Phil Kessel RW TOR 5 Months

Phil Kessel and the Maple Leafs' were shut out by Tampa Bay on Tuesday night, effectively suffocating their faint hopes of making the playoffs.

Kessel and the top line hit a cold streak for the Leafs at a very crucial time in the season. In his past six games, the Leafs' sniper has three points despite managing 80 in as many games over the course of the season.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 6 Months

Phil Kessel will be in the lineup for Toronto on Tuesday night.

He required X-rays on his foot after Saturday's loss to Detroit, but coach Randy Carlyle said that Kessel will be available for Tuesday's game against Calgary. He has 36 goals and 77 points in 76 games this season, so keep him in your lineup.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 6 Months

Phil Kessel needed X-rays on his foot after blocking a shot in the Leafs' loss to the Red Wings.

Kessel blocked a shot with his right foot in the third period. Coach Randy Carlyle had no update after the game on Kessel's status or the results of the test. Kessel played 18:07, with three shots on a goal and four penalty minutes. Suffice to say, if he's out the Leafs' chances of digging out of this slump and getting back into a playoff spot are severely hampered.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 6 Months

Phil Kessel scored a goal for the Maple Leafs, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 3-2 loss to the Devils on Sunday night.

By notching his 36th marker of the campaign, Kessel continues his ascent toward the 40-goal plateau and pulls into a second-place tie with Anaheim's Corey Perry in league goal-scoring. Tyler Bozak also registered a power-play tally in the losing effort.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 6 Months

Phil Kessel ended a five-game goal scoring drought when he found the back of the net in a 5-3 loss to the Lightning on Wednesday.

The four-game pointless streak he busted in the game was a season-worst for the sniper. Jake Gardiner and Nikolai Kulemin also scored for the Maple Leafs in the game while Tyler Bozak picked up two assists.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 6 Months

Phil Kessel has not registered a point in the Maple Leafs' last two games.

For anyone else that would not be newsworthy, but Kessel has been so good this season that two games without a point represents a real slump. Kessel may have some trouble breaking his pointless streak against the Capitals on Sunday. He has only 18 points in 26 career games against Washington.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 6 Months

Phil Kessel generated a goal and two assists in Toronto's 3-1 victory over Anaheim on Monday night.

The Leafs sniper hadn't scored in past three outings. Kessel sits third in the NHL with 34 goals and he ranks second with 73 points in 66 contests this season. He also recorded six shots on goal to give him a total of 252 on the year. Kessel's consistency in 2013-14 has him on pace to set new career highs for goals, assists and points.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 7 Months

Phil Kessel found the back of the net for the third straight game.

That streak dates back to before the Olympic break. Not counting the shortened campaign, this is the fifth straight season that Kessel has reached the 30-goal mark, but there's a decent chance he'll end up with at least 40 goals for the first time in his career. He currently ranks second in the NHL with 33 goals in 62 games.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 7 Months

Phil Kessel scored a goal and added an assist for the Maple Leafs in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Islanders Thursday night.

Kessel has now amassed a whopping 17 points in his past 10 outings. Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and Paul Ranger all chipped in with goals in the loss while James van Riemsdyk dished out three assists.

Phil Kessel RW TOR 7 Months

Phil Kessel appeared to be a bit out of sync at Wednesday's practice before he was the first player off the ice.

Kessel was red hot before the Olympic break and he carried that play into Sochi where he was named the tournament's best forward. However, he can be streaky and there could be a slight Olympic hangover when the Leafs return to action on Thursday versus the New York Islanders.