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.
Kesler stays in the lineup, playing through bumps and bruises. The Ohio State product scored two goals and seven points through his first 14 games. Expect him to center the second line and play on the top PP unit.