SANSan Jose Sharks
2014 Record: 51-22-9
#81 Tyler Kennedy
Apr 20: With the team reporting no lineup changes for Game 2, it looks like Kennedy will be a healthy scratch again, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News. Kennedy's season-long struggles are taking precedent over his playoff experience. Kennedy, short of some bad play by a bottom six forward or an injury, may be hard pressed to find playing time in round one.

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Apr 18: Kennedy was a healthy scratch in Game 1 against the Kings. Kennedy has struggled all season, failing to provide the offensive depth the Sharks were looking for. Through 67 games he scored four goals and had 17 total points. While he has good playoff experience, it seems unlikely that Kennedy will get a lot of playing time in what is likely to be a very physical series.

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Apr 2: Kennedy had an assist and a single shot through 8:19 of playing time in Tuesday's win over Edmonton. That assists snaps a slump of nine games without a point. Things have been ugly for Kennedy in 2014. He has just two assists in the last 17 games and hasn't scored a goal in 19. With those numbers, it's not surprising that he's also found himself a healthy scratch a number of times.

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Mar 15: Kennedy returned to the lineup Friday after being scratched for two straight games. He finished with three shots through 12:35 of ice time. With Raffi Torres likely to return to the lineup on Sunday, it's possible we see Kennedy's name on the scratch list again. Until he finds his offensive game, he may have a tough time cracking the lineup on a consistent basis.

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Mar 12: Kennedy was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday against Toronto. Kennedy was expected to have a bounce-back season in San Jose and it's proven to be anything but. In 54 games he has just four goals and 12 assists. Since the break he's played in five of seven games, tallying a single assist and a minus-1 rating. He's also seen his playing time drop off below ten minutes twice in that stretch, with a high-water mark of 11:06. He'll need to prove himself before you should trust him again.

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Mar 5: Kennedy had an assist, breaking a seven-game pointless streak, in an OT loss to Carolina Tuesday. With the Sharks offense healthy for the first time all season, Kennedy is battling for ice time. His 11:06 Tuesday was the most he's seen since the Olympic break. He'll need more than an assist to get back up around 14-15 minutes per night.

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Feb 27: Kennedy took rushes on the third line during Thursday's morning skate, according to David Pollak of the Mercury News. Kennedy appears healthy and ready to return to the lineup. The winger has four goals and 11 assists through 49 games this season.

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Feb 6: Kennedy (undisclosed) is not expected to return to the lineup until the Sharks' first game after the Olympic break on Feb. 27, CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz reports. Kennedy has missed the previous four games with the injury and has already been ruled out for the Sharks' final game before the break after suffering a recent setback. He should be ready to go following the extended rest.

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Feb 5: Kennedy had a set back and will not suit up for Wednesdays game, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area. With this set back it would be surprising to see Kennedy take the ice before the Olympic break. Though, with the Sharks' struggling offense, they may look for any spark they can get in their final game before the break on Friday. Kennedy's status remains day-to-day.

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Feb 4: Kennedy (undisclosed) expects to play Wednesday against the Stars, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Kennedy was nearly able to play Monday vs. the Flyers before being scratched before the puck dropped. With another practice under his belt Tuesday, coach Todd McLellan probably has less reservations about re-inserting him back into the lineup.

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Feb 3: Kennedy (undisclosed) is out for Monday's game against the Flyers, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Kennedy was reportedly looking good to play earlier in the day, but he was ruled out shortly before game time. He'll miss a third consecutive game and probably has a shot to return Wednesday against the Stars.

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Feb 3: Kennedy (undisclosed) looks likely to play Monday against the Flyers, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Kennedy took part in line work during morning skate, signaling that he'll probably be ready to go Monday. He's missed the previous two games with an undisclosed injury and figures to see about 10-15 minutes of action in his return to the lineup.

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Feb 2: Kennedy (undisclosed) is questionable for Monday's game against the Flyers, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Kennedy has missed two games with the still unspecified injury, but if he can make it through morning skate without issue, the 27-year-old could get the green light to go against Philly.

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Feb 1: Kennedy (undisclosed) is not expected to play Saturday vs. the Blackhawks, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Kennedy was on the ice for morning skate but was held out of line rushes, a sign he's not quite ready for a return. He'll miss his second straight game due to the injury, but it doesn't appear to be a long-term concern.

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Jan 30: Kennedy (undisclosed) will not play in Thursday's game against the Flames. Kennedy left Wednesday's game with an undisclosed injury and was unable to return. He typically works on the third line for the Sharks, so he should be considered day-to-day with the injury.

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Jan 30: Kennedy sustained an undisclosed injury in the second period of Wednesday's loss to the Oilers and did not return, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports. There was no immediate update on his condition after the game. Kennedy typically sees most of his ice time on the third line and has four goals and 11 assists in 49 games.

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Jan 20: Kennedy had an assist and a plus-1 rating in the Sharks' win over Tampa Bay on Saturday. That's points in three straight for Kennedy, who has struggled contributing offensively this season. In the 17 games prior to this streak he had just a single assist. Buyer beware. It's not clear that Kennedy's offensive struggles are truly behind him.

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Jan 17: Kennedy had an assist and two shots in Thursday's victory over the Panthers. Kennedy has points in two consecutive games, but he's got a ways to climb before he earns the trust of the coaching staff again. That can be seen in his playing time. He's only broken 15 minutes once since November 23rd, and has been under 12 minutes in nine of his last 14 games.

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Jan 15: Kennedy scored his fourth goal of the year -- and his first since back on Nov. 23 -- in Tuesday's 2-1 shootout win over Washington. Kennedy was the lone man to tally for the Sharks against Washington rookie Philip Grubauer, and in doing so collected just his second point in his last 18 games. He also skated 15:07 in this one, his highest total since -- perhaps not coincidentally -- Nov. 23.

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Jan 9: Kennedy (illness) will be back in the lineup Thursday, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Kennedy appears to have his energy back after missing four games with the flu. He wasn't limited at all during the team's morning skate and should slot in on the third line with Bracken Kearns and Andrew Desjardins in his return.

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Jan 9: Kennedy was out practicing with the team on Thursday and was slotted into the third line. He may be back in the line up against Detroit on Thursday, according to CSN's Kevin Kurz. Kennedy missed time with the flu and the Sharks could use as many healthy bodies as possible. If he's feeling well enough to practice, it would follow that they'll try to get him into game action as soon as possible.

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Jan 8: The Sharks expect Kennedy (illness) to return this week, David Pollak of the Mercury News reports. Kennedy has missed the last four games with the flu, but it sounds like he is starting to progress. There's no word yet on his availability for Thursday's game against the Red Wings, but it probably depends a lot on how he feels after Thursday's morning skate, so we probably won't hear anything until then.

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Jan 7: Kennedy (illness) will miss his fourth straight game Tuesday, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports. Kennedy is not yet traveling with the team, as he remains back in San Jose continuing to regain strength following a bout with the flu. Look for him to return at some point during the Sharks' homestand beginning Thursday.

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Jan 3: Kennedy will not travel with the Sharks on their current road trip due to the flu, David Pollak of the Mercury News reports. Kennedy has had some inconsistent minutes in his first season with the Sharks, but recently it has been related to having the flu. He should be considered day-to-day with the illness for the Sharks.

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Dec 22: Kenedy, two games after being a healthy scratch, had an assist and a minus-1 rating in just 6:51 of ice time in Saturday's win over Dallas. Kennedy hit a season low in icetime against Dallas on Tuesday. Despite an assist on the Sharks' first goal of the game, Kennedy was used sparingly and on the fourth line. It seems that Coach Todd McLellan will have Kennedy in the doghouse until he finds his game and can work better inside the Sharks' system. Though the long-term exit of Tomas Hertl to an injury could create an opening for Kennedy to work his way back up the depth chart.

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Dec 19: Kennedy will return to the Sharks lineup in Thursday's game against LA, according to CSN's Kevin Kurz. Kennedy, who came to San Jose through a trade with Pittsburgh at the 2013 NHL Draft, was a healthy scratch for the first time this season in Tuesday's game against St. Louis. He will return to the lineup on the fourth line in Thursday's game.

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Nov 22: Kennedy had an assist and was plus-1 in the Sharks' win over the Lightning Thursday. Kennedy has assists in two straight games. Here's hoping that Kennedy is going to get his offensive touch back.

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Nov 18: Kennedy had an assist, a neutral plus/minus rating, and a team leading five shots in Sunday's 5-1 loss to Chicago. There weren't many bright spots for any Sharks players Sunday, so a neutral plus/minus and a handful of shots looks pretty rosy compared how it could have gone for fantasy owners.

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Nov 13: Kennedy had an assist and two shots in the Sharks' OT win Tuesday. Kennedy has not had the resurgence anyone was hoping for. With two goals and five assists on the season he's been serviceable, but far from the sleeper pick you might have hoped for when drafting.

