Kulikov (upper body) returned to action Saturday and picked up a goal and an assist in a 5-2 victory over Toronto. And just like that, Kulikov doubled his point output for the season; he did it in 40 games. Nice game, but we just can't recommend him with production like that.
Kulikov (upper body) will rejoin the lineup Saturday against the visiting Maple Leafs. Including Kuli, the Sabres are expected to welcome back four players that had been dealing with ailments. Of course, the Russian has been a major liability for Buffalo and fantasy owners alike, adding only two points with an unsightly minus-17 rating through 39 contests this season. You can safely pass over him in virtually any format.
Kulikov (upper body) returned to practice Thursday and should be available Saturday against the Maple Leafs, barring any setbacks. With two points and a minus-17 rating through 39 games this season, Kulikov -- who last suited up on March 4 -- hasn't been a fantasy factor, but his pending return does bolster the Sabres' blue line depth as the team's stretch run approaches. His return comes at a good time as the Sabres will be without the services of Rasmus Ristolainen (suspension).
Kulikov (upper body) is not in the lineup for Friday night's showdown in Columbus. Kulikov will miss his third straight and the team has yet to establish a timeline for his return. Considering the Russian blueliner has one point and a minus-7 rating in his last 19 games, his absence isn't likely to affect most fantasy owners.
Kulikov (upper body) will miss Tuesday's contest against Philadelphia, Bill Hoppe of the Buffalo Times Herald reports. The defenseman got injured in Saturday's game and wasn't able to go in Sunday's matchup with Pittsburgh either, making this two-straight missed. He won't be missed much offensively, with only two points in 39 games, but hit 21:31 will be split among the Sabres' other blue liners with Justin Falk taking over the majority of that time. Kulikov will have a chance to return again on Friday.
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