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Lightning will have to do without Nikita Kucherov facing 0-3 deficit

14 April 2019

Kucherov was given a major penalty and ejected for hitting Nutivaara in a defenseless position with 4:26 remaining in the lopsided defeat.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and the Columbus Blue Jackets meet in game three of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup in National Hockey League action from the Nationwide Arena on Sunday night.

Kucherov received the one-game ban after boarding Blue Jackets defenceman Markus Nutivaara late in the third period of Friday's 5-1 Columbus victory.

The Tampa Bay Lightning aren't exactly off to a good start in their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kucherov scored 128 points this season (41 goals and 87 assists), the most the National Hockey League has seen since Jaromir Jagr scored 161 in 1995-96.

The Lightning outscored Columbus 17-3 in winning all three meetings in the regular season.

With Kucherov unavailable, here's what Tampa Bay's lines looked like during practice on Saturday.

Tampa Bay is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Columbus. The Department of Player Safety announced Kucherov will be suspended for Game 3 because of the hit.

Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said he didn't see the hit and had intentionally not reviewed it before his post-game news conference.

However, through two games of the first round Kucherov has yet to record a point. Among them: Kucherov was in control of the play at all times.

Lightning will have to do without Nikita Kucherov facing 0-3 deficit