Kucherov scored his first goal of the season Saturday against the Blue Jackets after being reunited on the "Triplets Line" with Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat. He also got an assist. Last season, Kucherov was electric with Steven Stamkos. But the Triplets Line was where it all began for Kucherov and the trio has uncanny chemistry.
Kucherov was held off the scoresheet in the Lightning's first game Saturday. He heads into Thursday's game on a line with regular Steven Stamkos. Former linemate Ondrej Palat joins them in an attempt to spark some chemistry. Saturday, Kucherov and Stamkos got a bit too cutesy on the ice, each preferring to pass the puck to the other rather than fire it. One too many passes meant lost opportunities. Watch for Kucherov to explode out of the gate Thursday and fire at will. He was the second-best fantasy player in the league last season behind only Connor McDavid and will be ready to keep that mantle, despite strong starts by Toronto's Auston Matthews and John Tavares.
Kucherov (lower body) skated on the top power-play unit during morning skate, indicating he'll be in the lineup for Saturday's season opener against the Panthers, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. Kucherov was held out of Tampa Bay's final two preseason contests due to a lower-body injury, but he shouldn't have any limitations Saturday night. The Russian winger had his best season as a pro in 2017-18, racking up 39 goals and 100 points in 80 contests, and should be considered a top-five fantasy option heading into the 2018-19 campaign.
Kucherov (lower body) shed the non-contact jersey for Monday's practice session, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. Kucherov appears to be headed in the right direction toward being in the lineup for opening night against the Panthers on Saturday. The world-class winger hit the 100-point mark for the first time in his career last season and will look to keep up a similar pace (1.25 points per game) this year.
Kucherov (lower body) will not be active for Saturday's preseason finale against the Panthers. Kucherov, one of the premier wingers in the NHL, is far too important to the Lightning for the team to risk an aggravation of his injury. The Russian recorded 39 goals along with career highs in assists (61) and points (100) last season, ahead of three rounds of playoff action that saw him maintain a point-per-game average. He's a fantasy stud who will be closely monitored by team doctors as he prepares for his sixth NHL season.
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