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The Slumping Phil Kessel

from Jonas Siegel of TSN,

Kessel scored twice on the 16th of December. He doesn't have a multi-goal game since, totaling only seven in 42 games. That's a paltry 14-goal pace for a player who's topped 30 goals in each of the previous five full seasons.

His production in that time-frame (Dec. 17 – Mar. 21) is stunning to behold. Entering Saturday's play Kessel ranked:

•    247th (tied) in even-strength goals (3)
•    336th (tied) in even-strength points (7)
•    142nd (tied) in total points (20)
•    158th (tied) in total goals (7)

The numbers are even less flattering when narrowed down to just the New Year.

Kessel has just three even-strength points in 2015 – a stretch of 35 games. He does not have an even-strength assist since the calendar flipped over from 2014.

He has as many even-strength points in that same span mind you as fellow Leafs Brandon Kozun, Trevor Smith and Roman Polak and less than Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli, who were traded just before the Mar. 2 deadline.

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Alan's avatar

Kessel scored most of his goals prior to the coaching change.

It’s not rocket science. It’s the new “system” Horachek has in place. If you can call it a system.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 03/22/15 at 05:14 PM ET

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