Tikhonov agreed to a contract Sunday with SKA Saint Petersburg of the KHL. After spending the previous six seasons in the KHL, Tikhonov agreed to a deal with the Blackhawks last summer, but was waived after going scoreless in 11 games. He ended up latching on with the Coyotes and didn't deliver much better results, compiling three goals and three assists in 39 games. Given the lack of success he experienced in the NHL, it's not overly surprising that the 28-year-old decided to head back to the KHL, where he could very well stay for the remainder of his career.
Tikhonov fired five shots on goal during a 3-2 overtime loss to Vancouver Wednesday. Skating on the second line in the absence of Jiri Sekac, Tikhonov recorded his highest shot total of the season. He also logged 14:00 on the ice -- his highest total since Jan. 23. The 27-year-old was held without a point, but nearly scored on a breakaway chance in the first period. With just five points this season, Tikhonov doesn't hold much fantasy value, but could see a bump if he continues skating on the second line.
Tikhonov (lower body) will be in the lineup for Tuesday's tilt against the Kings. Tikhonov will likely be skating on the Coyotes' fourth forward line alongside Kyle Chipchura and Boyd Gordon. The 27-year-old Latvian winger has notched two goals and one assist in 31 games with Arizona and Chicago this season.
Tikhonov will not play Tuesday against the Jets and is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Sarah McLellan of The Arizona Republic reports. It's unclear when Tikhonov suffered the injury, but Christian Thomas now seems to be in line for unexpected playing time Tuesday. The next opportunity for Tikhonov to return will be against the Kings on Feb. 2.
Tikhonov will center Arizona's first line Friday against Minnesota. Tikhonov was drafted as a center in 2008 by the Coyotes, but he has played wing exclusively this season. Friday will be Tikhonov's second game since his return to the Coyotes organization, and he will have a great opportunity to get on the score sheet for the first time this season while centering Max Domi and Mikkel Boedker on the top line.
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