Nikita Kucherov

Nikita Kucherov

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has been named a finalist for the Hart Trophy for the 2018-2019 season. The award is given annually to the most-valuable-player in the NHL. Kucherov is joined by Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins as finalists. (Source: Yahoo!)

Fantasy Impact: It would be surprising if Kucherov did not ultimately win the award too, as he paced the entire league with 128 points on a team that tied the NHL regular-season record for wins with 62. He should be one of the first two players off-the-board in fantasy drafts next season.

 

Nikita Kucherov will be suspended for Sunday's Game Three match-up between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets. (Source: NHL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Nikita Kucherov will not be available to lace up the skates this Sunday due to an illegal boarding penalty on Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara in Game Two. This is a major blow to the Tampa Bay Lightning as they are already down 2-0 in a best of seven series with Columbus. It will be interesting to see how the team responds to all this adversity facing them for the remainder of this series.

 

Nikita Kucherov lit the lamp twice in Washington on Wednesday. He will look to keep adding to his point total in Carolina on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Nikita Kucherov has nine points in his last five games. He has 119 points this year and leads the league in scoring.

 

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Nikita Kucherov recorded two assists on Wednesday against the Jets.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov's two assists brought him up to 108 points, he's by far in first place in points as Patrick Kane is 14 points behind him in 2nd. He's the clear front runner for the Hart Trophy this season, it's been a beyond outstanding year for Kucherov.

 

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Nikita Kucherov tallied three assists in New York on Wednesday. His point total is up to 104 and shows no signs of stopping.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov has eight goals and 23 points in his last nine games.

 

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Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and tallied eight shots on net in Thursday's contest against the Sabres. The goal marked Kucherov's 30th goal of the season and his 100th point overall.

Fantasy Impact: Nikita Kucherov leads the league in points and continues to dominate.

 

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Nikita Kucherov tallied a goal and an assist against Montreal on Saturday. Kucherov will look to extend his point streak to five games against Columbus on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov has 94 points on the season and has 13 points in his last four games. He continues to make his fantasy owners very happy and shows no signs of slowing down.

 

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Nikita Kucherov picked up an assist in a loss against the Golden Knights.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov's assist was his 59th of the season and 81st point. He's the front-runner for the Hart Memorial Trophy through the majority of the NHL season as he's still leading the league in points and Tampa Bay is easily going to win the Presidents Trophy. He'll take on the Pens next.

 

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Nikita Kucherov tallied one goal and two assists on Saturday. He also had three shots on goal in the win against Buffalo. Kucherov and the Lightning take on the Islanders Sunday night.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov has seven points in his last three games and 75 points on the season. Start him against the Islanders on Sunday.

 

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Nikita Kucherov tallied an assist and four shots on goal in Thursday's win over the Hurricanes. Kucherov has three goals and six assists in his last five games. He will look to stay hot against Buffalo on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Nikita Kucherov continues to be a must-start player. He has 21 goals and 51 assists on the year.

 

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Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and had three helpers in the blowout win of the Kings on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov leads the league in both points (69) and assists (49). He is having a career year and shows no signs of slowing down.

 

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The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 6-5 in overtime on Thursday. The Lightning won despite giving up a three goal league in the third period. Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and assisted on 3 goals in the game. Kucherov now leads the league in scoring with 61 points on the year.

Fantasy Impact: Nikita Kucherov continues his hot streak with his goal against Philadelphia. Kucherov has seven goals and 19 assists in the month of December. He will look to light the lamp against Montreal on Saturday.

 

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Nikita Kucherov recorded two assists in Thursday's shootout win against the Calgary Flames. Kucherov now has at least a point in the last 7 games. He will look to extend his point streak to 8 games in Edmonton on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Nikita Kucherov continues to dominate, recording 17 points in the last 18 games. Edmonton have lost three games in a row and could be Kucherov's next victim Saturday night.

 

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On Tuesday, Nikita Kucherov took the ice for the 400th time. Kucherov celebrated the milestone by recording a goal and an assist against the Canucks. With 50 points on the season, Kucherov will look to keep the momentum going against the Calgary Flames on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Nikita Kucherov reached 50 points on the year Tuesday. Kucherov has three goals and four assists in the last five games. Because he plays a critical role in the high-scoring Tampa Bay offense, Kucherov is a must-start.

 

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Nikita Kucherov scored his 13th goal and got his 34th assist in the win against Toronto.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov is tied for second in the league in points, and remains an offensive force for the Lightning.

 

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Nikita Kucherov picked up an assist in a win against the New York Rangers.

Fantasy Impact: The assist was his 33rd of the season and his 45th point through 32 games played. He's on pace to easily set a career high for points, his career high was the 100 last season.

