Kessel posted 14 goals, 38 points and a minus-21 rating in 70 games in 2019-20.
Kessel's point output was his lowest since 2007-08, while his 14 goals were his fewest since he scored 11 as a rookie in 2006-07. The winger also fired just 153 shots on goal, a career-low mark. He skated 17:09 per game in his first year with the Coyotes, compared to 17:59 per game the prior season in Pittsburgh. The 33-year-old winger could be out of his prime as an elite goal-scorer in the league, but it may be too early to rule out a bounce-back in 2020-21. However, with the Coyotes' lack of elite talent, expectations for Kessel's production should be tempered.
Kessel was held without a point in a third-straight game Saturday against the Avalanche. He fired three shots in a 4-2 win.
Kessel's ice time also dropped like a stone Saturday. He was on the ice for just 12:01 after averaging over 18 minutes a night during the postseason. We didn't see an injury, so perhaps this was just a benching to help wake up the enigmatic sniper.
Kessel had a pair of assists and tied for the team lead with four shots, while adding two PIM, in Sunday's 4-3 win over Nashville in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Kessel helped stake the Coyotes to a 3-0 first-period lead, figuring in on Christian Dvorak and Clayton Keller (PP) goals less than five minutes apart. The two-point performance had to be a welcome sight for the Coyotes -- and fantasy players -- considering Kessel had only six multi-point games during the regular season and posted his lowest point total (38) since his sophomore campaign of 2007-08. A return to form would be a boon to Arizona's playoff hopes.
Kessel notched two assists and had six shots on goal in Monday's 4-2 loss to Winnipeg.
Kessel figured in on two goals by Nick Schmaltz in the first period as the Coyotes built a 2-0 lead. It was the first multi-point game for Kessel in nearly two months. He had been going through a bit of a dry spell in recent weeks, having entered the night with just one goal in his previous seven games. The 32-year-old has tallied 14 goals and 38 points in 70 games on the season.
Kessel scored a power-play goal on three shots and blocked two shots in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Capitals.
Kessel got a piece of a Jakob Chychrun blast and tipped it behind Braden Holtby for the Coyotes' go-ahead goal in the third period. The 32-year-old winger has three points in his last five games. He's now at 13 tallies, 34 points, 128 shots and 17 power-play points through 61 contests.
Kessel scored twice and added an assist in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Sharks.
Kessel's second-period tally came on the power play. He's up to 11 goals and 30 points in 49 contests this season. Last year, he needed only 19 games to reach double-digits in scores. Kessel has picked up 14 of his points with a man advantage.
Kessel registered three assists, including one on the power play, in a 5-2 victory over the Panthers on Tuesday.
Despite his team's success, the 32-year-old hasn't been the same dominant offensive force he was in Pittsburgh with the Coyotes. Having said that, maybe he's heating up, as he has a goal and five assists in the last four games. Kessel will need a lot more of that to get close to his preseason expectations. He has nine goals and 27 points with a minus-16 rating in 45 games this season.
Kessel had a power-play assist and two PIM in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Flyers.
With the helper, Kessel now has a three-game point streak. His first season with the Coyotes has largely been a disappointment, as the 32-year-old winger has only 24 points (nine markers, 15 helpers) and a minus-18 rating through 44 games. He's on pace to score fewer than 20 goals for the first time since 2007-08, his second season in the league.
Kessel netted a goal in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Blues.
Kessel broke a deadlock at 7:20 of the third period, and the Coyotes held on to win. The winger has nine goals and 22 points with a minus-17 rating through 42 games this year.
Kessel potted a goal on four shots in Thursday's 8-5 loss to the Wild.
Kessel had the lone goal in the first period, but the teams combined for 12 tallies over the final 40 minutes to make his score an afterthought. The goal got Kessel to the 20-point mark in 37 games this season. He's added 90 shots on goal and a minus-18 rating.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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