D-man Ku­likov out at least four weeks

Winnipeg Sun - - SPORTS - — Ken Wiebe

The hits just keep on coming for Dmitry Ku­likov.

In a game where the Winnipeg Jets de­fence­man prob­a­bly played his best pe­riod of the new sea­son, Ku­likov sus­tained an up­per-body in­jury fall­ing to the ice af­ter be­ing on the re­ceiv­ing end of a hit from Colorado Avalanche for­ward Gabriel Bourque late in the first on Fri­day.

Jets head coach Paul Mau­rice said on Satur­day that Ku­likov, who was favour­ing his left arm/wrist when he left the ice late in the first pe­riod, would be on the shelf for at least a month.

“He’s out at least a month, and maybe longer than that,” said Mau­rice. “That would be the first open win­dow. Prob­a­bly the next time I give you and up­date will be four weeks from now.

“Pretty un­for­tu­nate. It’s a lit­tle chal­lenge for him now. He felt that be­fore his in­jury last year, he re­ally liked his game, and it was long-term. This one is tough for him to han­dle.”

Ku­likov, who has suited up in only six games this sea­son, had back surgery in the summer and ap­peared to be round­ing into form be­fore this lat­est set­back.

Mau­rice said the Jets plan to re­call a blue-liner on Sun­day, but gave no in­di­ca­tion whether it would be Tucker Pool­man or Sami Niku that joins the team.

“I only lean, I don’t make the call,” said Mau­rice. “I’m not lean­ing to­ward any­body yet.”

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