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May 4, 2021 11:49 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Cleared for contact
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov (hip) has been cleared to begin taking contact but won't play in any regular-season contests, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

Kucherov racked up seven goals and 27 helpers in 25 postseason contests for the Lightning on the way to a Stanley Cup championship last year, which was the last time the winger was in action. The 27-year-old winger should be in the mix for a top-six spot as soon as he is ready to play and figures to provide elite fantasy value.

April 29, 2021 10:08 AM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Still weeks from return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov (hip) has been taking part in no-contact drills but is still weeks from returning, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Kucherov's surgery usually carries a recovery of 5-6 months. May 30 marks the five-month point with the regular season slated to close May 16. Kucherov was integral to the Bolts' Cup win last season in the bubble with 34 points, including 27 helpers, and a plus-15 rating. He's slightly ahead of the original timetable, but the team needs him to get completely healthy.

March 12, 2021 12:20 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Begins skating
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov (hip) has begun skating, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

Kucherov is "right on track" in his recovery and is expected to be fully healthy in time for the playoffs. The 27-year-old winger racked up 33 goals and 85 points in 68 games last campaign, so he'll be a popular pick in postseason pools.

December 23, 2020 03:44 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Will miss regular season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov is set to undergo hip surgery and will miss the entire 2020-21 regular season, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

Losing Kucherov will be a huge blow for the Lightning's chances of repeating as Stanley Cup champions considering he racked up 33 goals and 52 helpers in 68 games last season. The world-class winger figure to head to long-term injured reserve which will free up $9.5 million worth of cap space for the Bolts. If healthy Steven Stamkos (abdomen) will almost certainly step into Kucherov's spot on the top line.

December 21, 2020 11:12 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Gets injection in ailing hip
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov (hip) received an injection in his hip last week, reports, and could end up on long-term injury reserve if it fails to respond by next week.

Oh boy -- that's not the way the Bolts want to get under the salary cap. Kucherov can only go on the LTIR if he misses 10 games or 24 days, and that's a significant proportion of the season if it comes to pass. The Russian sniper has been remarkably durable in his career, missing just four games over the last three years. Kucherov, his agent and the team are keeping this incredibly quiet, so hopefully that's not a sign of greater concern.

December 21, 2020 11:00 AM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Dealing with hip problem
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov has sustained a hip injury which puts his status for the start of the 2020-21 campaign in doubt, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

Even with just 56 games this season, Kucherov likely would have pushed for the 30-goal threshold for a sixth consecutive campaign if fully fit. If the winger does miss any time, it could be a significant chunk of the season considering the possibility for a condensed schedule that includes frequent back-to-backs. If Kucherov is unavailable for Opening Night, Steven Stamkos (abdomen) could be an option to move up to the top line if healthy.

September 27, 2020 12:48 AM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: On four-game point streak
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov registered an assist, three shots on goal and four hits in Saturday's 3-2 double-overtime loss to the Stars in Game 5.

Kucherov fed Ondrej Palat the puck for a beautiful goal at 4:37 of the second period that saw Palat dangle around Stars goalie Anton Khudobin. The helper extended Kucherov's point streak to four games (one goal, six assists). The Russian winger has produced a magnificent score line of seven tallies, 26 assists, 88 shots and a plus-15 rating through 24 playoff contests.

September 26, 2020 01:24 AM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Adds two power-play helpers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov produced a pair of power-play assists, five shots on goal and three hits in Friday's 5-4 overtime win over the Stars in Game 4.

Kucherov helped out on tallies by Brayden Point and Yanni Gourde, both in the second period. The two-point effort was Kucherov's third straight. He's accumulated seven goals, 25 helpers, 85 shots and a plus-15 rating through 23 games as the league's leading producer in the playoffs.

September 23, 2020 11:01 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Hits 30-point mark
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov had a goal and an assist with two shots Wednesday in a 5-2 win over Dallas in Game 3.

Kucherov opened the scoring on a breakaway five-and-a-half minutes into the game, snapping his six-game goal drought. He later set up a Brayden Point goal in the second period. The Stanley Cup Playoffs scoring leader, Kucherov has racked up 30 points (seven goals, 23 assists) in 22 games. His top competition for the the league's playoff scoring crown is teammate Point, who trails by two points.

September 21, 2020 11:44 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Tacks on two more points
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov recorded a pair of assists and led the team with six shots in Monday's 3-2 win over Dallas in Game 2. He added two hits and two PIM.