 

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Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and had three assist in the win on Monday against Tampa.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov now has at least one point in seven straight games, with five of those being multi point games. There is no reason not to start him every time out.

 

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Nikita Kucherov scores a goal and picked up two assists in a win against the Panthers on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov's been incredibly hot as of lately, he's picked up 20 points through his past nine games played. He has 38 points through 27 games this season, that's tied for first in the Eastern conference for points.

 

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Nikita Kucherov scored a goal in Monday's loss against the Predators.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov's picked up six points in his past three games and is up to 24 points through 21 games played. He remains an elite fantasy option.

 

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Nikita Kucherov had two goals and an assist with a +/- 2 in the win against the Oilers.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov now has 17 points on the season and is showing no signs of slowing down.

 

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Nikita Kucherov scored two goals and had one helper in the win against New Jersey.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov is skating on the top line in Tampa so nights like this may become the norm for him.

 

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Nikita Kucherov gets the power play assist on a first period J.T. Miller goal. Kucherov had two shots on goal in 18 minutes of ice time in the loss to the Wild.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov has been held to one goal so far this season, but has been able to provide four assist. The 25 year old right winger has now tallied a point in four consecutive games, and it is only a matter of time before he find the back of the net again.

 

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Nikita Kucherov netted two goals, including a power-play tally, in the Lightning's 3-2 road win against Detroit on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov has now potted seven goals in six games, and trails only Alex Ovechkin who leads the NHL with nine. Both lead the league with 10 points and an average of 1.67 points per game. Kucherov is part of the Bolts' top line along with Steven Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov, making up one of the scariest lines in all of hockey. The 24-year-old right wing is an elite and dynamic player, and one of the most proficient scorers with the man advantage. Last year he led the NHL with 32 power-play points (17 goals, 15 assists). It would not be surprising to see Kucherov contend this season for the Maurice Richard Trophy, awarded to the leading goal scorer in the NHL. Needless to say, he should be active in fantasy lineups regardless of format.

 

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Kucherov scored two goals in the Lightning's 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday. He also added four shots on net and finished with a minus-one rating in over 22 minutes of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: With his two goals last night, Kucherov now has five points over his last five games. He is having a career season for the Lightning with 33 goals and 38 assists in 64 games played.

 

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Kucherov scored the Lightning's first and last goal and also added an assist in the teams 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday. He finished the night with four shots on net and a plus-two rating in just under 18 minutes of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov has been on fire lately with eight points in his last five games. He continues to provide the Lightning with offensive production in the absence of Steven Stamkos and is now sitting at 30 goals and 36 assists in 59 games played this season.

 

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Kucherov scored three of the five Lightning goals and added a helper in his team's 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday. He finished the game with a team high seven shots on net and a plus-one rating in over 17 minutes of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: This marks Kucherov's 14th multi-point game of the season and his fourth game recording at least four points. He is having a career year in terms of point production and should continue to be started in all fantasy formats.

 

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Kucherov scored the Lightning's second and final goal in their 3-2 loss to the Flames on Thursday. He finished the night with three shots on net and an even rating in over 22 minutes of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: This marks Kucherov's fifth point in his last two games after recording a goal and three assists against the Oilers on Tuesday. He is having the best statistical season of his career with 54 points in 53 games played, continue to start him in your lineups with confidence.

 

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Kucherov assisted on both regulation time goals in the Lightning's 3-2 shoot out win over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. He also added a team high six shots on net and ended the game with an even rating in over 23 minutes of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: With his two assists last night, Kucherov now has five points in his last five games. He is now above the point-per-game mark with 47 points in 46 games played this season. He is a must start in all formats.

 

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Kucherov was able to find the back of the net in the Lightning's 2-1 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers Thursday night. He also added two shots on goal and finished with a minus-one rating in over 21 minutes of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: With his goal last night, Kucherov is now at 19 on the season. The Lightning winger is an every game start as he has now reached 44 points in 43 games played this season.

 

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Kucherov scored back to back goals and added an assist in Tuesday night's loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov has been red hot recently, tallying nine points in his last five games. He continues to be one of the top offensive options on the Lightning making him a weekly must-start.

 

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Kucherov recorded an assist on a power play goal and also got called for a major penalty.

Fantasy Impact: He is one of the best fantasy players on a very good team.

 

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Kucherov scored a power play goal that served as the only goal Tampa Bay scored and helped get them to a shoot out at 1-1.

Fantasy Impact: He is one of the best fantasy players on a very good team.

 

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Kucherov scored a power play goal and assisted on a different goal as Tampa Bay scored four and still lost.

Fantasy Impact: He is one of the best fantasy players on a very good team.

 

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Kucherov scored a goal and an assist but it was not enough as Columbus won 5-3.

Fantasy Impact: He is a top option.

