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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
Contract: view contract details

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Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and three assists in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Kucherov did damage in each of the three periods. He helped set up Steven Stamkos' goal in the first period before adding one of his own to make it 2-0 for the Bolts. He then registered assists on Stamkos' second tally of the game and Alex Killorn's third-period goal. Kucherov finished the night with a plus-2 rating, six shots on goal and one hit in 18:06 of ice time. The Russian forward is now riding a five-game point streak (he has 10 points during that stretch). He's up to 31 goals and 76 points in 58 games this season. Feb 15 - 11:18 PM

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Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and an assist in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Lightning found themselves down 3-0 with four minutes left in the second period, but that's when they went to work. Kucherov helped set up Alex Killorn's tally in the middle frame to cut Tampa's deficit to 3-1. The Russian forward then made it 3-2 just 58 seconds into the third. The Bolts ended up tying the game thanks to Yanni Gourde, but the Maple Leafs still ended up winning on a goal from James van Riemsdyk. Since going 11 games without a goal, Kucherov has now scored in three straight contests. He has 30 goals and 71 points in 56 games. He's on pace to hit the 104-point mark in 2017-18.
Feb 12 - 9:55 PM

Nikita Kucherov scored his 29th of the season in a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

Kucherov now has goals in back-to-back games for the Bolts, after going 11 games without a goal. Despite the drought, Kucherov is still third in the league in goals and is now just three behind Alexander Ovechkin. The Bolts also got goals from Steven Stamkos, Alex Killorn, and Cedric Paquette in the win. Kucherov has 29 goals and 69 points in 55 games this season.
Feb 11 - 12:14 AM

Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and an assist in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Kucherov opened the scoring at the 14:36 mark of the first period. The goal finally put an end to his 11-game goalless drought. The Lightning forward also helped set up Victor Hedman's power play tally late in the third period. The 24-year-old finished the night with a game-high seven shots on goal in 18:32 of ice time. He now has 28 goals and 68 points in 54 games this season. Despite having just one goal in his last 12 games, he's still managed to pick up seven points in his last six games. Yanni Gourde, Adam Erne and Steven Stamkos also found the back of the net in Thursday's win.
Feb 8 - 10:42 PM

Nikita Kucherov's goalless drought has reached 11 straight games.

Kucherov is clearly frustrated that he hasn't found the back of the net since Jan. 7. "This is not fun, definitely," he said. "I wish I would score. I think I'm in that kind of period where whatever I do doesn't work." Coach Jon Cooper has encouraged Kucherov to shoot more often, but the Lightning winger said he won't fire away if he can set up a teammate. He has contributed seven assists during his goal slump. Kucherov had six shots on target against Edmonton his last outing and he will look to get the monkey off his back Thursday versus Vancouver.
Feb 8 - 10:19 AM

Nikita Kucherov picked up two assists in a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

Kucherov's assists came on first period goals scored by Chris Kunitz and Victor Hedman. Kucherov is now up to 66 points in 52 games this season but has failed to score a goal in his last 10 games. Yanni Gourde and Cory Conacher also scored in the win. We'd expect Kucherov to break his drought any time now.
Feb 4 - 1:05 AM

Nikita Kucherov hasn't scored a goal in nine consecutive matches.

This marks Kucherov's longest drought since he was held off the board in 13 straight games in 2015. He hasn't earned a point in six outings during his current nine-game goalless skid. "Right now, if I was going to say there's one thing, he's got to shoot the puck more, because sometimes these players, if it’s not going in for them, they think, 'Let me move it on' to another player," coach Jon Cooper said. Kucherov has been great this year with 27 goals and 64 points in 51 games. It won't be long before he is back on track.
Feb 2 - 10:49 AM

Nikita Kucherov netted a hat trick to propel Team Atlantic to the championship game at the 2018 NHL-Star tournament.

Kucherov helped the Atlantic eliminate Team Metropolitan by a score of 7-4 to earn a date against Team Pacific. He completed his three-game performance with his patented fake shot move and the hats from the fans and the helmets from his teammates littered the ice. Jack Eichel produced a goal and two helpers in the contest, while Erik Karlsson had three assists in the win. Brayden Point, Auston Matthews and Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist apiece. Steven Stamkos and Aleksander Barkov had two helpers each, while Mike Green got on the board with an assist of his own. Every member of Team Atlantic's skater group picked up a point in the victory. Carey Price blocked eight of nine shots in the game and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 10 saves on 13 shots.
Jan 28 - 5:59 PM

Nikita Kucherov will be in the passing challenge during tonight's skills competition.

Kucherov currently leads the NHL with 63 points in 49 games this season, three more than the next closest player. He will be joined in this competition by Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn, Eric Staal, Alex Pietrangelo, Kris Letang and Drew Doughty.
Jan 27 - 3:42 PM

Nikita Kucherov had a pair of assists in Thursday's 5-1 win over Philadelphia.

Kucherov and Steven Stamkos combined to help set up two goals by Vladislav Namestnikov in the contest. Kucherov has no goals and four helpers in his last seven outings, but he will enter the All-Star break in first place in the NHL scoring race. He has generated 63 points (27 goals, 36 assists) in 49 games this campaign.
Jan 26 - 10:05 AM

Nikita Kucherov is projected to play with Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson on Monday night.

Kucherov has been separated from Steven Stamkos before this season and it hasn't slowed him down. Stamkos is slated to play alongside Chris Kunitz and Vladislav Namestnikov against Chicago.
Jan 22 - 2:19 PM

Nikita Kucherov will be a part of the 2018 NHL All-Star Game.

Not that there was ever any doubt given that he has 27 goals and a league-leading 60 points in 43 games this season. The Tampa Bay Lightning will be sending four players to the All-Star Game, which is more than any other team. Their other All-Stars are Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, and Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Jan 10 - 4:13 PM

Nikita Kucherov registered an assist in the Lightning's 6-3 loss to Ottawa on Saturday.

Kucherov has recorded at least a point in three of his last four games. He has 26 goals and a league-leading 58 points in 41 contests in 2017-18.
Jan 7 - 10:58 AM

Nikita Kucherov scored a goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Kucherov took the loose puck out of the corner before circulating around and firing a perfect shot passed a screened Carey Price. The goal was his 26th of the season, moving him into a tie with Alex Ovechkin for the league lead. Kucherov has a seven point lead in the scoring race with 57 points in 40 games this season.
Jan 4 - 11:29 PM

Nikita Kucherov has been chosen as the third star for the month of December.

Kucherov notched eight goals and 12 assist in 13 matches, while registering a league-best 1.54 points per game. He was held off the scoresheet in one contest and finished the month on a 10-game point streak. Kucherov leads the NHL with 25 goals and 56 points through 38 games.
Jan 2 - 4:30 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Steven Stamkos
2Brayden Point
3Tyler Johnson
4Cedric Paquette
5Matthew Peca
LW1Vladislav Namestnikov
2Ondrej Palat
3Alex Killorn
4Chris Kunitz
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Yanni Gourde
3Ryan Callahan
4Cory Conacher
5Adam Erne
D1Victor Hedman
2Mikhail Sergachev
3Anton Stralman
4Jake Dotchin
5Braydon Coburn
6Dan Girardi
7Slater Koekkoek
8Andrej Sustr
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Louis Domingue
3Peter Budaj