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Nov 6: Kennedy scored his second of the year, as well as adding eight shots and seven penalty minutes in the Sharks' loss Tuesday. Having Kennedy in your roster means taking the good with the bad. He contributed big time Tuesday, but he has had three straight games hovering around 13 minutes of playing time. He spent a little time on Joe Pavelski's line during the third period Tuesday as well. No word if that'll stick (he scored after the line change), but Kennedy has been playing musical chairs with lines lately. It'd be nice for fantasy owners if he could gel with a line and find a permanent home.

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Nov 1: Kennedy, who spent most of this season on the third line with Joe Pavelski and Matt Nieto, will be moving up the depth chart and playing on a line with Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl in Saturday's game, David Pollak of the Mercury News reports. Kennedy only has five points on the season and fantasy owners were hoping for much more. This may be a golden opportunity for Kennedy who has yet to join in the scoring frenzy in San Jose.

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Oct 27: Kennedy had an assist and a plus-1 rating in the Sharks win Saturday. Kennedy seems to be finding his place in San Jose. The boxscore doesn't show it yet, but he's getting comfortable, taking more shots, and looking like he could return to old form. However, be wary. The fantasy numbers aren't quite there yet.

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Oct 18: Kennedy scored his first goal of the year just nine seconds into Thursday's game against the Stars. He also went plus-2 in the shootout loss. Kennedy had been pretty unproductive despite significant ice time -- including power-play time -- this year, so it's good to see him break through with a goal. If he doesn't keep performing, though, he could quite reasonably lose ice time on a San Jose team that has good scoring depth.

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Oct 11: Kennedy had an assist for the second straight game on Thursday. He also saw a season high 18:15 of ice time. Kennedy, while he only registered a single shot in the win, was a plus-1, bringing him to plus-5 on the year. Overall, we're starting to see signs that Kennedy is beginning to jell in San Jose. A good omen for those who drafted Kennedy hoping to see a bounce-back year.

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Oct 9: Kennedy got an assist in the Sharks' 9-2 thumping of the Rangers Tuesday. Many were hoping the move to San Jose would precipitate a resurgence from Kennedy after a sluggish last season. So far he's just got the one assist, declining ice time, and an average of 2.67 shots per game.

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Sep 19: Kennedy has spent the last two days practicing on San Jose's second line with Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau, Dave Pollak of the Mercury News reports. Kennedy likes to shoot the puck and he'll get a lot of opportunities on this fast-paced line. This could be a key to the rebound year that Kennedy owners will be hoping for. It will also help if Kennedy finds himself on the team's second power-play unit, where he has been practicing this week. While lines are solidifying in San Jose, take this all with a grain of salt. Coach Todd McLellan has had Kennedy playing musical chairs with lines since camp opened.

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Sep 12: In his first day of practice with the Sharks, Kennedy spent the day on the top line with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area is reporting. Kennedy has the potential to rebound after a slow year last season. Being on a line with Jumbo Joe and Burns would be a step in the right direction and could make him an interesting late round pick-up in your draft. However, it's just the first day of practice. Don't get too excited.

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Jul 5: Kennedy signed a two-year, $4.6 million deal to remain with the Sharks. Kennedy was traded from the Penguins to the Sharks on Sunday. He scored just 11 points in 46 games last season, and averaged 12:28 of ice time per game - his lowest since his rookie season. However, with a full season ahead in 2013-14, look for Kennedy to use the change of scenery to return to the form that saw him average 39 points per season from 2010-12.

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Jun 30: The Penguins have traded Kennedy to the Sharks for a 2013 second-round pick, 50th overall. Dealing Kennedy frees up some cap money for the Penguins, while boosting the Sharks' depth up front. He's coming off a 2012-13 campaign in which he notched just 11 points in 46 games, but assuming he lands on a scoring trio in San Jose, Kennedy's production figures to increase this coming season.

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May 9: Kennedy spearheaded a 4-0 win Thursday, netting the game-winning goal in his first postseason action. He registered four shots on goal and was credited with two takeaways while playing inspired hockey. Kennedy started out on the team's fourth line, but moved up to the third unit with Matt Cooke and Brandon Sutter. There's little doubt Kennedy will be in the lineup Saturday for Game 6.

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May 9: Kennedy is expected to crack the Pens' starting lineup Thursday for the first time in the postseason. Pittsburgh is looking for Kennedy's simple north-south type game, someone who will shoot the puck. The winger has five goals and nine points in 13 playoff games over the last two postseasons and could prove to be a good pickup for a game.

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Apr 7: Kennedy's run as a centerman lasted less than two games, as coach Dan Bylsma admitted that the forward was better suited for play on the wing. Kennedy has just one assist in his last six games. He has only nine points (5G, 4A) in 38 games, well off his career average. He'll be an unrestricted free agent after the season and it wouldn't be surprising to see him move on from the Penguins.

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Apr 2: After centering Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis to start the game,Kennedy ended Tuesday's game as a fourth-line winger. Pens coach Dan Bylsma was less than forthcoming when talking about Kennedy after the game, but it's apparent that the diminutive winger shouldn't write his name in ink as the center for Kunitz and Dupuis. Dustin Jeffrey centered the aforementioned wingers in the third period.

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Apr 1: Kennedy is expected to center a line with Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis on Tuesday against Buffalo, in place of Sidney Crosby, the team's official site reports. How long Kennedy sticks with Kunitz and Dupuis remains to be seen, but he does have four points (1G, 3A) in his last seven games on the third line. He's worth a look as a speculative play -- if nothing else, Kennedy is always good for taking an inordinate number of shots on goal.

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Mar 24: Kennedy ripped an overtime game-winning goal against Philadelphia on Sunday night. Kennedy, who missed Friday's game due to illness, has never met a shot he didn't like to take. He has only five goals to date but is playing his best hockey of the year.

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Mar 24: Kennedy (illness) "should be good" to play against the Flyers on Sunday, according to coach Dan Bylsma. Kennedy was unable to play Friday night against the Islanders because of an illness, but it looks like he should be a go for Sunday night's contest, which is more than can be said of teammates Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang.

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Mar 22: Kennedy is not on the ice for Pittsburgh's pre-game skate and will not play against the Islanders on Friday. The Penguins recalled Trevor Smith from AHL Wilkes-Barre to take Kennedy's spot in the lineup.

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Mar 16: Kennedy picked up two points in a game for the first time since March -- a span of 39 games -- Saturday against the Rangers. Kennedy is the subject of trade rumors, as his play has been spotty throughout the season. He will also been an unrestricted free agent in the summer. In the meantime, he'll look to bump his trade value in the coming weeks and could be a decent short-term pickup.

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Feb 20: Kennedy scored his first goal since the second game of the season Wednesday. He finished with a plus-3 rating despite seeing less than eight minutes (7:48) of ice time. There's a decent chance Pittsburgh moves the impending unrestricted free agent prior to the trade deadline. Considering that he's averaging less than 10 minutes of action, a change of scenery might help rebuild his fantasy value.

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Feb 9: Kennedy collected his first assist -- and first point since the season opener -- Saturday afternoon. The forward ended a 10-game drought with the helper. Kennedy saw only 10 shifts and 7:18 against New Jersey.

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Feb 3: Kennedy skated less than 10 minutes (9:51) in Sunday's win over Washington. His role continues to diminish as the Pens' winning streak continues to grow. This isn't a good combination for the winger or his fantasy owners. He has the ability to score goals on whatever line he plays --right now it's the fourth line -- but it appears he's taking a backseat in Pittsburgh's plans.

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Jan 30: Kennedy skated on Pittsburgh's No. 4 line during Wednesday's practice, according to the Penguins' Web site. Kennedy's two-game tryout next to Evgeni Malkin didn't go particularly well, even though the diminutive winger generated four shots per game. His game is better suited for the third line and he'll likely end up averaging his customary one-half point per-game on whichever line he sees time.

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Jan 27: Kennedy split duty on the Evgeni Malkin line with Eric Tangradi on Sunday. Kennedy went pointless for the second time in as many games on the Malkin line. While he didn't look out of place, he hasn't done anything to secure a long-term spot on the No. 2 line. It's quite possible he'll see more time on the third line than the second one going forward -- as he has for the last several years.

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Jan 25: Kennedy attempted seven shots Friday, finishing with five shots on goal against the Jets. Kennedy didn't find the scoreboard but drew a penalty while playing on a line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal. The Pens are playing the right winger on the left wing, so it remains to be seen how well he'll adapt to the role. He likely earned at least another game or two on the line with his play on Friday night.

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Jan 24: Kennedy practiced on a line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal on Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Kennedy is a shoot-first type of skater who offers some speed and grit. He's failed in past attempts to play next to Sidney Crosby but looked good with Malkin and Steve Sullivan during training camp in the fall of 2011. Coach Bylsma has stated that Kennedy will not be the only skater to play on the Malkin line, but there's no denying he has better fantasy value playing with Geno and Neal than he does on a third line.

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Jan 21: A league review has stripped Kennedy of a goal he was credited with Saturday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Kennedy's loss proved to be Paul Martin's gain, as the defenseman now gets credit for the goal. Kennedy owners can take solace in the fact the winger scored in the team's second game and is off to a strong start.

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Jan 20: Kennedy scored his second goal in as many games Sunday against the Rangers. The forward has always been a fast starter and 2013 is proving to be no different. Kennedy will be a free agent at season's end and has plenty of motivation for putting together a big season.

