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86 Nikita Kucherov RW

Tampa Bay Lightning

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June 9, 2021 02:36 AM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Fantastic postseason continues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov provided an assist and two shots in Tuesday night's 2-0 win over the Hurricanes in Game 5.

Kucherov collected a secondary assist on Brayden Point's game-winning goal. The 27-year-old leads the postseason in points (18), assists (13) and power-play points (13).

June 5, 2021 08:52 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Shines in Game 4
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov scored twice, including one power-play goal, and added an assist in Saturday's 6-4 win over Carolina in Game 4. He also had a team-leading six shots.

Kucherov buried a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle with the man advantage to pull Tampa Bay to within 4-3 with 5:22 left in the second period, then he assisted on a Steven Stamkos'power-play strike just under five minutes later to send the Lightning into the locker room with a 5-4 lead. Kucherov put the finishing touches on Tampa Bay's rally when he ripped a one-timer in transition 6:01 into the final frame. The 27-year-old leads the Stanley Cup Playoffs in points (17) and assists (12) through 10 games, with 12 of his points coming via the power play.

June 3, 2021 11:36 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Slides two power-play assists
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov produced two power-play assists, seven shots on goal and four PIM in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Hurricanes in Game 3.

Kucherov was key to the puck movement on the Lightning's power play Thursday, feeding Brayden Point and Alex Killorn for the goals. However, in overtime, Kucherov's holding the stick penalty led to Sebastian Aho's game-winning goal for the Hurricanes. The 27-year-old Kucherov has maintained elite offense in the playoffs with 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in just nine games. Ten of those points have come with the man advantage.

May 30, 2021 07:56 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Registers power-play helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov produced a power-play assist, two hits and four PIM in Sunday's 2-1 win over the Hurricanes in Game 1.

Kucherov had the secondary helper on Brayden Point's opening tally in the second period. Through seven playoff games, Kucherov has been lights-out with three goals and nine helpers. Eight of his 12 points have come with the man advantage, and the Russian winger has added 16 shots on net, 10 PIM and eight hits in a top-line role.

May 26, 2021 11:12 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Supplies pair of assists
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov notched two assists in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Panthers in Game 6.

Kucherov had the secondary helper on Steven Stamkos' power-play goal in the second period. In the third, Kucherov found Brayden Point, who then made an individual effort for the Lightning's third goal. Through six games, Kucherov racked up a ridiculous 11 points (three goals, eight helpers) with 15 shots on net, a plus-2 rating and six PIM. The Russian winger looks fine after missing all of the regular season while recovering from hip surgery. He'll look to keep things rolling on the top line in the second round.

May 24, 2021 12:08 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Cleared to play Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov (knee) will be in the lineup against Florida on Monday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.

Kucherov is riding a four-game point streak since making his 2020-21 debut in Game 1, including his four-point performance in Game 4. The world-class winger should continue to feature on the top power-play unit and figures to provide elite fantasy production.

May 22, 2021 07:16 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Injured in stellar performance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov scored a goal and provided three assists in Saturday afternoon's 6-2 win over Florida, but he suffered a knee injury and had to leave the game early.

The Russian winger left the game late in the third period after Anthony Duclair chopped at Kucherov's knee well after the play. Kucherov didn't return to the contest. Before the injury, Kucherov was stellar, posting four points along with four shots on goal. The 27-year-old has been one of the best players in the 2021 playoffs so far, leading the playoffs in points with nine in four games and tied for second in goals. It's safe to assume Kucherov is back to his 2018-19 Hart Trophy winning form since returning from injury, but it's unclear whether or not the superstar will be able to play in Game 5 on Monday night.

May 22, 2021 03:32 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Exits with apparent injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov exited Saturday's Game 4 versus the Panthers after taking a slash to his left leg from Florida's Anthony Duclair, Jon Lane of NHL.com reports.

The Lightning are blowing the Panthers out by a score of 6-2, so it's safe to assume Kucherov won't return to Game 4, but it appears as though he could be in danger of missing Monday's potentially series-clinching Game 5, as he wasn't able to put much weight on his injured leg as he headed down the tunnel and into the locker room. It goes without saying that it'd be a huge loss for the Lightning if Kucherov is forced to miss time, as he's been exceptional through the first four games of the series, racking up three goals and six helpers. Additional updates on the star winger's condition should surface in the coming days.

May 21, 2021 12:24 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Given maintenance day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov was given a body maintenance day Friday, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.

Although Kucherov didn't practice Friday, at this point there's no reason to believe he won't be available for Saturday's Game 4 versus Florida. The 27-year-old winger has been fantastic through the first three games of the series, racking up two goals and five points over that span.

May 18, 2021 11:24 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Notches helper in Game 2 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov posted an assist, two shots on goal, two hits and two PIM in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Panthers in Game 2.

The Lightning went with 11 forwards in the lineup, and Kucherov led all of them with 22:15 of ice time. His helper came on an Ondrej Palat goal in the third period, which stood as the game-winner. Kucherov has racked up four points, seven shots, three hits and four PIM in two postseason contests. He's shown no rust after missing all of the regular season while recovering from hip surgery.

May 17, 2021 12:01 AM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Dazzles in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov (hip) scored a pair of power-play goals on five shots and added an assist in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Panthers in Game 1.

Tampa fans can breathe a sigh of relief -- after missing all of the regular season, Kucherov looked just fine in a featured role to open the postseason. He led all Lightning forwards with 19:21 of ice time. The Russian winger scored twice in the second period to give the Lightning a 3-2 lead, then assisted on Brayden Point's equalizer in the third period. Kucherov racked up seven goals and 34 points in 25 playoff contests last season, and he's off to a good start this time around.

May 15, 2021 01:32 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Returning for playoffs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov (hip) will be activated from LTIR and play in Sunday's Game 1 against the Panthers, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.

The Lightning were able to stash Kucherov on LTIR throughout the regular season to stay salary cap-compliant, but the superstar winger will be back for the postseason, as has been the plan all along. Kucherov hasn't seen game action since Sept. 28, but he racked up 213 points over 150 games over the previous two regular seasons and is expected to instantly return to roles on the top line and No. 1 power-play unit.

May 13, 2021 02:32 PM
Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: On track for Game 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kucherov (hip) is poised to make his 2020-21 season debut in Sunday's Game 1 matchup with the Panthers, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.

While coach Jon Cooper wouldn't go so far as to confirm Kucherov would be in action Sunday, the fact that the elite winger took reps with the No. 1 power-play unit is a pretty good indication he'll suit up. In addition to logging minutes with the man advantage, Kucherov should be back on the first line and figures to provide top-end fantasy value in DFS contests and postseason pools, though he will need to be activated off long-term injured reserve in order to play.

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 TSN.ca, 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.

Last 7 Games
DateOpponentResultGAPTS+/-TOI
06/08@ CARW 2-0011017:10
06/05vs CARW 6-4213+120:12
06/03vs CARL 2-3 (OT)022-222:01
06/01@ CARW 2-1000018:28
05/30@ CARW 2-1011018:34
05/26vs FLAW 4-0022+119:49
05/24@ FLAL 1-4000018:37
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
5-11/178
Birthdate:
06/17/1993
Age:
27
Hometown:
Maykop, Russia
Team:
Tampa Bay Lightning
School:

NHL Experience:
7
Awards:

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