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March 12, 2020 04:48 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Season suspended indefinitely
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Lightning and Kucherov learned Thursday the NHL announced that the 2019-20 season has been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement released Thursday, commissioner Gary Bettman said "In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight's games." Bettman went on to say "Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy."

March 6, 2020 12:36 AM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Consistency name of the game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov put up a goal and assist in Thursday's 4-0 win over Montreal.

Kucherov had points in 19 straight games (30 points), but that streak was snapped Tuesday against Boston. But he's back on the score sheet now and ready to start his next streak. Kucherov is clearly one of the most consistent scorers over the last few seasons. He's a fantasy pillar.

March 1, 2020 12:36 AM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Two helpers against Flames
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov picked up two power-play assists in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Flames.

He wasted little time extending his point streak to 19 games, helping to set up Tyler Johnson for the game's opening goal midway through the first period. Kucherov has amassed a dazzling 14 goals and 31 points over his streak, and remarkably little of that production had come with the man advantage -- he had only one goal and two helpers on the power play in the prior 18 contests.

February 28, 2020 12:00 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Points in 18 straight contests
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov netted a goal and assist Thursday in a 5-2 loss to Chicago.

His excellence continues. Kucherov has put up at least a point in 18 consecutive games, although it's not an official streak because he missed a game. But he's peaking at the right time for head-to-head owners who love his current consistency. Kucherov has 14 goals and 15 assists across those 18 games and 78 points in 62 contests this season.

February 21, 2020 01:32 AM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Stays hot with power-play assist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov recorded a power-play assist and three shots on goal in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Golden Knights.

Kucherov has racked up 12 goals and 13 helpers in his last 15 appearances -- he missed a game in that span to keep the streak from being official. The helper Thursday was just his third power-play point in that span. For the season, the winger has 74 points (22 on the power play), 183 shots and a plus-27 rating in 59 games.

February 18, 2020 12:08 AM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Plays hero in overtime
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov netted the game-winning goal in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Avalanche.

The Russian winger added four shots in the contest, the last of those securing all two points in the standings for the Lightning. Kucherov is up to 29 goals, 73 points and 180 shots through 58 appearances. In February, he has six tallies, seven helpers and a plus-10 rating in eight games.

February 15, 2020 11:24 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Back with an offensive bang
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov (lower body) scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Flyers.

Kucherov missed the Bolts' last game, so technically his scoring streak ended. But the reality is clear -- his excellence continues and he has at least one point in every one of the last 13 games he's played. Take advantage.

February 15, 2020 03:40 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Good to go Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov (lower body) will play Saturday against the Flyers, Erik Erlendsson of reports.

Kucherov missed the Lightning's last game but returns in time take on Philadelphia, and he'll be looking to pick up where he left off. Before going down, Tampa Bay's most prolific point producer had collected 21 points over a 12-game point streak. Philadelphia comes into Saturday's contest with seven wins in its last 10 games, so it won't be an easy day for Kucherov.

February 14, 2020 06:52 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Game-time decision Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov (lower body) will be a game-time call for Saturday's matchup with the Flyers, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

Kucherov was riding a 12-game point streak prior to getting hurt and will no doubt be eager to pick up where he left off once cleared to return. In addition to retaking his spot on the first line when he returns, the winger should be back on the No. 1 power-play unit. With just 26 games remaining this year, the Russian may be hard pressed to reach the 100-point mark for a third consecutive year.

February 13, 2020 04:32 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Sidelined Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov (lower body) will not be in the lineup against the Oilers on Thursday.

Kucherov was riding a 12-game point streak prior to getting hurt, in which he racked up 10 goals and 11 helpers. With the world-class winger on the shelf along with Steven Stamkos (lower body), the Lightning figure to rely heavily on Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson to provide the offense versus Edmonton.

February 11, 2020 09:08 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Exits with injury Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov (lower body) will not return to Tuesday's game against the Penguins, Diana C. Nearhos of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Kucherov got injured late in the second period and will not be able to finish the game. The Lightning's forwards are falling injured rapidly, with Steven Stamkos (lower body) missing Tuesday's contest and Anthony Cirelli also exiting the game with a lower-body injury. Expect an update on Kucherov prior to Thursday's game against the Oilers.

