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Nikita Kucherov | Winger | #86

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (22) / 6/17/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 178
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (58) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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Nikita Kucherov has produced plenty of clutch goals during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Kucherov has potted an NHL-leading 11 playoff goals and seven of them are tying or go-ahead markers and five of those seven have come in the third period. "When you're a rising star in this league, as he is, every team has one of those guys at some point," coach Jon Cooper said. "It just seems the bigger the moment, the bigger they rise to the occasion. (Kucherov has) proven that last year isn't a fluke. He's just a gifted, skilled and determined player. He's really a pleasure to coach." The 22-year-old winger has 19 points and league-leading plus-17 rating in 15 postseason games. May 23 - 6:30 PM

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Nikita Kucherov chose an excellent time to break out offensively in the Eastern Conference Final.

He scored for the first time in the series in the second period to tie the game at 2-2 and found the back of the net again late in the third to even the match at 3-3. The Lightning won Game 5 by a score of 4-3 in overtime and Kucherov also had an assist on Tyler Johnson's winner for a three-point effort. He leads the postseason in goals with 11 and sits second overall in points with 19 in 15 outings.
May 23 - 8:58 AM

Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov assisted on both Tampa Bay goals in a 4-2 loss to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night.

Tampa now trails 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Final. The teams are back in Tampa Friday night for Game 4 of the best-of-seven series. Kucherov, one of the Lightning's top offensive players, has not scored in this series and didn't pick up any points until Wednesday. His assists, the fourth and fifth for the right winger in the postseason, came on goals by Tyler Johnson (fifth) and Ondrej Palat (fourth). Palat also assisted on the Johnson goal, his fourth of the playoffs.
May 18 - 11:29 PM

Nikita Kucherov hasn't picked up a point in the first two games of the Eastern Conference Final.

He has been credited with two shots in each contest. Kucherov will look to snap his mini skid back at home where he has five goals and two assists in six games this postseason.
May 18 - 6:15 PM

Assistant coach Steve Thomas has watched Nikita Kucherov develop into a potent goal scorer.

"His ability to get pucks on and off his stick is amazing," Thomas said. "That's 80 percent (of) shooting the puck, the art of deception. ... He just has an unbelievable hockey IQ. That allows him to see the ice the way he does and anticipate plays." Thomas added that an underrated part of Kucherov's game is his tenacity on the forecheck. Kucherov has registered nine goals and 12 points in 10 playoff games. The Eastern Conference Final between Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh will get underway on Friday night.
May 13 - 8:28 AM

Nikita Kucherov scored his NHL-leading ninth goal of the playoffs in Sunday's series-clinching win against the New York Islanders.

He has found the back of the net in each of his last three games. Kucherov had five shots and a plus-2 rating in Game 5. He currently has 12 points in 10 games.
May 9 - 9:52 AM

With the tying goal in Friday night's 2-1 overtime win against the Islanders, Nikita Kucherov now leads the NHL in playoff goal scoring.

He has eight goals to top the league in the postseason. Kucherov is no stranger to playoff goal scoring as he notched 11 tallies in last season's chase for the Stanley Cup. Many believe Kucherov, not Steven Stamkos, is the most valuable Tampa skater.
May 7 - 9:46 AM

Nikita Kucherov scored his sixth goal of the postseason during the Tampa Bay Lightning's 5-3 loss Wednesday night to the visiting New York Islanders.

The Lightning trails the best-of-seven, second-round series 1-0. Game 2 goes Saturday in Tampa Bay. Kucherov continues to cement his reputation as an excellent playoff performer. Not only did he score the Lightning's second goal Wednesday, but he fired a game-high seven shots on net. The right winger notched five goals and three assists in the Lightning's five games against the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs. He has 32 points in 34 career postseason games. Ondrej Palat also stood out for the losing Lightning Wednesday, scoring the game's opening goal at 3:05 of the first period and notching five shots on net. Valtteri Filppula also scored his first goal of the playoffs for Tampa Bay.
Apr 27 - 11:19 PM

Nikita Kucherov is already building a reputation for himself as an impressive playoff performer.

"I know what I want," said Kucherov. "I want to be better. I want to win a Stanley Cup. I want to be a leader. Every day I just try to prove myself." He posted five goals and three assists for the Lightning in five games against Detroit in Round 1 to give him 31 points in 33 career postseason matches.
Apr 27 - 8:34 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning were led by Nikita Kucherov, Alex Killorn and Tyler Johnson in their first round series against Detroit.

Of the 12 goals the Bolts scored in the first round, 10 of them came off the stick of Kucherov, Killorn or Johnson. All three players finished the first round with a point-per-game average or better. Kucherov has eight points in five games, Johnson has seven points in five games and Killorn has five points in five games.
Apr 24 - 10:54 AM

Nikita Kucherov scored two goals and an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Detroit in Game 4.

Kucherov scored a pair of power play goals in the first and second periods to give the Bolts a 2-0 lead. He also assisted on Ondrej Palat's game-winning goal in the third period. Kucherov is having himself quite the opening round. He's already up to five goals and eight points in the first four games of the series. The series now shifts back to Tampa with the Bolts leading 3-1.
Apr 19 - 10:09 PM

Whatever was ailing Nikita Kucherov seemed to have disappeared Wednesday night.

The Lightning forward scored twice as Tampa Bay opened its first-round playoff series against the visiting Detroit Red Wings with a 3-2 triumph. Kucherov notched a third point with an assist on Alex Killorn's game winner at 8:52 of the third period. The goal broke a 2-2 tie. Killorn had a two-point night. He assisted on Kucherov's game-opening goal at 6:23 of the first period. Kucherov was held out of the Lightning's regular-season finale last Saturday with an ailment that the club wouldn't disclose. After practice Monday, he said he felt a little sore. Wednesday, however, he looked sharp, firing four shots on net to go along with his three points. Game 2 of this series will be played Friday night.
Apr 14 - 12:17 AM

Nikita Kucherov (undisclosed) took part in Monday's practice.

He said he felt a little a sore after the session, but he will be ready to play against Detroit in Game 1 of the playoffs on Wednesday. Kucherov was held out of Saturday's regular-season finale with the ailment.
Apr 11 - 12:48 PM

Nikita Kucherov is questionable for Saturday night's season finale against Montreal.

He did not skate Saturday morning due to "body maintanance issues" putting his availability for Saturday night's contest very much in limbo. Although Tampa coach Jon Cooper has stated he is not a fan of resting players unless they are injured, Kucherov may sit this one out as there seems to be some physical issue with him.
Apr 9 - 11:01 AM

Nikita Kucherov registered three points in the Lightning’s 3-1 win against the Devils on Saturday night.

Kucherov scored the final goal with the net empty and he assisted on Victor Hedman’s and Brian Boyle’s goals. Kucherov was quiet for one game after scoring in four consecutive. He has 30 goals and 64 points this season. He already has a career high in goals, and he's now tied his career high in points, too. Hedman also had a helper.
Apr 2 - 10:12 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steven Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Vladislav Namestnikov
4Jonathan Drouin
5Jonathan Marchessault
6Cedric Paquette
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3J.T. Brown
4Erik Condra
5Michael Blunden
6Joel Vermin
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Braydon Coburn
5Matt Carle
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Matt Taormina
9Slater Koekkoek
10Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy
3Kristers Gudlevskis