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Jan 19: Kennedy was credited with the first Pens' goal Saturday, marking the four time in five season opener's that he's scored. Replays showed the Flyers' Luke Schenn likely re-directed the Paul Martin shot past Ilya Bryzgalov, but so far the goal has stayed with Kennedy.

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Jan 7: Barring a preseason trade, Kennedy is likely in the running for a spot alongside Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, the Penguins' Web site reports. Chris Kunitz moving back to the Crosby line leaves an opening with Malkin and Neal. Kennedy is in the running for the spot, as are Matt Cooke, Beau Bennett and Eric Tangradi. Coach Dan Bylsma has said that it's possible players may be rotated with Malkin and Neal, depending on the particular situation. For his part, Kennedy slipped to 11 goals and 33 points in 60 games last season after compiling 45 points (21G, 24A) in 80 games during 2010-11.

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Oct 12: Kennedy continues to skate with a small group of Penguins at a suburban hockey rink outside of Pittsburgh. The winger slumped to 11 goals and 33 points in 60 games last year -- his goal total was the fewest since his 2007-08 rookie season. Kennedy is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the spring -- new CBA rules notwithstanding -- making a rebound campaign even more important for the 26-year-old.

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Apr 21: Kennedy scored what turned out to be the game winner midway through the second period on Friday night as Pittsburgh held on to defeat Philadelphia 3-2. He also added an assist on Pittsburgh's second goal. Kennedy is having a solid series with three goals and three assists through five games. Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series goes Sunday afternoon.

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Apr 18: With James Neal out on suspension, Kennedy is expected to skate on the top line Wednesday alongside Evgeni Malkin and Chris Kunitz, according to TSN.ca. While that may not boost his power play time, any time a guy is seeing regular minutes with Malkin he's worth a look in daily lineup leagues. Kennedy has never been a huge scorer, but he does have two points in what's been an offensive (perhaps in more ways than one) series to date and his ice time should see an uptick Wednesday with other regulars out of the lineup.

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Mar 28: Kennedy is practicing on a line with Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke on Wednesday, according to the Penguins' Twitter Feed. The third-line gang is back after a year or so of shuffling injuries. Kennedy's shoot-first, think-second philosophy proved to be a poor match with recent linemate Sidney Crosby. Still, he has value and has succeeded with Cooke and Staal in the past. He has eight points (4,4) in his last eight contests.

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Mar 20: Playing on a line with Sidney Crosby for the fourth straight game, Kennedy potted his seventh and eighth goals of the season Tuesday. Prior to Tuesday, Kennedy had four assists in three games with Crosby and Matt Cooke but no goals. In fact, the shooting winger had gone 17 games and 54 shots without scoring. He has the ability score with or without Crosby, but having the league's best third-line center doesn't hurt. The Pens are winning and it's unlikely coach Dan Bylsma changes the lines in the short-term.

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Mar 13: Kennedy is pointless in four games since returning from a high-ankle sprain but will likely serve as Sidney Crosby's wingman Thursday, the Penguins' Web site reports. The Pens tried Kennedy alongside Crosby two or three years ago and the experiment failed immediately. There are no guarantees this time will be any different, but Kennedy's game has matured the last couple years.

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Mar 5: Kennedy will return to lineup Tuesday after missing 11 games with a high-ankle sprain, according to the Penguins' official Twitter feed. It's not exactly the return of Sidney Crosby, but Kennedy is a decent role player in his own right and if he's healthy that leaves the forward lines in pretty good shape for the playoffs. And if Crosby were somehow able to return at anything close to his usual self, this would be a loaded group come the postseason.

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Mar 5: Kennedy (ankle) is a game-time decision for Monday's game against Phoenix, the Penguins' official site reports. Kennedy has been out since early-February, so it is a good sign that he is at least in consideration to play Monday. Whenever he does return, he will likely be eased back into action.

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Feb 29: Kennedy (ankle) participated in select drills during the team's morning skate Wednesday and is getting closer to a return, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Kennedy won't play against the Stars but could return as soon as Saturday in Colorado. The Penguins will likely ease him back into a third-line role when he does come back.

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Feb 29: Kennedy (high ankle sprain) participated in Wednesday's morning skate, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Kennedy is still not ready for game action, but his presence Wednesday is a step in the right direction to that end and one that could well lead to an increased participation level at practice in the coming days.

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Feb 25: Kennedy (ankle) has skated on his own for the past few days, according to the Penguins' Web site. Kennedy is three weeks into a 4-6 recovery time prognosis for a high ankle sprain. Kennedy has disappointed the Penguins and fantasy owners alike with his sporadic play in 2011-12 but still has a chance to show his worth with a strong finish.

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Feb 20: The Penguins have placed Kennedy (ankle) on IR, retroactive to Feb. 7, the Penguins' official site reports. Kennedy has been out for most of the month with a high-ankle sprain. He is expected to be out for another month or so, but is eligible to return whenever he is healthy.

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Feb 9: Kennedy will miss approximately 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain, the Penguins' Web site reports. "Tyler Kennedy was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain, 4-6 weeks," coach Dan Bylsma. "After a week we'll have a better idea of what the timeframe looks like exactly, as it calms down over the next week or so and as he rehabs. Right now we're looking at 4-6 weeks." Jordan Staal is expected back shortly, but the Pens can't seem to catch a break with their secondary scoring efforts.

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Feb 7: Kennedy (left leg) will not play Tuesday in Montreal, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Coach Dan Bylsma could update Kennedy's status later Tuesday or Wednesday. The fact that the Pens haven't said anything about Kennedy can't be considered good news for his fantasy owners. Fingers crossed.

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Feb 6: Kennedy (left leg) did not take part in practice Monday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. He was unable to put weight on his left leg after crashing into the boards behind Martin Brodeur on Sunday. It wouldn't be surprising to see Kennedy miss time. The team has yet to update his status going forward.

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Feb 5: Kennedy left the ice after he and Alexei Ponikarovsky collided into the end boards during Sunday's loss to New Jersey, Sam Kasan of the Penguins' official website reports. Kennedy reportedly did not put pressure on one leg as he hobbled off the ice. He then headed to the locker room. Kennedy is having another strong season, with 22 points (6G, 16A) and 29 PIM through 41 games. Fantasy owners are likely holding their breath, and an update from the team should be coming shortly.

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Jan 13: Kennedy scored his sixth goal of the year, and first in six games, Friday night against Florida. An increase in playing time has not materialized. Kennedy skated just 14:08 despite starting at right wing on a second line with Pascal Dupuis and Dustin Jeffrey. Five Penguin forwards saw more power-play time than Kennedy, but at least he scored a goal. Kennedy is one of the team's streakier players and his confidence could feed off the score.

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Jan 8: Kennedy's role figures to grow with recent injuries to Jordan Staal and James Neal. Kennedy has had an uneven showing in 2011-12, but still has 19 points (5,14) in 29 contests. He battled a concussion for nearly a month but is purported to be healthy right now. The forward ranks just 11th on the team in power-play time (1:56 per game), but that number figures to rise due to injury. Kennedy has just three power-play points -- all assists -- but collected 14 (7,7) last season.

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Dec 30: Kennedy has seven points in his last five games after a two-point effort Thursday night. We saw him pick up his game Dec. 20 and he's come through with results ever since. Kennedy has taken four shots or more in eight of 12 December contests. So long as the team lets him shoot at will, there's a decent chance he continues to come through for fantasy poolies.

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Dec 21: Kennedy scored his fourth goal of the season and first in 11 games Tuesday. Kennedy still has hidden fantasy value even when he doesn't score. He's taken 37 shots on goal in nine December games. The winger hasn't played his way onto a top two line, but Tuesday's goal against Chicago could get the streaky scorer going again.

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Nov 25: Kennedy scored one goal and assisted on a pair of others Friday night. He's relegated to third-line play, but could skate on a top-two spot if injuries hit Pittsburgh again. For now he'll continue to play alongside Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke. Kennedy has three goals and nine points in 12 games.

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Nov 18: Kennedy, who picked up an assist in his return to the lineup from a concussion Tuesday, scored a goal late in Thursday's loss to the Lightning. It's good to see Kennedy jumping right back into the flow of things offensively, but he only skated 12:55 Thursday, notably less than his season average of 15:46.

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Nov 16: Kennedy (concussion) recorded 15:07 TOI and an assist Tuesday in his first action in a month. Kennedy would not have played had he been dealing with lingering concussion symptoms, so consider him healthy moving forward. Kennedy will be an interesting guy to keep an eye on - he has recorded four points (1G, 3A) in seven games this season.

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Nov 14: Kennedy (concussion) will be a game-time decision Tuesday, Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Kennedy keeps getting closer and closer to a spot in the lineup. He skated prior to both of Pittsburgh's weekend contests but did not play.

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Nov 14: Kennedy (concussion) did not play in either of the Penguins' games this weekend, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Kennedy has been practicing with the team for over a week, so Pittsburgh expects him to be back in the lineup soon.