February 11, 2020 12:16 AM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Lights lamp twice in OT win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov scored both goals for the Lightning in Monday's 2-1 overtime win over the Blue Jackets.

That's now four straight multi-point performances for Kucherov in addition to his 11-game point streak, although this one may have been a bit sweeter as he helped avenge last season's playoff sweep at the hands of Columbus. The 26-year-old has 27 goals and 69 points through 55 games, putting him on pace for his third straight 100-point campaign.

February 9, 2020 12:36 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Ten-game, 18-point scoring streak
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov set up two goals Saturday in a 3-1 win over the Islanders.

Drop the mic. Kucherov just stretched his point streak to 10 games and 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists). He's now top-10 in both points (67) and assists (42). No, he's still not performing at last year's remarkable pace. But with runs like this, Kucherov's remaining games could be explosive.

February 6, 2020 11:44 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Back to his elite ways
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov got a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over the Penguins on Thursday.

His point streak stands at nine games and 16 points (eight goals, eight assists). Kucherov's slow start to the season is long gone and the Bolts are surging. And Kooch is back in the NHL's top-10 scorers with 65 points, one behind Patrick Kane and Jack Eichel.

February 4, 2020 11:56 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Another two-point performance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov produced two assists and one shot on goal in Tuesday's 4-2 win over Vegas.

Kucherov was in on Brayden Point's opening goal and Steven Stamkos' game-winner, extending his point streak to eight games. He has exactly two points in six of his last seven and now boasts a team-leading 63 points in 51 games for the season. Kucherov will play in his 500th NHL game Thursday against Pittsburgh.

February 2, 2020 03:08 AM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Beats Dell on backhand
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov scored a goal on a team-high seven shots in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Sharks.

Kucherov went to his backhand for an insurance tally at 17:57 of the third period. While the Russian's multi-point streak ended, he still has seven tallies and five assists during a seven-game streak. The winger is up to 61 points (24 markers, 37 helpers) in 51 contests.

February 1, 2020 12:48 AM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Multiple points in five straight
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov scored a goal and added an assist in Friday's 4-3 win over the Ducks.

Kucherov has 11 points in his last six games, including five straight two-point efforts. The Russian winger is up to 60 points (23 goals, 37 helpers), 150 shots on goal and a plus-19 rating through 50 contests. Virtually no player has been hotter than Kucherov in January -- he ended the month with 19 points in 13 outings.

January 30, 2020 03:00 AM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Fourth straight two-point outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov racked up two assists and three shots on goal in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Kings.

Kucherov had the primary assist on tallies by Steven Stamkos and Erik Cernak, the latter putting the Lightning ahead in the contest. Kucherov has four goals and four helpers in his last four games. For the season, the Russian winger has 58 points (22 tallies, 36 helpers), 149 shots on goal and a plus-17 rating in 49 appearances.

January 28, 2020 02:16 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Another two-point effort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov assisted on both Tampa Bay goals and had four shots with two PIM in Monday's 3-2 overtime loss to Dallas.

Kucherov set up both Steven Stamkos goals, including his game-tying one-timer with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. It was Kucherov's third straight two-point game and his sixth such performance in the last nine games. Kucherov, who will take a four-game point streak into Wednesday's game in L.A., boasts 22 goals and 56 points in 48 games this season.

January 24, 2020 12:08 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Heating up at right time
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov has the fourth-most goals (12) in the NHL since Dec. 17 (17 games).

He is behind Auston Matthews (15 in 15 games), Alex Ovechkin (13 in 14) and Dominik Kubalik (13 in 17). Kucherov's slow start has evaporated, as he's now tied for 12th in the league in scoring with 54 points and tied for 14th in goals (22) at the All-Star break. The Bolts are finally showing off their elite skill, so watch for Kucherov to have a strong performance after the break.

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Maykop, Russia
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2014-15: Plus/Minus Leader
2018-19: Art Ross-Scoring Champion;Hart-Most Valuable Player;Lester Pearson-Player Assn. Top Player