Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov had underwent surgery on Tuesday for an unspecified lower-body injury and will be out 8-10 weeks.
According to the team’s timetable, Tampa Bay’s star forward should return in January.
Brayden Point gives Tampa Bay its first regulation lead of the season and the team doesn’t squander it.
After playing a mostly dominant second period, Tampa Bay allows a costly goal at the end of the frame.
Andrei Vasilevskiy will get this first night off this season in the first of back-to-back games.


  1. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov had underwent surgery on Tuesday for an unspecified lower-body injury and will be out 8-10 weeks.
  2. The Lightning's Ryan McDonagh returns to the bench after scoring during the second period against the Penguins on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.
  3. Chicago Blackhawks general manager and president of hockey operations Stan Bowman resigned Tuesday after an investigation commissioned by the team found he was among a group of leaders who failed to respond promptly to allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player in 2010.
  4. Players look at the puck after a shot by Sabres left wing Jeff Skinner (53) was blocked by Lightning goaltender Brian Elliott during the first period Monday night in Buffalo.
  5. Lightning goaltender Brian Elliott blocks a shot by Nashville Predators center Thomas Novak (82) during a preseason game earlier this month in Nashville, Tenn.
  6. Erik Cernak's 19 shots on goal through five games lead the Lightning.
  7. Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev added to the team's penchant for penalties in Saturday's loss to the Avalanche.
  8. Steven Stamkos needs 78 points to catch Martin St. Louis as the Lightning's all-time leader.
  9. Lightning right wing Corey Perry (10) and Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) scrap during the second period Saturday night at Amalie Arena.
  10. The injury to Nikita Kucherov opened the door for Alex Barre-Boulet to return to the Lightning.
  11. The Lightning's Nikita Kucherov, left, with Brayden Point, middle, and Ondrej Palat on the ice on the opening day of Lightning training camp.
  12. “(Thursday) night brought back a lot of memories for the guys,” Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said. “You kind of relive that moment. (Friday), the date has turned, and you get ready for (Saturday).”
  13. The Lightning claimed forward Alex Barre-Boulet off waivers Friday, after he had spent a week and a half with Seattle.
  14. The Lightning's 2020-21 Stanley Cup championship ring features 338 diamonds and 52 sapphires.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy gets beat as the Panthers go up 3-1 during the third period at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.
  18. 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.
  19. Panthers center Carter Verhaeghe (23) competes against the Lightning during a first-round playoff game last season.
  20. The Lightning tested Corey Perry, pictured, on the top line with Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point at Monday's practice.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy turned away all seven shots he faced on the penalty kill Saturday night against the Capitals.