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Nov 12: Kennedy (concussion) will not play against the 'Canes on Saturday, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Kennedy was one of a several Penguins to skate Saturday morning, but he's still not ready to return from concussion.

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Nov 11: Kennedy (concussion) will not play Friday night against the Stars, according to the Penguins' Web site. Kennedy has returned to practice with contact. He's made significant progress in his recovery from concussion and could be activated as soon as Saturday in Carolina. Eric Tangradi will take his spot in the lineup Friday against the Stars.

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Nov 10: Kennedy (concussion) will be a game-time decision Friday, the Penguins' Web site reports. Kennedy has been out since Oct. 15 due to a concussion. He has three points in six games. Coach Dan Bylsma recently stated he's been impressed with the way Kennedy has meshed with the team's top-six forwards, meaning that Kennedy could find himself playing part of his time with skilled linemates. He scored 21 goals last year and could pick up where he left off.

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Nov 9: Kennedy (concussion) participated in practice Wednesday, the Penguins' Web site reports. Kennedy is nearing a return after playing in just six games before sitting with a head injury. There's a chance that he could be activated in time for Friday's game -- his return is not far off.

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Nov 2: Kennedy (concussion) skated on his own Wednesday as part of his recovery process, according to the Penguins' Web site. "Kennedy was on the ice today," coach Dan Bylsma said Wednesday. "Two days ago he road the bike. Yesterday he skated on his own. He passed his baseline. This is the next step for him, getting on the ice in a practice with no contact with the team. It's good to see him on that road." Kennedy played in the team's first six games but has been sidelined ever since.

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Oct 17: Kennedy is experiencing post-concussion symptoms Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. He first mentioned the issue to the team's coaches Sunday night upon arrival in Winnipeg. In any case, he didn't participate in the morning skate Monday and seemingly won't be able to play against the Jets as a result.

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Oct 15: Kennedy picked up an assist and has three points (1, 2) in six games for the Pens. He's on pace for a typical 40-45 point campaign. That said, Kennedy hasn't taken his game to the next level after a strong second half in 2010-11. It's still early, but it looks like Kennedy will be more of a player to stick in fantasy lineups only when he's hot and not on a nightly basis.

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Sep 23: Kennedy notched a goal and two assists Thursday against Chicago. He's trying to crack the lineup as a top-six forward and thus far he's off to a strong start. Most likely, Kennedy will move back and forth between the team's second and third lines. Even so, he retains fantasy value because of the high number of shots he takes. Kennedy's, who's coming off a career-high 21 goals, signed a two-year, $4 million deal in the summer.

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Sep 18: Kennedy scored several scrimmage goals Saturday as he looks for an expanded role in with the Pens in 2011-12. Kennedy, who scored 21 goals and 45 points in 80 games last season, is off to a good start. He could land a top-six forward spot if things break his way. The line of Kennedy-Evgeni Malkin-Steve Sullivan was the team's strongest Saturday and Sunday.

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Jul 1: The Pens signed Kennedy to a two-year, $4 million deal Friday. It remains to be seen whether he'll serve as a top-six forward or as part of a third line with Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke. Chances are he'll do some of both, based upon injuries and coach Dan Bylsma's scorecard.

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Jun 28: The Penguins, who didn't extend a qualifying offer to Kennedy on Monday, believe they will still sign him, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Pens GM Ray Shero did not want to go through the uncertainty of arbitration, which might not be decided until sometime in August. ııWe want clarity in this situation. By doing this we get the most clarity,ıı Shero said. ııAn arbitration hearing can go into early August. We want to know what's going on before then.ıı Although anything can happen, it's likely that Kennedy will continue his career with the Pens.

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Jun 27: The Penguins did not issue a qualifying offer to Kennedy by Monday's deadline, making him an unrestricted free agent as of noon Friday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pens GM Ray Shero said that we "will continue to speak to him and his agent in an effort to bring him back." The decision to extend Kennedy a qualifying offer was thought to be based upon whether the team viewed him as a top-six forward or as a third liner. The possibility of signing Jaromir Jagr may also have weighed in on Shero's decision.

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Apr 25: Kennedy assisted on one of Pittsburgh's two goals in Monday's Game 6 loss to Tampa Bay, giving him a point in three of the last four games. Look for Kennedy to continue to have a hand in the Penguins' attack for however long they remain in the playoffs. With injuries to Pittsburgh's stars, players like Kennedy are being counted upon to secure more scoring.

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Apr 20: Kennedy scored Pittsburgh's first power-play goal of the playoffs in Wednesday's double-OT win over Tampa Bay. The Penguins went 0-for-15 on the man advantage through the series' first three games before Kennedy broke through for Game 4's first goal of the night.

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Apr 19: Kennedy netted the game-winning in Game 3 against Tampa Bay on Monday. The Penguins will need Kennedy to continue his offensive ways Wednesday, especially with linemate Chris Kunitz suspended for the game.

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Apr 10: Kennedy scored his 21st goal, and seventh on the power play, Sunday in Atlanta. Only Sidney Crosby (10) finished with more team goals on the man advantage. Kennedy also finished second in shots on goal. Defenseman Kris Letang took 236 shots to Kennedy's 234.

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Apr 2: Kennedy collected his 20th goal in Saturday's 4-2 win over Florida. Kennedy has set career highs in goals, assists (22), points (42) and games played (77).

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Mar 24: Kennedy scored his third goal in four games Thursday night in Philadelphia. Kennedy has 13 goals and 23 points in 32 games since Jan. 5, when Sidney Crosby played his most recent game.

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Mar 13: Kennedy has three assists in Sunday's 5-1 victory over Edmonton. Kennedy now has 36 points (15G, 21A) in 68 games and has surpassed his career high of 35 points (15G, 20A) in 2008-09.

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Mar 2: Kennedy (lower body) will play against Toronto on Wednesday, PittsburghPenguins.com reports. Kennedy's numbers are down a bit this year, but he should be good to go if you need him.

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Feb 28: Kennedy (lower body) missed Monday's practice, the Penguins' Web site reports. "TK is lower-body and day-to-day at this point in time;" coach Dan Bylsma said. Kennedy was a late scratch Saturday. He's playing the best hockey of his career, but becomes just another one of Pittsburgh's injured forwards, at least for the time being.

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Feb 26: Kennedy missed Saturday with a lower-body injury. He skated in warmups but wasn't able to go. The exact nature or severity of his injury has yet to be revealed, but for one night the Penguins didn't miss his scoring touch.

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Feb 26: Kennedy is not in the lineup Saturday, according to the Pens' Web site. No reason given on why the team's highest scorer is out of the lineup against the Leafs.

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Feb 23: Kennedy had two goals in a 3-2 overtime loss to San Jose on Wednesday night. The two goals give him seven in his last 11 games.

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Feb 23: Kennedy scored both of Pittsburgh's goals Wednesday, including a game-tying score with 50 seconds remaining in regulation. Kennedy has stepped up as the Pens' biggest scoring threat in the absence of Pittsburgh's brightest stars. He has seven goals and two assists in the last 11 games. Kennedy continues to reward poolies using shots on goal as a category -- he has 36 shots in his last nine contests.

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Feb 16: Kennedy potted an overtime game-winning goal -- his second in eight games -- in Thursday's 3-2 win in Colorado. Kennedy has scored in five of the Penguins' last eight games as he continues to take advantage of his increased playing time due to team injuries. The Pittsburgh forward now has 12 goals and 28 points in 58 games.

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Feb 13: Kennedy was kept pointless Sunday but has four goals and an assist in his last six games. He plays just twice in the coming week but has been the Pens' best source of offense the last couple weeks.

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Jan 18: Kennedy assisted on a pair of goals and finished plus-2 against Detroit on Tuesday. Kennedy has six points (2, 4) in his last seven games and is worth a look so long as the line of Kennedy, Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke stays together. Kennedy now has 22 points (7, 15) in 46 contests. He can be relied upon for about a half point per game or more while he skates with Staal and Cooke.

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Jan 6: Kennedy scored one goal and assisted on another in Pittsburgh's 8-1 victory over Tampa Bay on Wednesday. He skated much of the early part of Wednesday's game with Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin, but "platooned" with Matt Cooke as the unit's third skater for the second half. Kennedy's never met a puck he didn't want to shoot, giving coach Dan Bylsma another option in the Penguins' arsenal.

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Jan 4: Kennedy skated on a line with Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin during practice both Monday and Tuesday, according to the Penguins' Web site. "He adds a disruption factor and a speed factor to a line that other guys on our team don't match," coach Dan Bylsma. "He has speed on the forecheck, chasing pucks down, tenacity-wise pursuing the puck. He's the F1, and he has pursuit. His tenacity on pucks and going to the net would be big factor for (Malkin and Staal) on that line." Kennedy has five goals and 16 points in 39 games. He has value in leagues where shots count -- Kennedy ranks fourth on the Pens with 104 -- and could surprise with Staal and Malkin. More likely than not, however, Kennedy will remain roughly on a half point-per-game pace.

