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Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov Looks To Continue Six-Game Goal Streak Start

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It may be a little early to start talking about the milestone, but it won’t stop the chatter regarding Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov and his 6-game goal streak.

Kucherov is in rare company, as he is one of only four players to do so in the past 30 seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Detroit Red Wings’ legend Steve Yzerman scored a goal in each of the first six games of the season in 1988-89.

St. Louis Blues’ Keith Tkachuk also performed the feat in 2008-09.

The record is held by Pittsburgh Penguins legend and hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux who scored a goal in each of his first 12 games back in the 1992-93, notching a whopping 18 goals during the streak.

It’s a long way to Lemieux’s mark, but Kucherov is already making waves with his impressive play to start the season.

 

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Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha Out Four To Six Weeks

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The Detroit Red Wings will be without bright spot forward Anthony Mantha, who has developed impressively this season, will miss four to six weeks with a hand injury and will undergo surgery today, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Mantha injured his hand while fighting with Patrik Nemeth of the Colorado Avalanche, a game that resulted in the two-game suspension of Tyler Bertuzzi.

Mantha has picked up 14 points in 27 games this season.

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Flyers Hire Chuck Fletcher as General Manager

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The Philadelphia Flyers have announced the hiring of Chuck Fletcher as the team’s new general manager, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Fletcher, who becomes the eighth man to serve as GM in franchise history, will take over for Ron Hextall who was fired back in November.

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Devils’ Steven Santini Sent To AHL On Conditioning Loan

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The New Jersey Devils have sent defenseman Steven Santini to the AHL on a conditioning loan as the 23-year old works his way back from a broken jaw, according to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti.

Santini has played in only one game for New Jersey this season, struggling to catch on as a full-time player for the Devils, and has only played in 76 NHL games during his short career after the Devils selected him with the 42d pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

 

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