06/15/2015 14:00 EDT | Updated 06/15/2016 01:12 EDT

Lightning coach Cooper says Kucherov "probable" to play in Game 6

CHICAGO - Nikita Kucherov will skate in warm-ups, and Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper deemed him "probable" to play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final against the Chicago Blackhawks.Kucherov took part in the morning skate at United Center and appeared to be OK."I'm going to take warm-up and then it's up to coach if I play or not," the Russian forward said before being ushered out of the locker-room.Kucherov left early in Game 5 on Saturday after crashing into the post. Cooper said he wondered if he'd return.Asked about the 21-year-old forward's status, Cooper used a football term in calling him probable.Kucherov is the Lightning's second-leading scorer in the playoffs with 10 goals and 12 assists."He's a great player, he's been awesome for us all year, especially during playoffs here," linemate Tyler Johnson said. "I love playing with the kid. He's a competitor, he's awesome. He's a guy that you definitely want in this situation."Just seeing Kucherov back on the ice was good for the Lightning after how bad his collision with the post Saturday night looked.When Kucherov left Game 5, Cooper rotated captain Steven Stamkos and Jonathan Drouin on wing with Johnson and Ondrej Palat."They're two different players, two different mentalities in the way they play, so you kind of have to figure that out," Johnson said of Kucherov and Stamkos. "The good things for us is they're both great players and both easy to play with. There's just little things here and there you have to adjust to."---Follow @SWhyno on Twitter