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Dec 8: Kennedy tallied two assists in Wednesday's 5-2 win over Toronto. Kennedy has two goals and eight points in his last 10 games. He's not going to keep up that pace indefinitely, but he's not a bad pickup while he's hot. Remember that Pittsburgh plays only three times in the next 11 days.

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Nov 29: Kennedy picked up his fifth point, an assist, in six games Monday against the Rangers. More impressively, he earned his second fighting major of the season when he challenged Sean Avery after the New York pest allegedly took liberties with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Kennedy was at a career crossroad at the beginning of the season and he's responded by playing some of his best hockey recently.

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Nov 26: Kennedy set up both Pittsburgh goals Friday and led the team with six shots on goals. He's playing well right now, with points in three of four, and taking advantage of his power-play time on the second unit. Kennedy has three assists on the man advantage in his last three games.

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Nov 16: Kennedy (flu) is optimistic that he'll be able to play Wednesday against Vancouver, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Kennedy took part in Tuesday's practice after sitting out Monday's game against the Rangers with flu-like symptoms.

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Nov 15: Kennedy is battling an illness and will not play against the Rangers, according to the Penguins' Web site. Kennedy did not take part in the team's morning skate. Kennedy has totaled three goals and five points in 18 games. On the positive side, he continues to shoot -- 51 shots in limited ice time -- despite his mediocre numbers.

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Oct 28: Kennedy hasn't scored since the season opener and saw less than nine minutes of play (8:39) on Thursday. Kennedy was thought to be on the hot seat in the preseason, but then got off to a fast start. That strong beginning has evaporated and the little winger has just two points, both assists, in his last nine games. On the positive side, Kennedy has taken 24 shots in nine contests since scoring his lone goals.

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Oct 9: Kennedy is off to a good start in 2010-11, scoring a goal in the season opener against Montreal Thursday, the Penguins' Web site reports. Coach Dan Bylsma said that Kennedy is healthy and needs to continue playing a feisty brand of hockey. "I think he was slowed by an injury last season," Bylsma said. "I think he is back to where he was speed and energy wise at the beginning of last season." With Arron Asham out, Kennedy figures to get more opportunity. "He should be thinking about playing his game a lot more than scoring goals," the Pens coach said. "He is a guy who adds a lot of energy and speed, but really needs to focus on bringing that grit and physical aspect to his game. He needs to win puck battles." Kennedy isn't an elite talent, but at 24 years of age he can approach the 40-point level with consistent playing time.

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Sep 20: Kennedy has picked up his intensity level during camp, the Penguins' Web site reports. Kennedy is being pushed this year and could find himself on the outside looking in without a standout training camp. He admittedly battled a groin injury for much of the 2009-10 campaign, but 25 points in 64 games won't cut it if he wants to stay with Pittsburgh in the NHL.

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May 3: Kennedy took 15 shifts on Sunday in his first action since a leg injury took him out of commission on April 20. Kennedy fired five shots on goal and missed the net with another five in 12:57 of action. "I felt pretty good overall, but there are a couple of things I still want to work on," Kennedy told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I'm excited just to play, wherever I play." Kennedy mostly served as a winger on Evgeni Malkin's line.

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May 2: Kennedy (leg) will play against the Canadiens Sunday afternoon. He hasn't done much in the postseason, but Kennedy gives the team another centerman option with Jordan Staal out.

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May 2: It's possible that Kennedy could return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Canadiens, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Kennedy participated fully in Saturday's practice and coach Dan Bylsma said that he's progressing very well.

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Apr 30: Kennedy (leg) will not play against the Canadiens Friday night, the Penguins' Web site reports. Kennedy was on the ice for the morning skate on Friday, but is apparently not well enough to play.

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Apr 29: Kennedy (leg) returned to practice Thursday, TSN.ca reports. Kennedy hasn't played since the 20th of April. There isn't any confirmation available regarding his status for Friday's game.

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Apr 28: Kennedy (leg) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, the Penguins' Web site reports. Kennedy, who's listed as day-to-day, hasn't played since taking six shifts in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

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Apr 26: Kennedy (leg) took part in Monday's skate, the Penguins' official Twitter page reports. Kennedy's status for round two has yet to be determined.

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Apr 22: Kennedy (leg) will not play in Game 5 against the Senators on Thursday, according to the Penguins' Web site. Coach Dan Bylsma had little to say regarding Kennedy's status, other than that he was unable to take part in the team's morning skate on Thursday.

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Apr 21: Kennedy left Tuesday's game after taking a hard check by Andy Sutton and did not return, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The team had no immediate report as to the seriousness of Kennedy's injury. Ruslan Fedotenko, a healthy scratch since Game 1 of the series, would likely replace Kennedy in the lineup if he couldn't play.

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Mar 18: Kennedy scored his first goal in 19 games on Thursday. The goal was also Kennedy's first in seven career matchups against the Bruins.

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Mar 12: Kennedy, who has not scored in 16 games, was a healthy scratch and was replaced by Pascal Dupuis on Thursday, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports. He should be back in the lineup on Friday, but he could be in danger of losing more playing time if his production doesn't pick up.

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Feb 14: Kennedy grabbed his third assist in six February games on Sunday, but saw less ice time (9:47) than every other Pittsburgh forward other than Mike Rupp (8:38). Due to nagging injuries, Kennedy hasn't looked like himself for much of the 2009-10 campaign. With 19 points in 46 contests, Kennedy remains below his point production from last year when he totaled 35 points in 67 games. It wouldn't be overly surprising to see him moved prior to the trade deadline.

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Jan 31: Kennedy (groin) played Sunday afternoon against the Red Wings. Kennedy took four shots and didn't appear to be bothered by a groin injury that kept him out of the lineup on Thursday. Kennedy totaled 12 shifts and 12:01 of ice time against Detroit.

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Jan 30: Kennedy (groin) returned to practice on Saturday, the Penguins' Web site reports. He missed Thursday's game but might play against Detroit on Sunday. Coach Dan Bylsma believes there's a chance Kennedy and Alex Goligoski suit up against the Red Wings. "We're still day-to-day with a couple of players but they're looking better," Bylsma said. "There's a chance we could see a couple of guys tomorrow."

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Jan 28: Kennedy (groin) missed practice again on Thursday, making it doubtful he plays against Ottawa, the Penguins' Web site reports. Craig Adams replaced Kennedy on the team's No. 3 unit during practice.

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Jan 27: Kennedy did not participate in practice on Wednesday, according to the Penguins' Web site. Kennedy completed Monday's game in New York with no apparent problems. The team gave no indication as to whether he would be able to play on Thursday.

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Jan 21: Kennedy practiced on a line with Sidney Crosby and Bill Guerin Thursday, according to the Penguins' Web site. It looks like Kennedy will take Pascal Dupuis' spot on the No. 1 line against the Capitals. Kennedy has points in three of four games. He's never jelled with Crosby, so his stay with him could be a short-term one.

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Jan 15: Kennedy scored for the second time in as many games on Thursday. Kennedy has six points (3, 3) in 10 games after enduring a month-long slump. The Pens' third line of Kennedy, Jordan Staal, and Matt Cooke continues to rank as one of the NHL's finest. With 15 points in 34 games, Kennedy is off of last year's scoring pace (35 in 67) but still has plenty of time to boost his production.

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Jan 5: Kennedy tallied a pair of assists Tuesday and compiled a plus-3 rating against the Thrashers. It looks like he's past the slump that saw him 11 games without a point. Kennedy now has points in three of his last five games.

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Jan 3: Kennedy scored his first goal in 15 games Sunday night. On a night in which the Penguins caved into the Panthers, Kennedy skated with confidence after his early first-period goal. Even so, Kennedy finished with just 11:40 of ice time.

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Dec 29: Kennedy picked up his first point in 12 games Tuesday night with a first-period assist. Not surprisingly, Kennedy play some inspired hockey after sitting out Monday as a healthy scratch.

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Dec 29: Kennedy practiced on his usual third line spot Tuesday after being a healthy scratch Sunday, the Penguins' Web site reports. It appears as though Kennedy will get a chance to play Tuesday with Eric Godard sitting out, though nothing has been confirmed.

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Dec 28: The Penguins made Kennedy a healthy scratch for the first time this season on Sunday. Kennedy is currently riding an 11-game pointless streak. He got off to a strong start with six points (5, 1) in his first nine games, but suffered a groin injury in late October and hasn't produced since.

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Dec 15: Kennedy extended his pointless streak to seven games on Tuesday. He's taken 26 shots over the span but hasn't found the back of the net. Knowing Kennedy's style of play, the Pittsburgh forward will keep shooting until something goes in. He missed nearly all of November with a groin injury, but that hasn't appeared to bother him.

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Nov 28: Kennedy scored the Pens' eighth and final goal Saturday night against the Rangers. Kennedy showed no signs of an injury that's kept him out for most of the last month. He was reunited on a line with Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke and the trio didn't miss a beat. Kennedy's goal, a tip-in of a Kris Letang blistering slapper, gives him six goals and nine points in 13 contests. The power-play goal was just the second in his 135-game NHL career.

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Nov 28: Kennedy (groin) will play Saturday night against the Rangers, FSN-Pittsburgh reports. Kennedy has played just once in the month of November. He could form a line that also includes Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke, which was arguably the league's best No. 3 line for the month of October.

