Pro Update: Kessel Stays Hot, AHL Playoffs Start Tonight

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The NHL regular season continues to wind down with only one game remaining for the majority of teams.

Former Gopher Phil Kessel continued his offensive tear for the playoff-bound Maple Leafs on Thursday in Toronto's 4-0 win over Nick Bjugstad and the Florida Panthers. Kessel netted  a pair of second period goals in the win to bring his season total to 19 (his 51 points rank sixth in the NHL this season with one regular-season game remaining).

Kessel has eight points in his last four games as the Leafs finish up the regular season on Saturday at home against Montreal. 


 Wheeler and the Jets Finish 20112-13 Campaign 

Blake Wheeler and the Winnipeg Jets' chances of making the playoffs were dashed even before the team's 4-2 loss to Montreal on Thursday night as both Ottawa and the New York Rangers locked up the Eastern Conference's final playoff slots with overtime wins.

The only team in the NHL to have concluded its shortened 48-game schedule so far, the Jets went 6-1-1 to finish the season and finished ninth in the East.

Wheeler gave Winnipeg a 2-1 lead in the second period with his 19th goal of the season to finish the season with 41 total points (Wheeler currently ranks 14th in NHL goals this season and 25th in points).


Noteworthy

-Alex Goligoski and the Dallas Stars were eliminated from playoff contention with last night's 3-1 loss to Columbus (coupled with Detroit's 5-2 win over Nashville). Goligoski finished the year with 27 points (three goals, 24 assists). 

-Reminder that the American Hockey League Calder Cup playoffs kick off tonight. Here's the league's link to Playoff Central.

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