TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin has been an afterthought for much of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The third pick in the 2013 NHL Draft has played in five games and has a minus-6 rating.
But Drouin could be a major piece of the Lightning's lineup in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports) if forward Nikita Kucherov is unable to play.
Kucherov left Game 5 in the first period after he slammed into the goal post chasing after a loose puck. Chicago won 2-1 in Game 5 at Amalie Arena on Saturday and has a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series. Kucherov did not return and Lightning coach Jon Cooper had no further information on his status.