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Nov 26: Kennedy (groin) will not play Friday afternoon on Long Island, according to the Penguins' Web site. Kennedy is getting very close to a return. "I think their progress has been very promising the past few days," coach Dan Bylsma said of Kennedy and Kris Letang. "They haven't had a lot of practice time with the team. I think in both cases they need to have a few good, physical practices with one-on-one battles and just the ordinary physical contact that only comes through practice. They are doing very well and their return is in the near future. We'll see as we go."

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Nov 25: Kennedy (groin) will not be in Wednesday's lineup against the Canadiens, according to the Penguins' Web site. Kennedy has been full participating in practice for nearly a week and coach Dan Bylsma says that Kennedy is getting closer. "Not available but we're hopefully progressing," Bylsma said of the forward's impending return. "Tyler is day to day as he moves along in his rehab."

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Nov 23: Kennedy (groin) will not play Monday and is also expected to miss Wednesday's game, according to coach Dan Bylsma, the Penguins' Web site reports. Bylsma answered somewhat cryptically when discussing Kennedy's status. "Sunday was a day that he really tested himself and went hard," Bylsma said. "We brought him here (to Florida) because he was progressing. Yesterday was a big test. Today he didn't goes as hard as yesterday so we'll see how he is. Hopefully he's progressing." Bylsma then answered a question regarding whether Kennedy might play on Wednesday. "I would think that's not in the future."

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Nov 22: Kennedy (groin) could return to action sometime in the coming week, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Kennedy took part in the team's game-day skate on Saturday, but will be extra cautious about coming back too soon. "I'm getting better," Kennedy said. "It's taking longer than I thought," he said. "I just have to stay focused and stay positive. I thought it would go away, and it ended up not going away. It's a learning experience, for sure." Pittsburgh has a heavy four-game Week 8 schedule, making it an even better time for Kennedy's return.

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Nov 14: Kennedy (groin) is expected to miss at least another week, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Information on Kennedy has been difficult to come by, but at least fantasy poolies now know that they can keep the Penguins spark plug on the bench for Week 7.

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Nov 12: Kennedy (groin) missed practice again on Thursday, the Penguins' Web site reports. The team is being cautious with Kennedy after bringing him back too early from the same injury a week ago.

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Nov 10: Kennedy (undisclosed) isn't expected to play Tuesday night and will be re-evaluated later in the week, according to coach Dan Bylsma, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Kennedy has missed five of the Pens' last six games with what is thought to be a groin injury.

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Nov 9: Kennedy (groin) missed Penguins' practice again on Monday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. While the injury doesn't seem to be serious, it's uncertain when Kennedy will be back in the line-up. Kennedy is just one of many Penguin players to be recently struck by the injury bug.

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Nov 6: Kennedy (undisclosed) missed Friday's practice, according to the Penguins' Web site. Coach Dan Bylsma mentioned that an injury continues to "nag" him -- sounds like a possible groin injury. "He wasn't fine in the pre-game skate in Los Angeles," Bylsma said. "Tyler goes only one speed. That can be his problem sometimes and he's going 100 percent all the time. Again, it's just a situation where do we keep going with a nagging injury or rest it and try to get completely healthy." Kennedy will likely try to practice on Saturday, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit out another game.

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Nov 6: Kennedy (undisclosed) was a surprise scratch Thursday night in Los Angeles. It's believed that Kennedy is dealing with a groin injury, though that hasn't been confirmed. The Penguins winger came back on Tuesday and promptly set up a pair of goals. Kennedy's absence hurts his third line of Kennedy, Matt Cooke and Jordan Staal that Staal says is probably playing better than any second line in the NHL.

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Nov 3: Kennedy returned to action on Tuesday and picked up a pair of assists against the Ducks. After missing the last week with an undisclosed injury, Kennedy came back with his typically energized style of play. His sprawling third period pass to Alex Goligoski set up the Pens' third goal. Coming into Wednesday, Kennedy had five goals and just one helper. Daily leagues will want to consider putting the Pittsburgh winger back in the lineup Thursday night in Los Angeles.

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Nov 3: Kennedy (undisclosed) is expected to play on Tuesday, according to coach Dan Bylsma, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "Looks like Tyler will be back in tonight," Bylsma said. "Tyler's had about a week to get better and is skating well and ready to go, so he should be in there tonight. He adds a little jump to our lineup." Kennedy practiced on a line with Craig Adams and Matt Cooke. He could also see some time on a reunited third line with Jordan Staal and Cooke.

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Nov 2: Kennedy (undisclosed) practiced on Monday and could play Tuesday in Anaheim, the Penguins' Web site reports. Coach Dan Bylsma hopes to get Kennedy back. "We still have to see how he reacts," Bylsma said. "He looks pretty good for tomorrow."

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Nov 2: Kennedy (undisclosed) remains questionable for the Pens' four-game road trip which starts Tuesday in Anaheim, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Kennedy has been healthy enough to take part in team skates. Since he's accompanying the team on the trip, it looks like he'll play at some point, perhaps on Thursday or Saturday. Still, two games on the road after missing nearly two weeks of action doesn't make Kennedy a particularly strong play for Week 5.

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Oct 31: Kennedy (undisclosed) will not play Saturday night. He took part in the team's morning skate and said he felt good, but coach Dan Bylsma said there's "no chance" that he goes against the Wild. Kennedy said he's feeling better, but issued the "no comment" response when queried more specifically about soreness or anything else.

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Oct 29: Kennedy (undisclosed) did not practice Thursday and is doubtful for Friday's game against the Blue Jackets, the Penguins' official site reports. His likely absence will be overshadowed by news handed down on Thursday that Evgeni Malkin is going to miss two-to-three weeks with a strained shoulder. No word yet on the nature or the severity of Kennedy's ailment.

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Oct 28: Kennedy will miss Wednesday's game with an undisclosed injury, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Kennedy, who has five goals and a plus-5 rating through 11 games, is being listed as day-to-day with his injury.

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Oct 20: Kennedy netted his team-high fifth goal of the year on Tuesday. While he might not maintain his point pace -- he has six in nine games -- Kennedy will likely average more than half a point per game, as he did in 2008-09. There's also a chance that the team might give him time alongside Sidney Crosby. Chris Kunitz has seemingly forgot how to score next to Crosby, though he adds grit to the No. 1 unit. Kennedy looked out-of-sorts when the team tried him with Crosby last year, but he's got another year under his belt. Regardless of where Kennedy plays, he does hold fantasy value and is available in plenty of pools.

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Oct 12: Kennedy tallied two goals against the Senators Monday night. He did it again, scoring his third game-winner of the season. Kennedy now has seven goals in eight career contests against Ottawa. He still isn't playing on Evgeni Malkin's line, but the feisty little forward has never met a shot he hasn't liked.

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Oct 8: Kennedy netted his second game-winning goal of the year in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Flyers. Kennedy has remained on Pittsburgh's third-line unit despite spending much of the preseason playing alongside Evgeni Malkin. Nine of Kennedy's 27 career goals have now gone as game-winners.

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Oct 2: Kennedy netted a game-winning goal Friday night in a 3-2 win over the Rangers. Kennedy played on the team's third line, as expected, and came up big on a Alex Goligoski shot from the right point. Kennedy doesn't seem to get much respect in fantasy circles but he could prove to be a decent source of secondary scoring for the Pens.

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Oct 1: Kennedy will start the 2010 campaign in his usual place as a third line winger, according to coach Dan Bylsma, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "That Jordan Staal line will benefit greatly from having Kennedy on it at the start of the season," Bylsma said. "What Kennedy adds to the Jordan-Cooke line was a tough thing to turn away from." Pascal Dupuis will take the second line spot next to Evgeni Malkin and Ruslan Fedotenko.

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Sep 21: Kennedy has impressed coach Dan Bylsma with his determined style of play in training camp, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "He's been an outstanding player in camp," Bylsma said. "Really, really working hard. Tenacious. A lot of the days, he's distinguished himself." A strong early season showing by Kennedy could actually help secure him a second line spot next to Evgeni Malkin, even after Max Talbot (shoulder) returns sometime in November or December.

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Sep 14: Kennedy was skating on Evgeni Malkin's line on Sunday during the first day of the Penguins' training camp, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. With Max Talbot recovering from shoulder surgery, the Pens are auditioning forwards to skate on Malkin's line. It's the first day of camp, so this line is hardly set in stone, and it's also temporary. Nonetheless, Kennedy could have an extra bit of short-term upside.

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Jun 10: Kennedy scored his second goal in three games Tuesday night against the Red Wings. Kennedy, who has only three of his nine playoff points on the road, tied Bill Guerin for a team-high six shots on goal in Game 6. He's the type of high energy forward that could factor into Friday night's outcome as part of a third line with Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke that's playing its best hockey of the year.

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Jun 5: Kennedy completed a beautiful tic-tac-toe play with Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby for his fourth goal of the postseason on Thursday. Kennedy, who saw just 11 minutes and 40 seconds of ice time, continues to provide the Pens with an energy boost every time he steps on the ice. He was unable to click with Crosby during the regular season but looked smooth with the superstar during a rare shift with him Thursday night.

