Kulikov Out 6-8 Weeks

Standard Spin: There are no doubt many poolies beating their heads into brick walls right now, as Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov was surely the secret weapon of many an owner.  Kulikov is in the midst of a quiet breakout season, and losing him for the next 6-8 weeks following knee surgery is a bigger blow than most will realize.  Kulikov's 24 points have him in the top 20 in scoring by defensemen, and his 83 hits, 80 shots, and 10 PP points are also a hidden boon.

It's worth noting that the Panthers are without Ed Jovanovski right now as well, so their defensive rotation is hurting mightily at this point, and that could have a negative effect on the fantasy value of the whole team.  (Jan.24)