Perry - Lightning can deal with Kucherov loss

23 October 2021 20:59:27 GMTPlus11
Perry positive despite Kucherov absence

Veteran Corey Perry insists the Tampa Bay Lightning can deal with the loss of star forward Nikita Kucherov who will be out "indefinitely" with a lower-body injury.

The Lightning, back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions, expect Kucherov to recover in time to play again in the regular season and help to challenge in the playoffs for the three-peat, which they are 15/2 to achieve.

Hip surgery

The 28-year-old missed the entirety of the last regular season after undergoing hip surgery. He returned for the championship post-season winning run, scoring a playoff-leading 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists).

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It was the second straight season that Kucherov registered the most points in the playoffs after scoring 34 (seven goals, 27 assists) in 25 games in 2019/20.

In each of the last two seasons, 36-year-old Perry has been on the losing side to Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup Final, with Dallas Stars in 2019/20 and Montreal Canadiens last season.

This off-season, Perry signed a two-year contract with the Lightning and has replaced Kucherov on the Lightning's top line with Ondrej Palat and Brayden Points.

'Big part'

Tampa Bay are 2-2-0 to start the regular season. Kucherov has four points (one goal, three assists) whilst Perry is yet to register his first point.

Perry said to the media: "He's a big part of this team. But they did it last year without him. They found a way. Everybody bought into the system, he came, he got healthy and away they went.

"It's just a matter of finding that little bit of depth and that little bit of courage to pick him up."

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