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Apr 23: Kennedy went pointless with two shots on goal Thursday night against Philadelphia. He created a number of scoring chances, with his best chance coming from behind the Flyers' net. A bad bounce gave Kennedy an opportunity to come out from behind the goal with an open net in front of him, but the diminutive winger was unable to stuff home the shot.

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Apr 17: Kennedy's work as a third line winger continues to give the Pens an edge -- he netted a game-winning goal against the Flyers on Wednesday. Pittsburgh's third line totaled 50 goals in the regular season compared to 28 by Philadelphia. Kennedy, Jordan Staal and Matt Cooke helped the Pens to a 4-1 victory on Wednesday and will look to do the same in Game 2 Friday night.

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Apr 10: Kennedy's two-point night on Thursday extends his point streak to four games. The Pens' third line unit of Kennedy, Cooke and Staal gives the team more skill than many other units around the NHL. The trio could play a big role in the playoffs and is worth a look in fantasy pools.

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Mar 5: Kennedy scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, Thursday night against Florida. His aggressive forechecking set up a number of plays in the offensive end; his hard work paid of with his 10th and 11th goals of the year.

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Mar 4: Kennedy tallied an assist against Tampa Bay Tuesday night. Playing on the hot line with Chris Kunitz and Jordan Staal, Kennedy has two points in three games. He appears to be just about over his stomach virus.

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Mar 1: Kennedy, who left Friday's game with a stomach virus, saw less than 10 minutes of action on Sunday. He's obviously not yet 100 percent. Kennedy has to be happy that the month of February is over. The speedy winger picked up just one assist and a minus-3 rating in 11 games.

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Feb 27: Kennedy left Friday's game with an undisclosed injury. Despite taking only seven shifts, Kennedy collected an assist, registered a plus-2 rating and picked up a pair of penalty minutes. He skated on a line with Jordan Staal and Chris Kunitz before leaving.

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Feb 11: Kennedy was held without a point on Wednesday but led the team with six shots on goal. He spent most of his time on a line with Sidney Crosby, leading to the high number of shots. Kennedy now has 20 points (9, 11) through 41 contests to go along with a plus-7 rating.

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Feb 4: Kennedy's served his one-game suspension on Tuesday and will be eligible to return Wednesday night against Tampa Bay. He could play alongside newcomer Luca Caputi, pitting two of the more hard-working Penguins together with the likes of say, Jordan Staal. Kennedy has gotten shots with the top line this season but so far has seemed more comfortable as a third-liner. He has nine goals and 20 points in 37 contests and ranks third on the team with a plus-7 rating.

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Feb 2: The NHL suspended Kennedy for one game on Monday in response to a recent fight with Toronto's Luke Schenn, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The NHL offices ruled that Kennedy provoked a fight with Schenn upon entering the game as part of an illegal line change. Kennedy will sit out the Pens' game in Montreal Tuesday night, and be eligible to return to the lineup when they face Tampa Bay Wednesday evening at Mellon Arena. In other words, Kennedy will suit up for three of four games in the coming week.

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Feb 2: Kennedy's actions from the bench during Saturday's game against Toronto are under review by the NHL and he could face a suspension of up to 10 games, reports the Toronto Star. The Leafs asked the league to investigate they said Kennedy left the player's bench to instigate a fight with Leafs' defender Luke Schenn after the Schenn levelled Evgeni Malkin with a hit. A hearing may come as soon as Monday with a decision before Tuesday's game. If found guilty, Kennedy could be suspended for up to 10 games.

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Jan 31: Kennedy scored his ninth goal of the season on Saturday and earned a fighting major by taking on Toronto's Luke Schenn. Surprisingly, eight of his nine scores have come on the road this season. Kennedy's slap shot goal from above the right circle gives him three goals and two assists in 13 January contests. The fighting major was his first of the season (in 37 games).

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Jan 6: Kennedy went pointless in his debut as a top power-play man and member of the Sidney Crosby line on Monday. It looked as though Kennedy was holding his stick a bit tight. The team tried him in front of the New York net on the power play, but the diminutive Kennedy seemed to get lost in the crowd. It will be interesting to see if coach Michel Therrien continues to give Kennedy prime time opportunities or if he goes in another direction.

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Jan 5: The Penguins have promoted Kennedy to their top power-play unit and No. 1 line with Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The changes might be a lot for the hard-working Kennedy to handle after sitting out the month of December with a sprained knee, but coach Michel Therrien is looking to spark a team that has fallen to ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Kennedy was just getting a chance at an expanded offensive role when he got hurt Dec. 3. He has 15 points (6, 9) in 25 games after collecting 19 (10, 9) in 55 contests as a rookie last season.

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Jan 3: Kennedy went pointless in his return from a sprained knee on Saturday. He saw over 13 minutes of play (13:15), took three shots and finished minus-1. The team is hopeful that the line of Kennedy, Staal and Cooke rekindles some of its third-line magic, but Kennedy provided no immediate spark. He also spent a bit of time with Sidney Crosby and finished with the sixth-most power-play time (2:34) among Pens' skaters. It wouldn't be surprising to see coach Michel Therrien expand his role further with a four-game schedule in Week 14 looming.

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Jan 1: Kennedy (knee) fully participated in practice on Monday for the first time in more than a month, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. While he's not expected to be in the lineup Tuesday night, Kennedy should be back sometime in the next week.

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Dec 30: Kennedy (knee) has begun skating but has no timetable for a return to the ice. Kennedy has been out since Dec. 3. The Penguins have been unable to replace the passion he typically brings to the team's third line.

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Dec 5: Kennedy was placed on injured reserve on Friday after suffering a sprained knee in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers. After being examined on Friday, the club announced he will miss 4-6 weeks with the injury.

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Dec 5: Kennedy (undisclosed) has returned to Pittsburgh and will not travel with the team for Saturday's game in Ottawa, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. His injury appears to be more serious than "day to day," though the team hasn't specifically said how long Kennedy might be out.

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Dec 4: Kennedy (undisclosed) will not play Thursday evening in Carolina, the Penguins' Web site reports. Janne Pesonen or Chris Minard will take Kennedy's place in the lineup. With 15 points in 24 games, Kennedy is having a big year. His point total puts him fourth on the Pens.

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Dec 4: Kennedy left during the third period of Wednesday's game with an undisclosed injury, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. It's not yet known how much time, if any, Kennedy will miss. Pittsburgh has six games in the next 10 days. If Kennedy can't play then the Penguins would likely recall a player from Wilkes-Barre.

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Nov 26: Kennedy has practiced on the team's top power-play unit the last couple days, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Coach Michel Therrien's reconfigured top unit includes Evgeni Malkin and Alex Goligoski at the points, with Kennedy, Sidney Crosby and Miroslav Satan up front.

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Nov 20: Kennedy picked up an assist Thursday night, giving him 12 points in his first 19 games. Kennedy has proven effective in giving the Penguins scoring from its third line. While he's probably the team's most energetic player, there's no reason why he can't continue scoring at his current pace.

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Nov 8: Kennedy scored twice in regulation Saturday in Pittsburgh's shootout win over the New York Islanders. He has come on strong in his last three games, notching three goals and four points. But he's still a raw rookie and prone to streaks, so don't get overly excited about his play unless coach Michel Therrien decides to permanently tattoo Tyler to Sid the Kid.

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Nov 2: Kennedy notched his first goal since the opener on Saturday. The goal turned out to be the game-winner in a 6-3 win over St. Louis. Kennedy's one-game fling playing next to Sidney Crosby has ended but he still figures to see an occasional shift with him, as coach Michel Therrien lets everybody play with Sid at some point.

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Oct 30: Kennedy will start Thursday's game on a line with Sidney Crosby, FSN-Pittsburgh reports. Kennedy has two assists in his last three games but hasn't scored since the opener in Stockholm, Sweden. The space next to Crosby opened up when Pascal Dupuis went down with a minor injury on Wednesday. Dupuis skated on Thursday in practice and will likely be back in the lineup on Saturday.

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Oct 20: Kennedy's scoring well has officially run dry after the feisty forward failed to score for the sixth straight game on Monday. His two-goal opening-night performance in Stockholm seems to be a distant memory now. Kennedy will likely score between 10 and 15 goals for the season, but expectations of anything more than that should be tempered.

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Oct 14: Kennedy will move down to the third line following the return of Petr Sykora, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Kennedy, who has proved to be a sparkplug with the team in the early going, will serve as a winger on a line with Maxime Talbot and Matt Cooke. He'll likely continue to see time on the man advantage, also.

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Oct 5: Kennedy has gone from a fourth line center in training camp to a first unit power-play specialist and sometimes linemate of Sidney Crosby's. He showed the most spark arguably of any Penguins player over the weekend in Stockholm, scoring two goals on Saturday. His role will likely settle back down on the third line as a center, but coach Michel Therrien is currently enamored with Kennedy's versatility and production.

