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Nikita Kucherov possibly out indefinitely with lower-body injury, team says

Nikita Kucherov possibly out indefinitely with lower-body injury, team says

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Oct 19
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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has been reported to have sustained a lower-body injury following a 2-1 overtime win over the Washington Capitals last weekend.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper updated reporters on his status after Monday’s practice.

“It’s definitely not a day-to-day thing, so we’ll wait until we get an official word, but he’s definitely out,” Cooper said. “He’s going to be out for a while here. We’re not going to put a timetable on it until we get an official word. In the short term here he’s definitely out.”

Kucherov was an integral part of Tampa Bay’s Stanley Cup title-defending campaign last season after returning from a hip injury to score eight goals and record 24 assists during the playoffs.

According to early reports, the 28-year-old could potentially suffer from a groin or abdominal injury.

“I’m more frustrated for him because I just know the work it took for him to get back,” Cooper added. “He was rewarded in the end with hoisting the Stanley Cup again, but I know he was looking forward to having a big year.”

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