Ryan Kesler C ANA 3 days ago

Kesler netted two goals in Wednesday's 5-2 Game 4 win in Winnipeg.

After not hitting the scoresheet in Game 1, Kesler recorded points in the next three games of the Ducks' first round series with the Jets. Kesler is doing exactly what he was brought in by Anaheim to do -- providing some very welcome secondary scoring when it matters most. He has five points in the playoffs thus far.

Ryan Kesler C ANA 5 days ago

Kesler contributed a goal and an assist to his team's Game 3 win over the Jets on Monday.

Kesler also picked up a penalty for Roughing, further aiding fantasy owners in playoff pools that have time spent in the Sin Bin as a scoring category. The 30-year-old center has three points in as many playoff games after logging 20 goals and 27 assists in the regular season.

Ryan Kesler C ANA 3 weeks ago

Kesler (elbow) will return to the lineup Friday against the Avalanche, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Kesler sat out Wednesday's triumph over the Oilers, but his absence seemed to be rest-related more so than out of concern about the health of his elbow. He'll slide back in as a member of the Ducks' second line, where he's expected to center Tomas Fleischmann and Kyle Palmieri.

Ryan Kesler C ANA 3 weeks ago

Coach Bruce Boudreau said that he expects Kesler (elbow) to return to the lineup Friday against the Avalanche, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Kesler missed his first game of the season Wednesday against the Oilers while nursing the elbow injury, but his absence was believed to be for precautionary purposes more than anything else. Barring any sort of setback during Friday's morning skate, expect Kesler to reclaim his usual spot on the Ducks' second line.

Ryan Kesler C ANA 3 weeks ago

Kesler (elbow) will not play Wednesday against the Oilers, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Kesler made it on the ice for morning skate, but was still deemed a game-time decision for the evening contest. Despite sitting out, he seems likely to return Friday against the Avalanche.

Ryan Kesler C ANA 4 weeks ago

Kesler (elbow) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's tilt with the Oilers.

Kesler was on the ice for Wednesday's morning skate, but coach Bruce Boudreau was tight-lipped about the center's status for the evening. Given that the Oilers are one of the NHL's weakest teams, it might make sense for the Ducks to give Kesler the night off to preserve his body for the playoffs. An official decision on his status should come down based on how the Ducks line up during pregame warmups.

Ryan Kesler C ANA 4 weeks ago

Kesler (elbow) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's tilt with the Oilers.

Kesler was on the ice for Wednesday's morning skate, but coach Bruce Boudreau was tight-lipped about the center's status for the evening. Given that the Oilers are one of the NHL's weakest teams, it might make sense for the Ducks to give Kesler the night off to preserve his body for the playoffs. An official decision on his status should come down based on how the Ducks line up during pregame warmups.

Ryan Kesler C ANA 4 weeks ago

Kesler's (elbow) absence from practice Tuesday was described as a maintenance day, according to NHL.com's Curtis Zupke.

Kesler was sporting a wrap on his right elbow Tuesday, but at this stage it looks like the forward should be available for Wednesday's game against the Oilers. We'll let you know if that assessment changes, however.

Ryan Kesler C ANA 4 weeks ago

Kesler, who was sporting a wrap on his right elbow, did not skate at practice Tuesday, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Per the Orange County Register, Kesler's arm absorbed a Francois Beauchemin shot on Sunday, but the forward didn't seem too bothered by the issue afterward, so Tuesday's absence could turn out to be maintenance-related.

Ryan Kesler C ANA 4 weeks ago

Kesler tipped home teammate James Wisniewski's point shot past former teammate Cory Schnieder in the first period of Sunday's tilt with the Devils.

The goal marks 20 on the season for the American, a feat he has achieved seven times now in his career. While his days of 30-goal and 70-point seasons are likely behind him for good, Kesler still provides a solid fantasy option.