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Oct 4: Kennedy connected for two goals Saturday, including the overtime game-winner with 25 seconds remaining, to give the Pens a 4-3 win over Ottawa. Taking over the injured Petr Sykora's spot on Evgeni Malkin's line, Kennedy opened the scoring with a wrister 40 seconds into the contest. On his game-winner, Kennedy took the puck away from Jason Spezza by his own blue line and then skated to the Sens' end, blasting a wrister past goalie Martin Gerber. Kennedy will start on the Pens' No. 2 line again on Sunday with Sykora out.

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Oct 4: Kennedy will start Saturday's game against Ottawa as a right winger for Evgeni Malkin, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He brings tons of energy and a little bit of a knack for scoring crucial goals. As a rookie last season, Kennedy notched four game-winners out of 10 goals scored. It's important to note that coach Michel Therrien could change Kennedy's linemates at a moment's notice, making it unwise to read too much into the promotion -- he had been centering the team's fourth line.

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Sep 26: The Penguins signed Kennedy to a two-year extension on Friday. The Penguins are doing a good job locking up some of their youngsters, and they'll be happy to keep the 22-year-old Kennedy in the mix for a while. Kennedy played 55 games for the Penguins last season, registering 10 goals and 19 points along with 35 penalty minutes. He's not ready to be a huge scorer yet, and the team will be happy if he puts up somewhere between 30 and 40 points over the course of the 2008-09 campaign.

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Mar 12: Kennedy picked up a goal and two assists in the Penguins' 7-3 rout of the Sabres Wednesday. Kennedy took advantage of his additional ice time Wednesday with a handful of Penguins out with injury. The points were his first in March, and should not be seen as any sort of indicator for future production out of Kennedy.

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Feb 25: Kennedy is pointless in his last nine games for the Pens. Kennedy is also playing poorly in his own end more often than not. Pittsburgh is looking for offense from somewhere other than its current top line with Evgeni Malkin, but Kennedy's tank has run dry. Long term the rookie has offensive potential but he's not helping any fantasy teams right now.

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Feb 14: The Penguins recalled Kennedy from Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. The team is looking for a quick pick-me-up after a lethargic performance Wednesday night, a description that aptly describes Kennedy's style of play. The rookie forward scored two goals in three games with the Baby Penguins in his first action since recovering from mononucleosis.

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Feb 13: Kennedy scored his second goal in three games Wednesday night for the AHL Baby Penguins. Kennedy is doing his best to make Pittsburgh have little choice but to recall him in the not-too-distant future.

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Feb 9: Kennedy (mono) scored a goal Friday night for Wilkes-Barre in his first action in a month. He'll be back up with the Pens shortly, especially if he continues to produce like he did on Friday.

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Feb 8: Kennedy (mono) was assigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Friday. This should not be a long term assignment. Kennedy has missed the past eight games battling the mono bug, but he is NHL ready when healthy. He has 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in two stints with the Penguins for a total of 31 games. Kennedy leads all NHL rookies with four game-winning goals this season.

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Feb 7: Kennedy (mono) could return to the lineup on Saturday or Sunday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has participated in practice the last couple days but will need some time to find his legs.

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Feb 6: Kennedy has begun practicing for the first time since being diagnosed with mononucleosis, but coach Michel Therrien would not project when Kennedy could return to action, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Kennedy's suffering of mononucleosis has kept him out of in-game action since Jan. 18. Pittsburgh would love to see him return as soon as possible, especially with its shallow depth up front as a result of Sidney Crosby's high ankle sprain.

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Jan 30: Kennedy (mono) was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 19, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. There is still no word on when he is expected to return to the lineup, but we will keep you updated with any new news that comes along.

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Jan 23: Kennedy is out indefinitely with a case of mononucleosis, the Associated Press reports. He will also miss Saturday's NHL YoungStars game with the illness. He may return shortly after the All-Star break, but we will be sure to updated on his status as new news rolls along.

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Jan 21: Kennedy (flu) will not play against the Capitals on Monday, according to FSN-Pittsburgh. The rookie forward sat out Saturday's game against Montreal. We'll check back with him before Thursday's game in Philadelphia.

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Jan 20: Kennedy (flu) is questionable for Monday's game against Washington, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. He sat out Saturday's game against the Canadiens. Kennedy has 12 points (including eight goals and four game-winners) in 31 games. He was also named to the NHL YoungStars squad.

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Jan 15: Kennedy (flu) returned to action Monday night against the Rangers. He skated eight minutes without registering a shot. Kennedy appeared to be at less than 100 percent but should be fine by Friday, when the Pens host Tampa Bay.

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Jan 12: Kennedy (flu) skated with the team on Saturday but will not play in Atlanta, according to coach Michel Therrien. Therrien said he expects Kennedy to skate again on Sunday and the Pens coach is hopeful Kennedy will return to the lineup Monday in Philadelphia.

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Jan 10: Kennedy may miss Thursday's game with the flu, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. After a seven-game pointless streak, Kennedy has potted two game-winning goals in three contests. He's been playing right wing on Pittsburgh's No. 2 line, a line centered by Jordan Staal with Ryan Malone on the left. Not quite the same spot he had alongside Sidney Crosby for a spell, but the 21-year-old forward seems to have found a home in the nightly lineup (when he's healthy).

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Jan 3: Kennedy picked up his first point in eight games on Thursday, registering the game-winning goal against Toronto. Coach Michel Therrien has put Kennedy on a line with Jordan Staal and Ryan Malone the last few games. Due to a number of injuries, Kennedy hasn't lost his spot in the lineup. That could change when Maxime Talbot returns from an ankle injury within the next week.

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Dec 23: Kennedy has gone quiet recently, failing to record a point in his last four games. He does have 16 penalty minutes over that stretch, but some of the PIM has come on bonehead plays. Kennedy saw little more than 12 minutes of ice on Sunday and hasn't played with Sidney Crosby in several games. With just two games on the docket next week for Pittsburgh, there's little reason to have the rookie active.

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Dec 18: Kennedy has shown enough to claim a spot on Sidney Crosby's right wing, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports. Coach Michel Therrien plugged him in there in the third period of the Penguins' 4-1 loss Thursday to Ottawa, then shifted Kennedy there again early in their 3-2 victory Saturday over the Islanders. "I like the chemistry those two gave us in the third period [Thursday], there's no doubt," Therrien said. "He's playing well, that kid." The 21-year-old Kennedy had been a decent pickup alert with 10 points in his first 19 NHL games. He has four points in his last two, and if he can keep clicking with Crosby, he may be able to roll out some decent production. He's worth a look in deeper leagues -- better to be ahead of the curve than missing out on an opportunity. You can always drop him and try again later.

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Dec 15: Kennedy led Pittsburgh with a power-play game-winning goal, his sixth, Saturday night against the Islanders. Kennedy picked up assists on both of the Pens' two other scores, giving him 10 points (6,4) in his first 19 NHL contests.

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Dec 13: Kennedy backhanded an Evgeni Malkin rebound for his fifth goal of the season on Thursday. He registed a total of five shots, second-most on the team behind Sidney Crosby's nine. Kennedy might still be a little too green for most fantasy leagues, but he's worth a look in deep keeper pools.

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Dec 3: Kennedy beat goalie Ilya Bryzgalov on a hard slap shot for his fourth goal in 13 NHL games Monday night. His spot in the lineup is a bit more secure with Mark Recchi on the outs in Pittsburgh. Kennedy is finding chemistry with Jordan Staal and will likely stay with him for the near future. His four goals have come on just 14 shots.

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Nov 25: Kennedy has a goal and two assists in his last two games. He's providing a lot more energy than the guy he's replaced in the lineup -- Mark Recchi -- and the points are a bonus at this young stage of his career. Accordingly, there's a decent chance he'll pick up a point or two when he plays, but there's also an equal chance that he'll be scratched.

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Nov 17: Kennedy was a healthy scratch Saturday night against the Rangers. Mark Recchi took his place in the lineup. Kennedy has one point in seven games with Pittsburgh this year.

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Nov 15: The Penguins recalled Kennedy from Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. Kennedy was sent to the Baby Penguins less than 48 hours ago, where he recorded a pair of assists against the AHL Phantoms on Wednesday. The Penguins likely sent him out to the Baby Pens in order to maintain his playing time. Kennedy, who has one goal in six games with Pittsburgh this year, is expected to play against the Islanders Thursday night.

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Nov 13: Kennedy was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL on Tuesday. Kennedy played in six games for the Penguins, and tallied his first career NHL goal on November 3.

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Nov 8: Kennedy will be a healthy scratch Wednesday night. Kennedy has scored one goal in six games since being recalled from Wilkes-Barre. He's shown plenty of hustle with the Pens but hasn't gotten the ice time or role to have much fantasy value.

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Nov 4: Kennedy netted the first goal of his career Saturday night against the Islanders. His shot from the left circle went in and out of the net so fast, striking the cross bar also, that Kennedy wasn't initially given credit for a score. Only after a break in the ensuing action did the review staff in Toronto acknowledge that Kennedy had indeed potted his first NHL goal. He made the most of his ice time (6:29), though he still hasn't established his role enough with the team to be picked up in fantasy leagues.

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