Kucherov reportedly travelling with the Lightning to Chicago

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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov was on the team’s charter to Chicago on Sunday; however, is availability for Game 6 is still uknown.

The 21-year-old fell awkwardly into the goal post during the first period of Saturday’s Game 5 loss and did not return.

“I don’t have an update on [Kucherov],” Jon Cooper said postgame. “I thought he was going to come back, and then I got word he wasn’t coming back. He’ll be evaluated probably tonight and tomorrow.”

If Kucherov can’t play in Game 6 on Monday night, it would be a big blow to the Bolts’ offense. He has 10 goals and 22 points in 25 playoff games this spring.

“It’s tough to lose a guy like that,” said defenseman Anton Stralman per The Tampa Bay Times. “He’s definitely one of the guys you want on the ice.”

Puck drop on Game 6 is set for 8 p.m. ET on NBC.