goals came at even strength; the rest of the points were on the power play. Kessel has 82 points in 81 games. Last season's 92 points were an outlier. This season's 82 points align with Kessel's best prior to last year. He should be a solid playoff performer for those in postseason pools.

April 2, 2019 10:56 PM
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Snaps dubious streak
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel scored the Penguins' only goal in a 4-1 loss to the Red Wings on Tuesday.

Before Tuesday, Kessel had not scored a goal at even strength since Jan. 30. In the last 29 games prior to Tuesday, he had only three goals and all of them came on the power play. It's been a disappointing season for Kessel in the goal and plus-minus categories, but because of 54 assists, Kessel is still only a point shy of posting back-to-back 80-point campaigns for the first time in his career. He has 25 goals and 79 points in 80 games this season.

March 25, 2019 11:40 PM
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Another multi-point effort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel notched two assists, one on the power play, in Monday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.

The veteran winger has been on a roll since late February, piling up three goals and 15 points in the last 16 games. Kessel now needs three points in the Pens' last five games to record his second straight campaign with 80 or more points, and the fourth of his career.

March 24, 2019 08:20 PM
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Snags two helpers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kessel notched a pair of assists versus Dallas on Saturday.

Kessel is stuck in another goal drought, as he has gone five games without finding the back of the net, though he has registered a trio of helpers over that stretch. With Evgeni Malkin (upper body) out of the lineup, the Madison, Wisconsin native has seen his linemates shuffled around, which likely isn't helping him get back on track.

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