Kucherov assisted on power-play goals by Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat, helping lift the Lightning to a 3-0 first-period lead. The Stanley Cup Playoffs scoring leader, Kucherov has amassed 28 points in 21 games, although he's been unable to find the net in his last six games despite 26 shots in that time.

September 18, 2020 12:00 AM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Reaches 20-assist mark
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov recorded an assist and three shots on goal in Thursday's 2-1 overtime win over the Islanders in Game 6.

Kucherov teed up Erik Cernak for a shot that generated the rebound Victor Hedman scored on in the first period. The helper was Kucherov's 20th of the playoffs. The dynamic winger has added six goals, 67 shots and a plus-15 rating through 19 appearances.

September 13, 2020 06:24 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Keeps piling up points
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov had two assists and three shots Sunday in a 4-1 win over the Islanders in Game 4.

Kucherov has racked up nine points through the first four games of the series after drawing assists on goals by Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point on Sunday. Kucherov has found the scoresheet in seven of his last eight games, and he boasts 25 points overall in 17 playoff games, tying him for the league lead.

September 12, 2020 12:36 AM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Contributes power-play assist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov had a power-play assist, four shots on goal, three hits and 10 PIM in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Islanders in Game 3.

Kucherov set up Ondrej Palat for a goal at 2:32 of the third period. In his last eight games, Kucherov has racked up four goals, 10 assists and a plus-10 rating. The Russian superstar has six tallies, 17 helpers, 56 shots and a plus-12 rating in 16 contests during the postseason. Seven of his assists have come with a man advantage.

September 9, 2020 11:40 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Buries game-winner
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov scored a goal on three shots and added four hits in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Islanders in Game 2.

Kucherov hammered a one-timer past Semyon Varlamov, breaking a 1-1 deadlock with just nine seconds left in regulation. Kucherov's game-winner came on the heels of his memorable five-point performance in Game 1. The 26-year-old has racked up 16 points over his last seven games, hitting the scoresheet in all but two of those contests.

September 7, 2020 11:08 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Explodes for five points
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov scored a goal and added four assists with a plus-4 rating in Monday's 8-2 win over the Islanders in Game 1.

Kucherov was injured in Game 5 versus the Bruins after taking a high stick to the face. He ultimately didn't miss a game, and the Lightning will be thankful for that after his five-point burst Monday. The Russian winger is up to five goals and 16 helpers through 14 playoff contest. He's added 49 shots on net and a plus-10 rating.

September 6, 2020 03:36 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Will play in Game 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Jon Cooper said Kucherov (undisclosed) will play in Monday's Game 1 versus the Islanders.

Kucherov exited Game 5 of the second round versus Boston with an undisclosed injury, but he'll have a week of rest under his belt Monday. The 27-year-old will slot into the first line and look to continue stacking up points, as he's recorded four goals and 12 assists over 13 games in August.

September 4, 2020 04:52 AM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Practices Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov (undisclosed) took part in Thursday's practice session, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

Kucherov was limited to just 9:09 of ice time in Game 5 versus Boston due to his undisclosed injury. Prior to getting hurt, the Russian winger racked up four goals and 12 assists in 12 appearances, including four power-play assists.

August 31, 2020 10:28 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Exits Monday's game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov (undisclosed) left Game 5 on Monday against Boston with an injury, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

Kucherov took a high-stick to the face from Zdeno Chara and left the contest. He returned briefly but didn't return after the second period. The 27-year-old will be considered day-to-day until there's an update on his status.

August 29, 2020 11:20 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Two helpers in Game 4 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov picked up two assists Saturday, one on the power play, during the Lightning's 3-1 win over the Bruins in Game 4 of their second-round series.

He notched the secondary helpers on Ondrej Palat's game-winner and Victor Hedman's insurance marker with the man advantage in the second period. It was Kucherov's third multi-point performance in his last five games, and he's now racked up four goals and 16 points through 12 games in the playoffs. The 2019 Hart and Art Ross Trophy winner will look to stay hot Monday as the Bolts try to finish off the Bruins in Game 5.

August 26, 2020 11:32 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Leads offensive explosion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov racked up a goal and three assists Wednesday in a 7-1 win over Boston. He also chipped in with three shots and two hits.

Kucherov helped stake the Lightning to a 4-0 lead by the midway point of the second period, assisting on power-play goals by Ondrej Palat, Mikhail Sergachev and Alex Killorn. He got in on the scoring fun himself early in the third period, burying his fourth goal of the postseason to put the finishing touches on the rout. Kucherov now has 14 points in 11 game, one off the team scoring lead.

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Maykop, Russia
Tampa Bay Lightning

NHL Experience:

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