Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Kucherov on a roll for Lightning

SUNRISE — F Nikita Kucherov's scoring binge began 3 minutes, 21 seconds into the Lightning's victory Nov. 1 against the Islanders when he scored his first of two goals that night. It ended late in Saturday's win against New Jersey when he outskated the Devils defense and beat goalie Cory Schneider with a backhand shot.

All told, Kucherov scored three goals and assisted on four others in three games for a seven-point total that earned him the NHL's First Star of the Week.

Kucherov entered Monday's game against the Panthers with an NHL-high 11 assists and third in scoring with 15 points.

For coach Jon Cooper, Kucherov's play was just a reminder of why is one of the emerging stars in the league.

"He just can make plays at a really high rate of speed," Cooper said after Monday's morning skate, "but the one thing for him is has the ability to make other guys better. If you look at his goal-to-assist ratio, usually he's got a few more goals and a few less assists, but he's really helping his teammates out.

"Pucks are going to go in for him. We just keep telling him he's got to shot the puck, be more selfish, because when he shoots, the puck has eyes."

DROUIN UPDATE: F Jonathan Drouin's status has been listed as day to day since taking a hit to the head Nov. 1 against the Islanders, but Cooper indicated Monday that might not be the case. When asked if recalling F Cory Conacher meant Drouin is not close to returning, Cooper said, "I don't know necessarily about where Jo's timetable is. We're hoping very soon he'll be back." Drouin missed his third game Monday.

FILPPULA OUT: F Valtteri Filppula was not in Monday's lineup because of a lower body injury. Cooper said after the morning skate that Conacher rejoined the team to provide depth because several forwards are not 100 percent. "We've got guys that are on the cusp of maybe playing maybe not," Cooper said. "I think we should be in decent shape (Monday), but just in case. We have limited numbers, so if guys aren't ready to go he'll be in." Conacher was not in the lineup. D Nikita Nesterov, a healthy scratch in the previous three games, was in the lineup as Cooper went with seven defensemen and 11 forwards for the first time this season.

Up next

vs. Islanders, 7:30 Thursday,

Amalie Arena. TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 970-AM

Kucherov on a roll for Lightning 11/07/16 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2016 9:36pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Muslim faith greater than fear for Wharton's Rania Samhouri (w/video)

    Tranckandfieldpreps

    TAMPA — Rania Samhouri graduated Monday night from Wharton High School, and many times throughout the ceremony she flashed back to a moment that changed her life.

     Rania Samhouri stretches after track practice on Monday April 24, 2017 at Wharton High School in Tampa, Florida. Rania, who is Muslim, recently started wearing her hijab during track competitions. She graduates from Wharton this year and will attend University of South Florida on scholarship next year.
  2. Bucs' Doug Martin relying on strength from drug rehab to power his return

    Bucs

    TAMPA — He would not talk about the drug he abused. He would not identify the rehab facility he entered in January or how long he was there.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  3. NCAA: Former USF basketball assistant gave improper benefits

    Colleges

    TAMPA — Former USF men's basketball assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.

  4. Back to .500, Rays feel ready to roll (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Who wants to be mediocre? Middling? Average? Run-of-the-mill?

    Rays catcher Jesus Sucre tags out the Angels’ Mike Trout trying to score from second base after a perfect peg from rightfielder Steven Souza Jr. in the first inning.
  5. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. preserves shutout with perfect throw

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The closest the Angels came to scoring off RHP Matt Andriese in Thursday's 4-0 Rays victory occurred in the first inning, when DH Mike Trout tried to score from second on a single to right. But the throw from RF Steven Souza Jr. was on the money, and Trout was out.

    "That …

    Colby Rasmus collects high fives and shoulder rubs after driving in all four of the Rays’ runs in their victory Thursday. Rasmus had two run-scoring hits a day after hitting a home run.