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Kucherov, Callahan skate, but not likely for tonight

Nikita Kucherov, who left Tuesday's practice early with an undisclosed issue, skated on his own Wednesday.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Nikita Kucherov, who left Tuesday's practice early with an undisclosed issue, skated on his own Wednesday.

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Lightning wing Nikita Kucherov was on the ice for the optional skate Wednesday morning at the Saddledome.

But judging by how limited Kucherov was, it doesn't look like he'll be in the lineup tonight against the Flames. Kucherov, who left Tuesday's practice early with an undisclosed issue, skated on his own Wednesday.

He didn't take part in drills, mostly focusing on skating and turns, and shot on the net opposite of the rest of the team. Associate coach Rick Bowness would not officially rule Kucherov out.

"Kuch is fine," Bowness said. "Everybody's been told to come ready to play tonight. So we'll know our lineup when we get here tonight."

Forward Cory Conacher, called up as insurance with Kucherov's injury, was at the morning skate too and could be in. 

Veteran wing Ryan Callahan, who missed the last six games with a nagging hip injury, participated in his first practice in a week. The team has been cautious with Callahan, who had the hip surgically-repaired over the summer. But Callahan looked good, skating with power and no limitations. "Progressing," Callahan said. "It's been bothering me, so a little rest."

Callahan said he wasn't told definitively one way or another by doctors that he'd have issues like this following surgery. "Obviously it's a little frustrating," he said. "I want to be back."

More from morning skate: G Andrei Vasilevskiy was the only goalie at the skate, a good indication that G Ben Bishop will start tonight against the Flames... C Brayden Point will play his first NHL game in his hometown of Calgary, with 50 family and friends expected to be in the stands. "It's pretty cool," he said.

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 3:33pm]

    

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