Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice announced another bad news ahead of tonight's matchup against the Anaheim Ducks, as reported on Twitter by hockey insider Mitchell Clinton. Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov will be out of the lineup, as he is dealing with an upper-body injury. Defenseman Ben Chiarot will take his place on the left side with Tyler Myers. Defenseman Tobias Enstrom will be in the lineup as well, after he did not practice with the team yesterday.
Kulikov, 27, played 47 games with the Jets so far this season, scoring two goals and eight assists for total of ten points. He also added 16 penalty minutes and registered a defensive differential of plus five. Drafted 14th overall by the Florida Panthers in 2009, the Russian defenseman played 554 games in the NHL with the Panthers, the Buffalo Sabres and the Jets, scoring 32 goals and 121 assists for a total of 153 points and 342 penalty minutes. Kulikov also played 13 playoff games, registering five points.
Chiarot, 26, was drafted 120th by the Atlanta Trashers in 2009. He played 24 games with the Jets this season, registering four assists and 20 penalty minutes. In 194 games played in the NHL so far, the Hamilton, Ontario native scored five goals and 29 assists for a total of 34 points. He also added 118 penalty minutes.
The Jets are currently first in the Central division with a record of 29-13-7. They are currently on a three-game winning streak. Kulikov joins an already full injury list in Winnipeg, as they are also dealing with injuries to goaltender Steve Mason (concussion), and forward Shawn Matthias (upper-body injury), Adam Lowry (upper-body injury) and Mark Scheifele (upper-body injury). They still managed to win seven of their last ten games.