Lightning superstar Nikita Kucherov likely will miss considerable playing time after suffering a groin injury Saturday in the Bolts’ 2-1 win at Washington.
“Definitely not a day-to-day thing,” Cooper told reporters Monday at the Lightning’s practice.
Kucherov left Saturday’s game midway through third period after doubling over in pain. That prompted team captain Steven Stamkos to note after the game, “Kuch is a pretty tough guy. It didn’t look good.”
Kucherov missed all of the 2020-21 regular season after undergoing hip surgery, but returned in time for the playoffs and helped lead the Lightning to their second consecutive Stanley Cup.
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