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Lightning center Brayden Point (21) works to control the puck against Florida Panthers right wing Owen Tippett (74) during the first period of Tuesday's game at Amalie Arena.
Finding power-play success without the playmaking forward isn’t as simple as looking to last season.
Plus, Tampa Bay will bring back its “Disrupt the Night” black alternate jerseys this season starting with Saturday’s game against Colorado.
Jon Cooper said earlier in the day that he doesn’t expect Kucherov to miss as much time as last season, when he was out 56 games.
Tampa Bay’s power play is an exercise in futility against its cross-state rival.

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  1. Lightning center Brayden Point (21) works to control the puck against Florida Panthers right wing Owen Tippett (74) during the first period of Tuesday's game at Amalie Arena.
  2. Lightning defensemen Victor Hedman, left, and Ryan McDonagh, second from left, pose with Nashville defensemen Roman Josi, second from right, and Mattias Ekholm, right, Wednesday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
  3. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy gets beat as the Panthers go up 3-1 during the third period at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.
  4. The Lightning placed Nikita Kucherov on long-term injured reserve, meaning he can't return before Nov. 13 and he also may be out longer than that.
  5. Panthers center Carter Verhaeghe (23) competes against the Lightning during a first-round playoff game last season.
  6. The Lightning tested Corey Perry, pictured, on the top line with Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point at Monday's practice.
  7. The NHL has suspended Evander Kane for 21 games for submitting a fake COVID-19 vaccination card. Kane will not be eligible to play until Nov. 30 at New Jersey.
  8. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov makes his way to the bench after he was injured during the third period of a game against the Capitals on Saturday night.
  9. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy turned away all seven shots he faced on the penalty kill Saturday night against the Capitals.
  10. Nikita Kucherov makes his way to the bench after he was injured during the third period against the Capitals on Saturday night.
  11. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos celebrates his winning goal in overtime against the Capitals on Saturday night.
  12. Lightning forward Boris Katchouk, seen here during the preseason, "gets himself engaged, he can win puck battles, he’s good around the net," according to coach Jon Cooper.
  13. Lightning center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, middle, battles between Penguins center Danton Heinen (43), left, and center Brian Boyle (11) in the season opener Tuesday at Amalie Arena.
  14. Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) and Lightning right wing Mathieu Joseph (7) argue in the second period of Thursday's game in Detroit.
  15. Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat celebrates his goal against the Red Wings in overtime Thursday night in Detroit.
  16. Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian is expected to miss four to six weeks with a lower body injury.
  17. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) skates off as the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate their fourth goal of Tuesday's game at Amalie Arena.
  18. The Pittsburgh Penguins' Brian Boyle (11), left, celebrates his second-period goal Tueday at Amalie Arena.
  19. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) looks up after the Pittsburgh Penguins scored the first goal of the game in the second period Tuesday at Amalie Arena.
  20. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) looks on along with defenseman Erik Cernak (81) as Pittsburgh Penguins center Danton Heinen (43) celebrates his second-period goal Tuesday at Amalie Arena.
  21. Lightning players look on as the 2020-21 Stanley Cup Champions banner is raised before the season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday at Amalie Arena.
  22. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks with reporters before Tuesday's game between the Lightning and Penguins at Amalie Arena.
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