Kulikov missed four game with a knee injury, but will be back in the lineup tonight in San Jose. He has averaged 22:36 TOI this season and recorded four assists in 12 games. Expect him to skate with Willie Mitchell and play on the Panthers’ second power-play unit.
Kulikov (knee) could return to the Panthers’ lineup on Thursday.
Kulikov has missed the last four games with a knee injury he suffered on November 8th vs. the Flames. He was back on the ice for the Panthers morning skate today and could be back in the lineup. He has four assists in 12 games.
Kulikov (knee) is not at Panthers’ practice on Monday.
Kulikov left Saturday’s game after a collision with Lance Bouma. He had an MRI and the results were encouraging as he did not sustain any serious damage to his knee. He will likely be sidelined for a little while, but it sounds like he avoided going on the shelf for an extended period of time. He will be replaced by Colby Robak if he can’t play tomorrow.
The Panthers have signed restricted free-agent Dmitri Kulikov to a three-year, $13 million deal.
Kulikov, 23, had a career-high eight goals (19 points) but a career-worst minus-26 rating in 81 games with the Panthers in 2013-14. Kulikov did have solid possession numbers (51.2 CF%) for the second straight year and he'll be just 24-years-old in October so he should continue to improve his NHL game this season.
Kulikov will be a healthy scratch tonight; Mike Mottau in.
The 2009 14th overall pick has struggled offensively this season posting one goal and two assists with a minus-9 rating in 27 games. Panthers head coach Peter Horachek says Kulikov "needs to be accountable". Kuli is disappointed does not think he was playing bad enough to be kicked out of lineup.