Phil Kessel RW TOR 3 Days

Kessel picked up two more assists, this time in a 4-0 win over the Stars on Tuesday night. He now has seven points, including five assists, in his last five games.

He has 38 points (17 goals, 21 assists) in 35 games this season, a pace that would see him deliver a career-best 89 points if he keeps it up. It should be noted that 15 of those points have come on the power play -- that's remarkable given that he only tallied 20 points there in 82 games last season. Stick him in your lineup and forget about him.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 5 Days

Kessel gathered two assists in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Flyers.

Because of the Leafs' horrid effort on the defensive end, Kessel was saddled with a minus-2 rating for the night, marking the third negative rating he's taken in his last four games. Even so, fantasy owners likely drafted Kessel for his scoring ability, and he continues to do that about as well as could have been expected. He's notched 17 goals and 19 assists across his 33 games on the campaign.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 10 Days

Kessel scored two goals, including one on the power play, and added an assist in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Ducks.

Remarkably, the two even-strength points doubled his even-strength output from the previous 11 games. The so-called lack of even-strength production will drive Leafs' fans nuts, but make his fantasy owners flat-out giddy with the special-teams production. Kessel is fabulous fantasy play right now -- his current streak stands at five games and seven points, including four goals, and he has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in his last nine contests.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 12 Days

Kessel's power-play assist in Sunday's win over the Kings extended his current point streak to four games and four points (two goals, two assists). He also has eight points in his last eight games.

He's an offensive whiz, but not surprisingly, he won't help you with hits, blocked shots or plus-minus -- he's still in single digits in those first two categories and a negative integer in the other. He now has 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in 30 games this season.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 13 Days

Kessel picked up a power-play assist in Saturday's win over the Red Wings. He now has a point in each of his last three games and seven in his last seven.


Phil Kessel RW TOR 16 Days

Kessel scored the Leafs' lone goal in regulation in a 2-1 shootout victory over the Red Wings.

He has at least a point in five of his last six games and has four goals and two assists in that span. There has been some thought that he's injured, but he hasn't missed a game. And it sure hasn't hurt his ability to put the puck in the net. Use him well.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 22 Days

Kessel scored his 13th goal of the season in Thursday's loss to the Devils. He is now riding a three-game, four-point steak (two goals and two assists).

He only played a hair over 16 minutes and looked stiff and sore at many points, including just after the goal -- his feet got caught and he tripped, twisted in the air and landed hard on his butt and tailbone. He'd been seen at the game-day skate trying to stretch out his hip flexors and back muscles. He's been very durable, but it's almost inevitable that his output will start to suffer at some point if he really is playing hurt. It's worth monitoring.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 1 Month

Updating an earlier report, Kessel (undisclosed) will play Saturday despite leaving practice early on Friday, according to Sportsnet 590 The Fan.

Kessel has been extremely durable over his career. He seems to know when to pull back during practices to keep from himself ready for games. Keep him active.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 1 Month

Kessel left Friday's practice early and could be dealing with an injury, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.

The early exit didn't seem to be merely the result of an equipment issue, so it's probably worth monitoring Kessel's status heading into Saturday's game against the Red Wings. Kessel dealt with an undisclosed injury earlier this month but wasn't forced to miss any action because of it.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 1 Month

Kessel picked up an assist in Thursday's win over the Lightning. It was his first helper in eight games.

He's still scoring goals, but it seems odd that this talented, yet underrated, playmaker hasn't gotten any helpers of late. And there was a funny Phil moment in the third -- Tyler Bozak set him up and he broke in toward Ben Bishop. But he actually missed his stick when he went to grip it with his bottom hand and ended up flubbing it toward the net. How do you miss your stick? Still, he remains in the NHL's to-five scorers and should do so in the foreseeable future.