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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.
Katchouk and fellow rookie Taylor Raddysh are still kind of auditioning for certain spots in the regular rotation.
The veteran forward’s success winning faceoffs on the fourth line and in penalty-kill situations are invaluable for the Lightning.
The Tampa Bay forward didn’t finish Thursday’s game after being hit in the face in the second period.
Tampa Bay trailed by three goals three separate times before winning at Detroit.

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  1. Nikita Kucherov makes his way to the bench after he was injured during the third period against the Capitals on Saturday night.
  2. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos celebrates his winning goal in overtime against the Capitals on Saturday night.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) and Lightning right wing Mathieu Joseph (7) argue in the second period of Thursday's game in Detroit.
  6. Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat celebrates his goal against the Red Wings in overtime Thursday night in Detroit.
  7. Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian is expected to miss four to six weeks with a lower body injury.
  8. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) skates off as the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate their fourth goal of Tuesday's game at Amalie Arena.
  9. The Pittsburgh Penguins' Brian Boyle (11), left, celebrates his second-period goal Tueday at Amalie Arena.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks with reporters before Tuesday's game between the Lightning and Penguins at Amalie Arena.
  14. Sonya Bryson-Kirksey performs the U.S. national anthem before the Lightning's season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday at Amalie Arena.
  15. Ross Colton certainly closed out last season on a high note, scoring the lone goal against the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup clincher.
  16. Sonya Bryson-Kirksey will be back singing the national anthem at Lightning home games, starting with Tuesday night's opener.
  17. New addition Corey Perry likely will play on the Lightning's third line and second power-play unit.
  18. Alex Barre-Boulet was claimed by the expansion Seattle Kraken off waivers on Monday.
  19. Lightning coach Jon Cooper signed a three-year contract extension that will carry him through the 2024-25 season.
  20. Tampa Bay's Taylor Raddysh, right, passes the puck past Florida's Ryan Lomberg during the first period of an Oct. 5 preseason game in Orlando.
  21. Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky stops Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov on a breakaway during Game 1 of last season's opening-round playoff series in May at BB&T Center in Sunrise. Tampa Bay and Florida move from the Central Division back to the Atlantic this season.
  22. Lightning left wing Alex Killorn, left, is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Panthers during the second period of the team's final preseason game.
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