LIGHTNING FORWARD NIKITA KUCHEROV COULD BE OUT A WHILE WITH LOWER-BODY INJURY

OCT 18, 2021  (11H38)      COOPER GODIN
During Tampa Bay's game against Washington on Saturday night, star forward Nikita Kucherov suffered a lower-body injury while getting tangled up with Garnet Hathaway. Kucherov left the game and did not return.



Lightning fans waited all Sunday for news on the Russian forward, and finally on Monday morning, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com revealed that the prognosis on Kucherov is not good, and his injury may require surgery.

"Hearing the initial word on Nikita Kucherov is not positive and surgery could be involved. Assuming that's accurate, I'd expect him to miss some time moving forward, should know more later today #GoBolts #TBLightning", he said in a tweet.

Kucherov, 28, missed the entire 2020-21 season after having hip surgery in December, but returned in time for the playoffs, helping the Lightning win their second consecutive Stanley Cup. Also for a second straight year, he led the playoffs in scoring, this time with 32 points (8 G, 24 A) in 23 games.

The Maykop, Russia native is off to a flying start to his 2021-22 campaign, tallying four points (one goal, three assists) in three games.

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MATHIEU JOSEPH
STILL SIDELIEND
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KIEFFER BELLOWS
OUT OF PROTOCOLS
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ATLANTIC DIVISION
2021-2022 SEASON
TEAMSGPWLOLPTS
1
MAPLE LEAFS24176135
2
PANTHERS22154333
3
LIGHTNING21125428
4
RED WINGS24129327
5
BRUINS19118-22
6
SABRES22811319
7
CANADIENS24616214
8
SENATORS2041519
NHL STATS
LIVE
DECEMBER 2, 2021 G A PTS
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
1 4 5
SAM REINHART
1 3 4
AARON EKBLAD
2 1 3
VICTOR HEDMAN
2 1 3
KIRILL KAPRIZOV
2 1 3
RYAN HARTMAN
1 2 3
ALEX FORMENTON
2 - 2
VINNIE HINOSTROZA
2 - 2
ANTON LUNDELL
2 - 2
JASON ROBERTSON
2 - 2
  COMPLETE RESULTS
NHL STATS
SEASON
2021-2022GPGAPTS
LEON DRAISAITL
21202141
CONNOR MCDAVID
21152540
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
+1
25191939
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
+5
2492033
NAZEM KADRI
+1
2192131
EVGENY KUZNETSOV
+1
2592029
KIRILL KAPRIZOV
+3
2391828
TIMO MEIER
+2
19111326
STEVEN STAMKOS
+1
22111426
AARON EKBLAD
+3
24101526
JOHNNY GAUDREAU
2391625
VICTOR HEDMAN
+3
2371725
MIKAEL GRANLUND
2452025
JOHN TAVARES
23111425
TROY TERRY
23151025
BRAD MARCHAND
1891524
SEBASTIAN AHO
+2
23101224
KYLE CONNOR
22141024
ROBERT THOMAS
+2
2422024
MATT DUCHENE
24131124
  COMPLETE STATS