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Open Ice: The Phil Factor

Updated: November 30, 2009, 2:33 PM ET
By Sean Allen | Special to ESPN.com

One player does not a team make ... but boy, he can go a long way to making it respectable. Since Phil Kessel made his Toronto Maple Leafs debut, the Leafs' overall output has gone from 2.50 goals per game in October, to 3.09 goals per game in November. The team had one win and six points in October, and has five wins and 13 points so far in November (the Leafs finish the month Monday night against the Buffalo Sabres).

So Kessel may not be a one-man show, but he took a bottom-dweller ...

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