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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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Lightning Shopping Slater Koekkoek

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are shopping defenseman, and former first round pick, Slater Koekkoek, according to SportsNet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Tampa Bay is now motivated to trade away their once prized prospect, who is currently playing with the Syracuse Crunch on a conditioning stint.

Koekkoek is waiver eligible and will become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights in the summer of 2019.

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Blue Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky Will Not Dress Due To Team Incident

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that veteran goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will not dress for tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators due to what is being described as an “incident”.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen stated the following:

“There are certain expectations and values that we have established for our players that define our culture. An incident occurred in which Sergei failed to meet those expectations and values, so we made the decision that he would not be with the team for tonight’s game. This is an internal matter and we will have no further comment at this time.”

In corresponding moves, the Blue Jackets has recalled Jean-Francois Berube, and placed both Brandon Dubinsky and Markus Hannikainen on injured reserve.

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Leafs’ Frederik Andersen Targeting Saturday Return

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltender Frederik Andersen said that he is eyeing the team’s upcoming game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday to make his return to the ice.

Andersen was placed on injured reserve on January 3rd, retroactive to December 23rd, and hasn’t played since December 22nd.

Despite his goal of a Saturday return, Maple Leafs’ head coach Mike Babcock is looking towards Monday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche as the best time for his return.

Babcock pours a little cold water on Andersen’s reveal, saying it might be Monday vs. Colorado. Hmmm…— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) January 9, 2019

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