Kesler was a full participant in Thursday's practice, so his return vs. the Wild was expected. Kesler missed one game with a hand injury, but will return tonight. He has become talks of a potential trade, so tonight could be his last home game as a Canuck. He is expected to centre Vancouver's second line.
Kesler (hand) practiced with Canucks today and expects to play on Friday.
Kesler missed Wednesday's game with a hand injury that he suffered in Sochi. He participated in practice on Thursday and is probable to play vs. the Wild. Kesler's name has surfaced on the trade market, so Friday could potentially be his last with Vancouver.
Kesler (hand) will not play tonight, he is listed as day-to-day.
Canucks head coach John Tortorella would not divulge the severity of Kesler's hand injury. When asked about MRI results, he said that Kesler is "day-to-day." Tortorella also said that if "Kesler could play, he would play", which suggests that the hand injury is relatively serious. Consider Kesler questionable for Friday's game as well.
Kesler will undergo an MRI after injuring his hand in Sochi.
Kesler was injured while blocking a shot by Ilya Kovalchuk on Feb. 15 in Sochi. Kesler was in considerable pain on the bench and briefly left with an ice pack on his hand, but returned in the 3-2 eight-round shootout victory over the Russians. He played in the final three tournament games for Team USA with his right hand bandaged and sporting a splint. The question now is, will he play Wednesday against the St. Louis Blues at Rogers Arena? “He was in this morning and had some work done; we’ll see how he is (Tuesday),” said Canucks coach John Tortorella. “I’m not overly concerned about him missing a couple of days of practice.”
Kesler has only played in seven games this season. He said he wanted to play before the playoffs, and he will do so tonight. He has been out for over a month with a hairline fracture in his foot. He has one goal and four assists in seven games this season.
Kesler centering Kassian and Raymond during morning line rushes.
Kesler returned to practice today and took line rushes which would usually indicate that he will play tonight. There had been no indication that he was going to return this soon. Monitor his status prior to puck-drop he could be worth a pickup if he does return tonight.
Kesler taking line rushes with Kassian and Higgins #Canucks
Kesler has ditched the no-contact jersey and looks like he is ready to return to the Canucks lineup. The line with Kassian and Higgins provides a lot of speed to go along with grit, toughness and goal scoring ability. Kesler is owned in 79.3% of ESPN fantasy leagues, so if your league is in that 21% where he is not owned... I would suggest picking him up. Kesler had 22 G, 27 A and was a +11 in 77 games last year.