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Nikita Kucherov | Winger | #86

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (23) / 6/17/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 178
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (58) / TB
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Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and an assist in Friday's 2-1 OT win over the Detroit Red Wings.
The Lightning forward simply can't be stopped. He scored three goals in last night's win over the Bruins and he's now recorded four multi-point games in a row. Tonight, Kucherov picked up the primary assist on Ondrej Palat's game-tying goal in the third period before scoring the game-winner at the 3:28 mark of overtime. The Russian sniper has 38 goals and 40 assists in 67 games this season. He continues to be one of the best players in the NHL. Mar 24 - 10:43 PM

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Nikita Kucherov scored a hat trick in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins.

Two of his three goals were scored on the man-advantage. Kucherov's first tally tied the game at two in the second period, his second marker made it 5-3 for his team and his third extended the Lightning's advantage to 6-3. Kucherov has now strung together three consecutive multi-point efforts (he has seven points during that span). The Russian forward has 37 goals and 39 assists in 66 games. Those are some pretty incredible numbers. He's a must-start in all fantasy leagues.
Mar 23 - 10:02 PM

Nikita Kucherov picked up a goal and an assist in a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.

Kucherov took a nice pass from Ondrej Palat and buried his 34th goal of the year, tying him for third most in the NHL. If Kucherov can get the Lightning to the post-season, he will have a serious case for the Hart Trophy with 24 points in his last 14 games. He's currently sitting at 73 points in 65 games this season, good enough for 6th most in the league.
Mar 21 - 10:26 PM

Nikita Kucherov scored twice as the Lightning lost 5-3 to the Capitals Saturday night.

This was Kucherov’s 33rd goal and 71st point of the season, both of which lead his club by a wide margin. More importantly, this lifts Kucherov to seventh on the points’ earned league leaderboard and puts within one of the Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin.
Mar 18 - 10:28 PM

Nikita Kucherov recorded a pair of assists in Monday's 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.

He had a hand in both goals scored by rookie Brayden Point in the match. Kucherov has failed to reach the scoresheet just one time over the last 10 games. This was his fifth multi-point performance during that span.
Mar 14 - 11:33 AM

Nikita Kucherov scored two goals and added an assist in a 4-1 in over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

Kucherov had a beautiful snipe for his 29th of the year and tied his career high of 30 goals in an empty net. He has now equaled his career high of 66 points set last season and is on pace to finish the year with 84 points. He is on absolute fire with eight goals over his last eight games. Heading into the fantasy playoffs, it's a good time for Kucherov to be heating up.
Mar 9 - 10:38 PM

Nikita Kucherov has been named the first star of the week.

He paced the NHL in scoring with five goals and nine points in four games. Kucherov registered his second career hat trick to begin the week. He is currently riding a six-game point streak.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 6 - 6:17 PM

If you haven't seen Nikita Kucherov's game-winning shootout goal, you're missing something.

Kucherov purposely let the puck slide off his stick and between Robin Lehner's legs while pretending to still have control of the puck on a deke. Click the link for a look at the play.
Mar 5 - 10:37 AM

Nikita Kucherov and Brandon Point scored shootout goals to lift the Lightning to a 2-1 win over the Sabres Saturday night.

Both netminders were stingy Saturday and let in only one goal during regulation on an identical number of shots. Tyler Johnson scored for the Bolts at 2:37 in the second to tie the game when he beat Robin Lehner for the only time. Lehner faced 32 shots.
Mar 4 - 9:58 PM

Nikita Kucherov scored in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night.

The Bolts may not have won, but that doesn't take away from Kucherov's stellar play of late. The Russian forward has now scored in five consecutive games (yup, you read that correctly) and he's picked up 13 points during that span, which is absolutely incredible. He finished tonight's game with a minus-2 rating, seven shots on goal and three hits in 22:52 of ice time. Kucherov has 28 goals and 62 points in 56 contests.
Mar 3 - 10:31 PM

Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and two assists in Wednesday's 4-3 OT win over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Kucherov picked up the primary assists on Victor Hedman's first period goal and his game-winner in overtime. The Lightning forward also scored one of his own to give his team a 3-2 lead in the third frame. Kucherov is riding a four-game point streak and he's collected at least three points in three of the four games. He's up to 27 goals and 61 points in 55 games this season. He's one of the best wingers in the NHL right now.
Mar 1 - 10:27 PM

Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov produced a natural hat trick in Tampa Bay's 5-1 rout of the visiting Ottawa Senators Monday night.

Kucherov also had an assist against the Sens and has now recorded 26 goals and 32 assists on the season. Kucherov scored all three of his goals Monday on power plays in the second period. Jonathan Drouin assisted on all three Kucherov goals and now has 22 on the season. In the third period, Kucherov assisted on Braydon Coburn's third goal of the season. Brayden Point started the Lightning scoring with his ninth goal of the season in the second period. The Senators were up 1-0 after the first period.
Feb 27 - 10:55 PM

Nikita Kucherov found the back of the net in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames.

Kucherov's power play goal cut Calgary's lead to 3-2 with under two minutes remaining in the third period, but that's as close as the Lightning would come to tying the game. The Russian forward has now recorded five points in his last games and he has 23 goals and 54 points in 53 games this season. Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for the Lightning.
Feb 23 - 11:16 PM

Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and three assists in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Kucherov's goal gave the Bolts a 3-1 lead in the third period. He also helped set up goals by Ondrej Palat (twice) and Vladislav Namestnikov. Not bad for a guy who had no points in his last four contests. Kucherov finished the game with a plus-4 rating and six shots on goal in 19:02 of ice time. He has 22 goals and 53 points in 52 games this season. He's the best fantasy option on Tampa Bay's roster.
Feb 21 - 11:05 PM

Nikita Kucherov scored a pair of goals in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

Kucherov did all of his damage in the second period, as his goals made it 2-0 and 4-0 for his team. He finished the game with a plus-2 rating and five shots on goal in 20:44 of ice time. Kucherov has now collected five points in his last three contests. He's up to 21 goals and 49 points in 47 games this season. Jonathan Drouin, Gabriel Dumont, Braydon Coburn also found the back of the net for the Bolts.
Feb 7 - 11:27 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Johnson
2Vladislav Namestnikov
3Cedric Paquette
4Steven Stamkos
LW1Jonathan Drouin
2Ondrej Palat
3Alex Killorn
4Greg McKegg
5Yanni Gourde
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3Brayden Point
4J.T. Brown
5Joel Vermin
6Adam Erne
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Jake Dotchin
6Slater Koekkoek
7Andrej Sustr
8Luke Witkowski
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Peter Budaj