 

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Kucherov scored a goal with less than two minutes left to put away the Flyers as the final score would end up 4-2.

Fantasy Impact: He is a top fantasy option.

 

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Kucherov recorded an assist on the lone Lightning goal in a 3-1 loss.

Fantasy Impact: He is a top fantasy option.

 

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Kucherov scored a goal to extend the lead to 3-1 on the way to a 4-1 victory/

Fantasy Impact: He is a top-20 player in our ECR.

 

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Kucherov scored two goals, including thr game-winner late in the third period. He would add an assist as well.

Fantasy Impact: Great offense, strong talent combined with results have lead to Kucherov being a top-20 player in our ECR.

 

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Kucherov scored a goal and then assisted on the other second period game as he helped put it away during a 4-0 victory.

Fantasy Impact: Great offense, strong talent combined with results have lead to Kucherov being a top-20 player in our ECR.

 

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Kucherov scored the eventual game-winner as his first period goal made the score 2-0 on the way to a 4-1 victory.

Fantasy Impact: He is a top-20 player in our ECR.

 

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Kucherov scored a goal and assisted on another as Tampa Bay would win 4-1.

Fantasy Impact: He is a top-20 player in our ECR with the advantage of having another one also on the team among position players.

 

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Kucherov recorded both an assist and a power play point Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: He has a strong floor as long as he is healthy which helps keep him within shot of the elites.

 

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Kucherov scored the first two goals of the game, including the eventual game-winner. He also assisted on two others.

Fantasy Impact: He is an elite fantasy option and has a strong floor as long as he is healthy.

 

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Kucherov recorded an assist and power-play point Sunday in a 6-1 loss.

Fantasy Impact: He is a top-20 player in our ECR on a great offensive team.

 

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Kucherov scored a goal and assisted on three others as the Lightning rolled 7-3.

Fantasy Impact: He is a top-20 player in our ECR on a great offensive team.

 

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Kucherov assisted on a goal as Tampa Bay continues their drive to go even further than last season with a 4-1 victory.

Fantasy Impact: He is an elite producer who is in a good position. He is #18 in our ECR so we recommend he be owned in the vast majority of leagues.

 

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Kucherov recorded an assist during the 4-3 shootout victory.

Fantasy Impact: He is a top player on one of the best teams in the NHL, so I would feel comfortable having him on my team.

 

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Kucherov assisted on the tying goal as the Lightning went on to win 3-2.

Fantasy Impact: He is a top player and is likely owned in the vast majority of leagues. This is an elite offensive team.

 

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Kucherov scored two goals to help get the Lightning to overtime after trailing earlier in the game. He then tallied an assist on the overtime winner.

Fantasy Impact: He has seven points in the last three games. He now has 11 goals and 19 total points. Yes, he is definitely a viable DFS option right now.

 

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Kucherov recorded two assists as the Lightning sped out to a 4-0 lead on route to their 4-3 victory that tied the series at two games a piece.

Fantasy Impact: He is better known for his nine goals this postseason but he now has 10 assists as well but either way, he has been a major fantasy asset so far this postseason.

 

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Kucherov recorded assists on both of Tampa Bay's goals in the 4-2 defeat that leaves the Lightning down two games to one.

Fantasy Impact: He is better known for his nine goals this postseason but either way, he has been a fantasy asset so far this postseason.

 

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Kucherov scored a goal on five shots and a rating of +2.

Fantasy Impact: This was his ninth goal of the playoffs already. With another round coming up. He will be a name you need to keep in mind for DFS.

 

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Kucherov scored a goal that allowed Tampa Bay to get to overtime, where they would win.

Fantasy Impact: This was the eighth goal of the playoffs for Kucherov which makes him one of the best producers so far this season. Even better, there is a good chance that he will still be around in the next round.

 

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Kucherov scored a goal on five shots with a rating of 0.

Fantasy Impact: He is a top-50 player in our ECR while scoring 66 points in the regular season,. The talent and production is there to consider him.

 

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Nikita Kucherov returned from his lower-body injury Thursday. He had missed two games due to the ailment.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov was quiet in his return, finishing with no points and a single shot on goal. He's been banged up quite a bit this month, but will look to remain healthy through the brief remainder of the regular season.

 

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Nikita Kucherov was able to return from his head injury on Tuesday. He was sidelined after being sucker-punched last week. (Source: Joe Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov saw roughly his normal allotment of ice time Tuesday. He finished with no points, three shots on goal and a minus-two rating. He has 55 points in 68 games played this season.

 

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Nikita Kucherov due to injury during Sunday's contest. Following the game, the team didn't have a status update, but they did say that the injury isn't expected to keep him out for an extended period. (Source: Joe Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov owners will want to monitor, but it doesn't seem like this should result in an extended absence. This is good news for the team and fantasy owners. Kucherov has posted 55 points in 67 games played this season. His status for Tuesday's game is unclear.

