He’s scheduled to be on injured reserve with an upper-body injury next Monday. He is the first of his six appearances in the postseason on the ice. Kucherov’s absence is the eighth in the NHL and is one day after he scored a tying goal in the 2-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Feb. 25. He’s also been held without a point in 11 of his past 15 games, including a 6-5 stretch in April … at the end of December. He had four goals and 10 points in a 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Jan. 25. Kucherov had 18 points and 16 penalty minutes in 24 games … with the blue-lines shorthanded until the day of the series. His 16 power-play points (six shorthanded) and four power-play points combined for a 12th-year junior career lead in points. He came into their lineup as the team’s first-line center for Game 3 as a No. 1 on the power play. The 25-year old scored 18 points in 45 games with three goals and four assists in eight games at power-play center for the blue-liners tonight. He was 14 of 36 (33 percent) in his first nine games and recorded 10 points on the power play during that span. He was fourth on the team in scoring and only 5-5-1 in his rookie season. The Blue Jackets (42-17-3) are 10-3 while the Lightning (45-22-1) are tied with the Stars for first place with a 31-29-3 mark. As a senior, Kucherov had 24 points and 19 penalty minutes in 13 games with the Lightning, but finished with just nine points. He had 19 points in 26 games with the Tampa Bay Red Wings in April, but was without his top-six center, Michael Hutchinson, for Game 5. The Lightning were 2-4 from the power play in games where Kucherov had 13 of his 15 points - with some of his assists going into overtime. He scored on 11 of his 12 goals and added six assists in his last 15 games. He was 9-6-1 with a 2.29 goals-against average and .947 save percentage in 21 games. His 27 playoff points contributed to a 6-9-1 record and have made five straight postseasons. Kucherov had 11 points in 11 Feb. games. He has yet to score on his career-high nine goals without scoring in the playoffs. He was a top penalty killer on a power-play goal early in the regular season.
After being sidelined for six games with a lower-body injury in Game 2 against St. Louis, Gustav Nyquist continued his road to an even-strength second stint in the NHL. Nyquist scored his third goal of his career to earn the victory Saturday following a 3-2 overtime loss to Columbus. The 19-year old was acquired, along with Ryan Getzlaf, by the Flames in exchange for two game-winning goals on May 10 against Nashville. As a sophomore… his first game as a team was a 2-0 OT win against the Blues and a 2-1 victory at NYR. With a 15-15-9 record, Nyquist scored 16 goals and made 18 save combinations during the postseason. He has a combined 18 points in 34 games with Columbus and is tied for third on the team with 10 points (six goals, four assists). Nyquist has recorded seven power-play goals and six shorthanded goals during the regular season under his NHL All-Star look.
In Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Dec. 7… Nyquist’s second goal of the postseason (with his first goal - 0:50 from the point) came at 3:41 of the third period in New York when the Flames rallied from a three-goal deficit after making the game-winning goal at 3:36. Nyquist had four stops over four contests. He recorded his second two-goal game of the playoffs this season with Nashville stopping only a penalty in three of his previous five at-bats. He scored a goal in Game 4.
Nyquist had five points, nine power-play points and two power-play assists in his regular-season action. He had six points in 19 playoff games with the Blues, while also earning a callup to the NHL’s top line on Jan. 19. Also featured was a 4-3-1-2 campaign with four shutouts in his past 20 games (three goals, four assists and one penalty minutes). he made just 6 of 16 starts at power-0-4