Will Kessel get lucky tonight? We say: Yes

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Though Kessel will not be wearing this uniform tonight, you should still start him in all fantasy formats.

With Leafs RW Phil Kessel returning to the ice as Toronto hosts the Lightning tonight, you can make a case for inserting him immediately into your fantasy lineups.

Never mind that he hasn’t played in six months. Save the tempering of expectations for embattled Leafs coach Ron Wilson, as blogged about by Puck Daddy.

Here at Genius headquarters, we’re projecting Kessel to score at least one goal tonight, likely on the power play. We’re also expecting him to launch at least four shots.

Why are we so optimistic? Look no further than a Tweet last night from the maven, Stan Fischler: “After watching the Lightning thoroughly outplayed by the Devils and now shellacked by Philly, I have to wonder about TB’s psyche and coach.”

Tonight, this selfsame Lightning visits Toronto. And let’s not forget the truth about home ice: It means that the Leafs will have a power play opportunity or three against a team that gave up two PP goals to the Flyers yesterday.

The verdict: Start Kessel with confidence. He will light the lamp.

photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

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