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Nikita Kucherov | Winger | #86

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/17/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 178
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 2 (58) / TB
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Nikita Kucherov is tied for second in the 2017 World Hockey Championship scoring race.
He has tallied 11 points, including five goals, in six games for Russia. Kucherov had a goal and two helpers in Monday's 5-0 win over Latvia. Russia and the U.S. will play for first place in Group A on Tuesday. May 15 - 4:29 PM

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Nikita Kucherov had some choice words for some of his Tampa Bay teammates when he spoke to Sovietsky Sport.

"Some guys overstayed in team," said Kucherov, per translation. "They've got their money and stopped working. They knew there's no competition for their positions and the organization is not going to take someone else. They played not really well this year. You can see it in their stats and way of play. When we played together and I made a pass, they even were not expecting this. That's why this season was hard for me despite good stats." Kucherov also didn't like how often changes were made to lines after Steven Stamkos was injured. He had a great year in 2016-17 with 40 goals and 85 points in 74 games, but the Lightning failed to make the playoffs.
Apr 26 - 5:56 PM

Nikita Kucherov will represent Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Championships.

Kucherov led the Lightning with 40 goals and 85 points in 74 games this past season. His Tampa Bay teammate, Andrei Vasilevskiy, will also be on the Russian roster.
Apr 13 - 9:49 AM

Nikita Kucherov picked up a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Kucherov picked up the primary assist on Yanni Gourde's goal in the first period. He then added a goal of his own by controlling a long pass from Ondrej Palat and sniping a shot by Carey Price. Kucherov now has 15 points in his last 10 contests. He's up 40 goals and 44 assists in 73 games this season. It's the first time the Lightning forward hits the 40-goal mark in his career. This was a huge win for Tampa Bay, as it keeps their slim playoff hopes alive for at least one more day.
Apr 7 - 10:55 PM

Nikita Kucherov sniped his 39th goal of the season in a 4-1 win over Toronto on Thursday night.

He got the game-winning goal shortly after the Leafs tied the game at 1-1. Kucherov is tied for second in the NHL in goals scored and he ranks sixth in the league with 82 points in 72 games. He has been the MVP of the season for the Lightning and could get some Hart Trophy votes.
Apr 7 - 10:03 AM

Nikita Kucherov had an assist in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Stars.

It was his 43rd helper of the season and his 81st point in 70 games. Kucherov was the first star of the month for March and he doesn't appear to be slowing down despite just getting back recently from an illness.
Apr 2 - 10:21 PM

Nikita Kucherov got back in the lineup on Saturday night.

He missed one game due to an illness. Kucherov was also named the NHL's first star of the month for March. He amassed 12 goals and 10 assists for 22 points in 14 games.
Apr 2 - 9:22 AM

Coach Jon Cooper expects Nikita Kucherov to play in Saturday's match with Montreal.

That'll be a boon to Tampa's lineup to say the least. He's riding a five-game point streak with seven goals and 11 points in that span.
Apr 1 - 1:23 PM

Nikita Kucherov (illness) could be back for Saturday's game against Montreal.

Kucherov was forced to sit out on Thursday, but points are becoming crucial for the Lightning, who are three points behind Boston for the last playoff spot. We'll provide an update on Kucherov's status as soon as the Bolts make one available.
Apr 1 - 10:46 AM

Coach Jon Cooper hopes to get Nikita Kucherov back from an illness on Saturday.

Kucherov has starred for the Lightning this season during Steven Stamkos' absence. He leads the team with 38 goals and 80 points in 68 games. The sooner the Lightning can get back Kucherov, and possibly Stamkos too, the better off they will be as they battle for a playoff spot.
Mar 31 - 9:51 AM

Nikita Kucherov is too sick to play on Thursday against Detroit.

Add another file under Murphy's Law for Tampa Bay. Kucherov has arguably been the best player in the game with 25 goals and 45 points in the 2017 portion of the calendar. Consider him day-to-day, for now.
Mar 30 - 7:05 PM

Nikita Kucherov extended his point streak to five consecutive contests on Monday night.

He posted multi-point efforts in each of those games. Kucherov had two helpers in Monday's 5-4 OT win against Chicago. He has 80 points in 68 games this season.
Mar 28 - 11:06 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Johnson
2Vladislav Namestnikov
3Cedric Paquette
4Steven Stamkos
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Greg McKegg
4Yanni Gourde
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3Brayden Point
4J.T. Brown
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Braydon Coburn
4Jake Dotchin
5Mikhail Sergachev
6Andrej Sustr
7Luke Witkowski
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Peter Budaj