Panthers injury bits: Barkov may return soon, MRI coming for Kulikov


The Florida Panthers absorbed a good news – bad news injury situation on Sunday, though some might say that it’s a pretty bright update overall.

The good: Key forward Aleksander Barkov is expected to be back in the Panthers’ lineup, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald.

As you can see from that tweet, it looks like Barkov will return to his center spot between Jonathan Huberdeau and Jaromir Jagr, reuniting a trio that showed some impressive chemistry before both Barkov and Jagr dealt with issues of varying severity.

The bad: Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov‘s lower-body injury from Saturday looks like it might linger. He’s undergoing an MRI and is expected to miss about a week, also according to Richards.

That’s no fun, but this could be a solid situation if Kulikov’s issues aren’t that severe. Of course, in situations like these, future updates can turn a sunny situation cloudy.

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