Atkinson scored a goal on eight shots in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Islanders.
He's now scored a point in four straight games since returning to the ice from a foot injury, picking up two goals and two assists with a plus-2 rating and 20 shots over that stretch. Injuries and an extended slump marred Atkinson's first half, but last year's 35-goal scorer seems intent on making up for lost time over the second half of the schedule.
Atkinson (foot) returned to action Thursday, scoring the game-winning goal in 19:09 of ice time against Arizona.
Atkinson had missed the previous 11 games after he was injured during a shootout win against the Flyers on Dec. 23. The winger took a pass from Alexander Wennberg at the right side of the net and redirected it past Antti Raanta to give the Blue Jackets the lead late in regulation. The 28-year-old only has seven goals and 14 points through 33 games, but he was a 35-goal scorer last season and currently plays on the power play. Now that he's back to full health, consider scooping him up if he's available.
Atkinson (foot) will rejoin the action Thursday against the Coyotes.
Atkinson has missed 11 straight games dating back to Dec. 27 because of a foot fracture, but it appears that streak of absences will come to an end Thursday evening. He's posted a fairly disappointing 2017-18 campaign when healthy, notching just 13 points (six goals, seven assists) over 32 games this season after totaling 62 over 82 games last year. Atkinson will attempt to get on the right path in his return Thursday and should once again slot into the team's top six.
Atkinson will miss the next four-to-six weeks with a fractured right foot, Brian Hedger of BlueJackets.com reports.
Atkinson's fractured foot will require surgery later this week after the injury was originally sustained during the first period of Saturday's game against the Flyers. In his absence, Matt Calvert and Markus Hannikainen seem to be in line for unexpected playing time.