Phil Kessel
RW PIT
7 hours ago

Kessel scored a goal and had a helper in a 5-0 victory over the Flyers in Wednesday's Game 4.

EDGE Analysis

Somewhat surprisingly, this was Kessel's first goal of the postseason. Though the Penguins have been killing the Flyers, Kessel hasn't really gotten in on the fun yet. However, the American winger had 34 goals and a career-high 92 points this season, so there's no reason to worry about him.

Phil Kessel
RW PIT
3 days ago

Kessel contributed an assist during a 5-1 victory Sunday during Game 3 against Philadelphia.

EDGE Analysis

Despite Pittsburgh scoring 13 goals over its first three games, this was Kessel's first point of the series, as his line hasn't had success much offensive success at even strength. During the first three games, Philadelphia has been racking up minor penalties resulting in Kessel averaging a whopping 7:25 of power-play time per game, making it relatively surprising he hasn't more of an impact on the statsheet, especially since he led the NHL in the regular season with 42 points on the man advantage. Head coach Mike Sullivan was also experimenting during parts of Game 2 by placing Kessel with Carl Hagelin and Evgeni Malkin, and if Kessel is permanently bumped up to the second line, more five-on-five points would likely be on the way.

Phil Kessel
RW PIT
2 weeks ago

Kessel scored a goal and added a power-play assist during Friday's 4-0 win over Ottawa.

EDGE Analysis

By suiting up Friday, Kessel has now played every game in each of the past eight seasons. His multi-point showing also upped his career-best point total to 92, and he reached the 30-goal plateau for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign. Additionally, his 19 playoff goals over the past two postseasons lead the league, so he projects to be a reliable asset in all playoff settings for the duration of Pittsburgh's quest for its third consecutive Stanley Cup.

Phil Kessel
RW PIT
2 weeks ago

Kessel scored two goals, including the game-winner 1:06 into overtime, while adding an assist in Thursday's 5-4 victory over the Blue Jackets.

EDGE Analysis

His first tally came with the man advantage, tying his previous career high with 12 power-play goals on the season. Kessel's been running hot or cold down the stretch, posting four multi-point efforts over the last eight games but getting held off the scoresheet entirely three times. That hasn't stopped the 30-year-old from amassing a career-high 90 points on the season, however.

Phil Kessel
RW PIT
3 weeks ago

Kessel (lower body) took pregame warmups and is expected to play Sunday evening for a home draw against the Capitals, Chase Williams of WPXI reports.

EDGE Analysis

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan deemed Kessel a game-time decision, but that's notoriously been his go-to designation for just about any injured player, and Phil the Thrill was on the ice for warmups to indicate that he'll play in this divisional contest. The 30-year-old from Madison, Wisconsin has 736 points (327 goals, 409 assists) through 911 career games between Boston, Toronto and Pittsburgh.

Phil Kessel
RW PIT
3 weeks ago

Kessel (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's home clash with the Capitals, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.

EDGE Analysis

They call him "Phil the Thrill," but Penguins fans have been holding their collective breath since the megastar left Saturday's game against the Canadiens in the third period. Kessel's notched a career-high 87 points (31 goals, 56 assists) through 79 games, but that total might be lost on some fantasy owners since the Pens feature even bigger names in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Still, if you're counting on Kessel, check back around warmups to see if he'll give it a go.

Phil Kessel
RW PIT
3 weeks ago

Kessel exited Saturday's 5-2 victory over Montreal in the third period and didn't return, and head coach Mike Sullivan confirmed Kessel was dealing with an injury after the game Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports..

EDGE Analysis

Earlier in the match Kessel reportedly appeared to be in some discomfort, but was able to remain in the game and log 16:48 of ice time -- including a power-play goal on his only shot -- and it was just the end of the third period when the game was already decided that he disappeared to the dressing room. Although the injury seems to be minor, Pittsburgh did clinch a spot in the playoffs with the victory, and Kessel likely won't return until he's near 100 percent. If the 30-year-old isn't able to go Sunday against Washington, Patric Hornqvist figures to move up to the second line and play with Evgeni Malkin.

Phil Kessel
RW PIT
4 weeks ago

Kessel had two assists and two shots on goal in a 5-4 overtime win against the Flyers on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Make it a five-game point streak for Kessel, who now has 85 points total. Additionally, one of his helpers came on the power play, giving him a whopping 38 points with the extra man. As the Penguins prime themselves for the playoffs, the 30-year-old is as hot as ever.

Phil Kessel
RW PIT
1 month ago

Kessel notched two assists, one on the power play, in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Canadiens.

EDGE Analysis

He also added four shots, but came away with a minus-1 rating. Kessel is on a roll, scoring five goals and 16 points over the last 13 games, and his 82 points on the season ties his previous career high set with the Leafs in 2011-12.

Phil Kessel
RW PIT
1 month ago

Kessel recorded two assists and three shots during Monday's 4-3 overtime win against Calgary.

EDGE Analysis

This was Kessel's third consecutive multi-point showing and his fourth through his past six outings. The recent heater has him up to 27 goals and 49 assists through 67 games for the year, and he's currently in line to post the highest point total of his career. Additionally, he's all but guaranteed to post his first 30-goal campaign since the 2013-14 campaign.