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Kulikov (illness) will return the the lineup Sunday against the Oilers, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.

Kulikov didn't play Friday due to the flu, and didn't practice Saturday either. It appears he is feeling healthy enough to return Sunday, and he will look to add to his point total (12) while trying to keep the Oilers off the scoreboard.

Dmitry Kulikov D FLA 18 Days

Kulikov (illness) didn't participate in Saturday's practice, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

A case of the flu prevented Kulikov from suiting up for Friday's game against the Flames and looks to be at missing the Panthers' contest Sunday in Edmonton. Coach Gerard Gallant said the team hasn't ruled Kulikov out for the game, but he'll probably need to participate in the team's morning skate to have any shot at suiting up.

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Kulikov (illness) will not play Friday against the Flames, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.

Kulikov reportedly has the flu, and will not be able to suit up Friday against Calgary. Erik Gudbranson will enter the lineup as the Panthers' six defender in Kulikov's absence.

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Kulikov scored his first goal of the season and added an assist in Sunday's win over Toronto.

Kulikov now has 11 points in 29 games, to go with a minus-4 rating. Averaging 22:27 of ice time on Florida's second defensive pairing, Kulikov could hit the 30-point mark in his sixth NHL season. While he's a decent option in deeper formats, the 24-year-old has been too inconsistent this season to be depended on in shallower leagues. After scoring eight times in 2013-14, Kulikov has managed just one goal this time around. He's still worth a look in some deep leagues, as the Panthers are rolling, having won four of their past five games.

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Kulikov notched his fifth assist in as many games during Monday's 4-1 loss against the Wild.

Kulikov's assist came after his slapshot was tipped in by Shawn Thornton in the second period. He also contributed three shots on goal and was a plus-1 rating, being the only plus player for Florida. Kulikov has seemed to find his offensive game of late, compiling five assists --one on the power-play-- in his last five games.

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Kulikov assisted on the first goal of the contest in Thursday's shootout win against the Sharks.

After missing four games due to injury, Kulikov returned to the lineup in a big way for the Panthers. His first shot on goal was tipped in by Nick Bjugstad to give him his fifth assist on the season. He also had two penalty minutes with three shots on goal and a team high five blocked shots. Florida did not ease him into the lineup because he ended up playing 23:42 of ice time which was only behind Brian Campbell. He also played 3:48 minutes on the second unit power play. Only concern is that Aaron Ekblad has taken his usual spot on the first power play unit since he was out with the knee injury. Unless Ekblad has a bit of a slump, don't expect Kulikov to see top unit minutes any time soon.

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Kulikov (knee) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Sharks, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Kulikov missed the previous four games with the injury, but resumed practicing Monday and should be prepared to play his usual 20-plus minutes versus San Jose. The Panthers will scratch Colby Robak to make room for Kulikov's return.

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Kulikov (knee) will not return to action Tuesday against the Kings, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Kulikov appears close to a return after participating fully in Monday's session, but coach Gerard Gallant might want to see him log a little more practice time before giving him the green light to play. Colby Robak will occupy Kulikov's spot in the lineup Tuesday for the fourth straight contest.

Dmitry Kulikov D FLA 2 Months

Kulikov (knee) practiced with the team Monday afternoon, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

It looked like there was a good chance Kulikov would make it back in the lineup over the weekend, but he ended up sitting out. He participated fully at Monday's practice, though, so expect him to suit up for Tuesday's game against the Kings unless we hear otherwise.

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Kulikov (knee) will resume skating Friday, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.

Kulikov still appears to be on track to return to action Sunday against the Ducks, as the Panthers only projected a two-game absence for the blueliner. Colby Robak took his spot in the lineup Tuesday and will presumably be called upon to fill in for Kulikov again in Friday's game against the Islanders before returning to his usual duties as the team's seventh defenseman.