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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
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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 Isles.
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

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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

Expect Nikita Kucherov to be back in Tampa Bay's lineup on Thursday.

Kucherov is on the ice for the pregame warmup, so don't be surprised if he's inserted back into the lineup. The 22-year-old missed each of Tampa's last two games with a lower-body injury. He has 29 goals and 61 points in 72 games in 2015-16. His return is a big boost for the Bolts.
Mar 31 - 7:23 PM

Nikita Kucherov (lower body) is a game-time decision on Thursday.

That being said, the odds are in favor of Kucherov participating in the contest. Kucherov has missed Tampa Bay's last two games due to the ailment.
Mar 31 - 11:55 AM

Nikita Kucherov is listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

He didn't skate on Tuesday after he missed a second straight game on Monday night. Kucherov hasn't been ruled out yet for Thursday's game.
Mar 29 - 1:56 PM

Nikita Kucherov didn't participate in the morning skate Monday, so it doesn't look like he will play against Toronto.

If he sits then it will be the second game in a row he has missed with a lower-body injury.
Mar 28 - 4:04 PM

Nikita Kucherov will not play Saturday against Florida due to an undisclosed lower-body injury.

That's unfortunate, as Kucherov was riding a four-game goal streak with seven points in that span. At 29 goals and 62 points this season, he's one goal and four points shy of setting new personal bests.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 26 - 7:09 PM

Nikita Kucherov will be a game-time decision in Saturday's game against the Florida Panthers.

Kucherov blocked a shot in yesterday's win over the New York Islanders, but he was able to finish the game. The Lightning should provide an update on his status right before puck drop.
Mar 26 - 2:15 PM

Nikita Kucherov produced a goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 6-2 victory over Detroit.

He has scored in three straight contests and has two assists during that span as well. Kucherov has reached the 60-point mark for a second straight season and there's still time for him to set new personal bests.
Mar 23 - 11:12 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
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