Ryan Kesler hit the ice on Monday morning at Boston's TD Garden, joining his Vancouver Canucks teammates ahead of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, on the day his team could bring his city their first Stanley Cup ever. Kesler was absent from the skate on Sunday morning, fueling rumors that he might be out for Monday's Game 6.
But that's not the case, and Kesler will be just fine for Vancouver. He's played poorly in the series and it's quite possible that he's suffering from some kind of injury. That's really the only way to explain his invisibility, although Henrik and Daniel Sedin have also been equally as hidden.
There was a point in these playoffs where Kesler was in the Conn Smythe Trophy hunt, but that's quickly evaporated during the Finals. He has a single assist and no goals in the series, and that assist came all the way back in Game 1, when his play led to the game-winning goal in the final minute of play.
Kesler will be in the lineup for Game 6, but if the Canucks win and the season ends tonight, we may very well hear that he played with some sort of ailment.
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