Kulikov logged a mere 12:51 of ice time against the Avalanche on Tuesday. Kulikov's decrease in ice time -- his lowest of the season -- directly correlates to the return of Dustin Byfuglien. If his opportunities don't increase, the 26-year-old could see his 10-game goal drought drag on for a while.
Kulikov garnered a helper in Monday's 7-3 blowout of the Wild. Since returning from a brief two-game absence due to injury, Kulikov has notched four assists, 14 hits and 20 blocked shots in 17 contests. The defenseman -- who signed a three-year deal with the Jets in the offseason -- appears to have settled into his role in Winnipeg after being miscast and underutilized in Buffalo last year. Getting back to being a 20-point player he was with the Panthers is certainly not outside the realm of possibility for the 2009 first-round pick.
Kulikov (lower body) is in the lineup for Thursday's clash with the Penguins. Kulikov has enjoyed a solid start to the 2017-18 campaign, notching one goal and two assists in five games, but he only totaled five points in 47 games with the Sabres last season, so his current level of production likely isn't sustainable. He'll skate in a third-pairing role Thursday against Pittsburgh.
Kulikov (lower body) might be eligible to return against the Penguins on Thursday, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports. Kulikov has been practicing with the team and is projected to return to the lineup; however, the team had just an optional skate prior to its clash with Pittsburgh, which means fantasy owners will have to wait until pre-game warmups for confirmation of the blueliner's status.
Kulikov (lower body) is considered week-to-week after suffering a lower-body injury, Paul Friesen of Winnipeg Sun reports. Kulikov has notched a trio of points in his last three outings, providing some additional blue-line scoring outside of Dustin Byfuglien, who just returned from a two-game absence of his own. The 26-year-old Kulikov will likely be replaced by Tucker Poolman on the Jets' third pairing for the duration of his absence.
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