TAMPA Tampa Bay Lightning star Nikita Kucherov After suffering an injury in Game 3, is expected to be playing in Game 4 of Wednesday's Stanley Cup Final.
Jon Cooper, Lightning coach, said Tuesday that he believes he can play tomorrow from where he is sitting right now. Kuch, however, isn't me. Kuch is sitting there saying the exact same thing if I know him. We'll wait to see what everyone and the doctors say.”
Kucherov left Monday's 6-2 victory Over the Colorado Avalanche The third period ended at 6:05. Kucherov took care of the puck. Devon Toews He stuck his stick in Lightning star's back, and then pushed him along the ice into the boards Kucherov fell on one knee. Kucherov got up to chase Toews briefly, and he was penalized for the incident.
Kucherov was ready to play in the power play. However, he went back to the trainers' area. With 26 points from 20 games, Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with 26.
Cooper was positive about Kucherov's participation in Game 4.
“I think so. Cooper expressed his hope. “It is always difficult to know that the game was 12 hours ago, or whatever it was. Over the next two-days, a lot can happen. Are you glad that there's a rest day in between games? Yes. Tomorrow will be his day.
Cooper said that Kucherov had suffered injuries in the past.
Cooper said about Kucherov, who was diagnosed with cracked ribs in the 2021 playoffs.
The Toews play upset the Lightning. “It is one of those plays that you don't want” defenseman Victor Hedman said. “It's dangerous. It's something you do not want to see. We'll watch to see if it happens. It's probably not, but it's still a very dangerous play.
An NHL source claims that the NHL Department of Player Safety chose not to discipline Toews.
Cooper stated that center was the other Lightning injury news. Brayden Point is “highly questionable” and will miss his second consecutive game in the Stanley Cup final.
Point suffered a lower body injury on May 14, in Game 7 of the first round series. Toronto Maple Leafs. He did not play in the Stanley Cup Finals' Game 2 and 3 playoff rounds. He was a game time decision for Game 3 but didn’t dress for the game. Riley Nash Drawing in.
Give the guys credit. Cooper spoke highly of Tampa Bay's win in Game 3. “Now, we have to do it again.”