 

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Tampa Bay Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov assisted on two goals on Saturday night, as the Lightning defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in overtime by a score of 4-3. (Source: NHL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov is another player who has been very productive lately for Tampa Bay. Kucherov has four points in his past three games. His season totals stand at 25 goals and 28 assists.

 

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Tampa Bay Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov recorded an assist on Monday night versus the Toronto Maple Leafs, as the Lightning defeated the Leafs by a score of 2-1. (Source: NHL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov has 24 goals and 26 assists in 61 games played this season for the Lightning. He has two points in his last five games.

 

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Tampa Bay Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov scored one goal and assisted on another goal on Wednesday night in a 3-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. (Source: NHL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov now has 22 goals and 23 assists on the season. In comparison to last season, he is lagging way behind in plus/minus. Last season, Kucherov was a +38. This season, he is a +2.

 

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Tampa Bay RW Nikita Kucherov scored his 15th goal of the season on Friday night against the Edmonton Oilers. (Source: NHL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov is stuffing the stat sheet this season for Tampa Bay. He has 15 goals and 16 assists in 41 games.

 

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Tampa Bay RW Nikita Kucherov tallied two assists on Wednesday night, but the Lightning lost to the New York Rangers by a score of 5-2. (Source: NHL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov has 16 assists on the season for Tampa Bay. The Bolts next take the ice on January 2nd when they play the Minnesota Wild.

 

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Tampa Bay Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov assisted on a second-period goal on Tuesday night. Tampa Bay would go on to lose to the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 2-1. (Source: NHL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov has been very good lately: he has 11 points in his past nine games.

 

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Tampa Bay Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov scored two goals in Tampa Bay's 4-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. (Source: NHL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov is up to 10 goals this season, and he also has seven assists. 17 points in 29 games is not bad, but he is still lagging behind his pace from last season when he totaled 65 points in 82 games.

 

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Tampa Bay Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov had one goal and two assists on Saturday night as the Bolts defeated the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 5-0. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov has six goals and seven assists this season for Tampa Bay. His 13 points are second on the team behind Steven Stamkos, who has 17 points. Tampa Bay's next game is at home on Wednesday night versus the Los Angeles Kings.

 

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The Buffalo Sabres dominated the Tampa Bay Lightning on their home ice on Tuesday night by a score of 4-1, but Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov still managed to get an assist in the second period. (Source: NHL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov has been putting up solid numbers recently despite the team's struggles. He has seven points in his last six games after only two points in his first 11 games. The Lightning next game is on Thursday versus Calgary.

 

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Tampa Bay Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov scored his team's only goal on Tuesday, as the Bolts fell to the Detroit Red Wings by a score of 2-1. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: The goal was Kucherov's fourth of the season, and it came on the power-play in the second period. He has two goals and two assists since October 31st, and is officially heating up.

 

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Tampa Bay Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov assisted on two goals on Sunday versus Carolina, and the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Hurricanes by a score of 4-3. (Source: NHL.com)

Fantasy Impact: After a slow start, Kucherov has put together back-to-back solid games. He has one goal and two assists in his past two games. Kucherov still has only 5 points through 13 games and is unlikely to reach last year's total of 65 points, but it is a start.

 

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Tampa Bay Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov contributed three shots, one hit, one blocked shot, and a -1 rating on Tuesday night as the Lightning were shutout by the St. Louis Blues by a score of 2-0. (Source: NHL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov has two points in ten games for the Bolts. After posting 29 goals, 36 assists, and a +38 rating last season, expectations for Kucherov were fairly high. Seeing as he is on pace for a little over 16 points this year, decisions need to be made on him quickly. Another ten game stretch like this, and it is possible he will not have any trade value.

 

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Tampa Bay Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov scored his second goal of the season on Tuesday night, but the Tampa Bay Lightning fell to the Nashville Predators by a score of 5-4. Nashville came back from multiple deficits to force overtime, then won in a shootout. (Source: NHL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov was one of the shooters for Tampa Bay in the shootout, but he was unable to score. That has been a theme for Kucherov this year, as he has two goals and zero assists through seven games. This is a very poor start to the season for Kucherov, considering he tore it up with 29 goals, 36 assists, and a +38 rating just last season.

 

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Slow start for Nikita Kucherov

Wed, Oct 14th 8:45am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Nikita Kucherov was held pointless again Tuesday, finishing with two shots on goal.

Fantasy Impact: Kucherov has only one point over the first four games, averaging less than three shots on goal per game so far. After his breakout campaign last season, Kucherov is a regression candidate. Owners are hoping he can return to form.

 

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