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Kucherov out with lower-body injury

Lightning's leading scorer a late scratch vs. Hurricanes @NHLdotcom

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov was a late scratch against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Sunday.

Kucherov has a lower-body injury and is day-to-day, the Lightning said. Jonathan Marchessault took Kucherov's spot at right wing on a line with center Tyler Johnson and left wing Ondrej Palat.

Kucherov leads the Lightning in scoring with 49 points (24 goals, 25 assists) in 58 games. 

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