Atkinson managed just 12 goals and 14 assists in 44 games before the suspension of play in mid-March.
The Connecticut native missed two large chunks of games (12 and 14) due to injury, but the lack of goal scoring is still bothersome after last year's 41-tally explosion. We're inclined to give Atkinson a bit of an injury-based pass considering his previous six seasons featured 21, 22, 27, 35, 24 and (the aforementioned) 41 goals, but owners will be clamoring for a return to his lamp-lighting ways once he's fully healthy.
Atkinson (ankle) expects to return to the lineup for Thursday's game against Pittsburgh, Alison Lukan of The Athletic reports.
Atkinson skated with Riley Nash and Eric Robinson on the Blue Jackets' third line during Wednesday's morning skate, so that's likely where he'll slot in against the Penguins. The 30-year-old winger has had an underwhelming year from an offensive standpoint, having totaled just 12 goals and 26 points in 44 games after racking up 41 goals and 69 points in 80 contests a season ago, so Columbus will hope that he'll be able to pick it up down the stretch and help propel his team into the playoffs.
Atkinson (ankle) isn't traveling with the team but could join them at some point on the road trip, which ends Sunday in Vancouver, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Atkinson has missed 11 games with a high-ankle sprain, and although he won't be with the team for Wednesday's game versus the Flames, he could fly out for the back-to-back series Saturday and Sunday. The Blue Jackets have a ton of firepower on the mend, so Atkinson and his 26 points through 44 games would be a welcome addition as they make a playoff push.
The Blue Jackets placed Atkinson (ankle) on injured reserve Sunday.
The 30-year-old was already expected to miss 2-3 weeks with the ankle issue, so this move was to create a roster spot for recent call-up Kole Sherwood. Atkinson has struggled prior to getting hurt, as he's currently riding a seven-game pointless streak. As long as he's sidelined, Oliver Bjorkstrand looks like the main beneficiary to ascend to a top-six role.
Atkinson is set to miss 2-3 weeks due to a sprained ankle.
Atkinson previously was sidelined for 12 games this season due to an ankle issue and will now miss a similar stretch of time. Prior to getting hurt, the winger was bogged down in a seven-game pointless streak dating back to Jan. 18 versus the Devils. With Atkinson on the shelf, Emil Bemstrom and Oliver Bjorkstrand should both get opportunities to log significant minutes in top-six roles.
Atkinson (undisclosed) won't play in Monday's game versus the Lightning.
It's unclear why Atkinson is out of the lineup, and the Blue Jackets recalled Liam Foudy from the OHL to fill in. The injuries have stacked up for the Blue Jackets this year, and Atkinson is a big loss, as he's posted 26 points through 44 games. The 30-year-old will aim to return Thursday versus the Sabres.
Atkinson had two goals and an assist in Saturday's 5-0 victory over New Jersey.
Atkinson already has three goals and two assists in two games since returning from the IR after missing 12 games with an ankle sprain. Remarkably, he has seven goals in the past eight games he's played. Get him back in your lineup as soon as you can. Atkinson is hot.
Atkinson (ankle) was activated off injured reserve Wednesday.
Atkinson appears set to make his return to the lineup against the Hurricanes on Thursday following a 12-game stint on injured reserve. Prior to suffering his ankle injury, Atkinson notched fie goals and two helpers in nine contests. The winger should retake a top-six role now that he is fully fit, in addition to returning to the power play where he is averaging 2:19 of ice time and notched eight points.
Atkinson (ankle) will not suit up for Saturday's tilt in Vegas, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Atkinson will miss his 11th game with his ankle injury but it appears that his return is near. The 30-year-old winger has 21 points this season and should slot back into a top-six role upon his return.
Atkinson (ankle) remains on the shelf heading into Thursday's matchup with San Jose, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Atkinson will be sidelined for a 10th straight game due to his ankle injury. With his lengthy stint on injured reserve, the winger will be hard pressed to get back over the 40-point mark for a seventh consecutive year. Nathan Gerbe, Jakob Lilja and Emil Bemstrom all figure to continue getting looks with Columbus given the club's lengthy injury list.
Atkinson (ankle) wasn't activated from IR and won't play in Tuesday's game versus the Ducks, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Atkinson was originally expected to draw back into the lineup, but he'll now set his sights on returning for Thursday's clash against the Sharks. Eric Robinson will stay in the lineup for the time being.
Atkinson (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against Anaheim, NHL.com's Dan Arritt reports.
Although he was ultimately unable to go, Atkinson was considered a game-time decision for Monday's matchup with L.A., which was the first sign that he might be an option against the Ducks. The 30-year-old winger, who's picked up nine goals and 21 points in 35 games this campaign, is expected to skate with Emil Bemstrom and Alexander Wennberg on Columbus' third line Tuesday.
Atkinson (ankle) will not suit up for Monday's contest in Los Angeles, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
Atkinson was a game-time decision for Monday's contest but will now miss his eighth straight game. The 5-foot-8 winger has nine goals and 21 points in 35 contests this season. There's a chance he could make his return for Tuesday's game in Anaheim.
Atkinson (ankle) said he's "50-50" to return for Monday's road game versus the Kings, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
The 30-year-old winger worked on the team's No. 1 power-play unit during practice, reinforcing the possibility he could return. Atkinson hasn't played since Dec. 19, when he was injured against the Kings, but even if he has to watch this game from the press box, he should return at some point this week.
Atkinson (ankle) won't be available for Thursday's game against the Bruins, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Atkinson's presence on the trip is a victory in itself, but it apparently wasn't a sign he's ready to rejoin the lineup at this point. He's clear to return from injured reserve when healthy, so look for his activation to signal the veteran winger's return to action.
Atkinson (ankle) will travel to Boston for Thursday's game against the Bruins, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
If Atkinson suits up against the Bruins, he'd be ahead of his initial 2-to-3 week timeline. However, Portzline relayed that Atkinson has been "skating hard" with the team over the past two days, and with the assortment of injuries to the Blue Jackets' forward corps, Atkinson's return to the lineup would be a major boost.
Atkinson is expected to be sidelined for 2-3 weeks with a sprained ankle, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
The Blue Jackets recalled Jacob Lilja from the minors in a corresponding move, so he'll likely have a regular spot in the lineup until Atkinson is ready to return. The 30-year-old winger will be placed on injured reserve for the duration of his recovery.
Atkinson (lower body) will be sidelined through the Christmas break, which rules him out versus the Devils and Islanders on Saturday and Monday, respectively, Blue Jackets team reporter Jeff Svoboda reports.
It's yet another blow for a Blue Jackets squad that already has six players on injured reserve. Atkinson has been rolling of late, having notched four goals and one assist in his last six outings. Nathan Gerbe, Ryan MacInnis and Justin Scott could all be in line for promotions from AHL Cleveland considering the Jackets currently have just 10 healthy forwards.
Atkinson won't return to Thursday's game against the Kings due to a lower-body injury.
Atkinson was bumped while skating through the neutral zone and caught an edge, forcing his ankle to bend. Expect the team to comment on his status leading up to Saturday's game against the Devils, but in the meantime, the Blue Jackets will roll with 11 forwards for the remainder of Thursday's game.
Atkinson scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Red Wings.
He potted the Jackets' first goal midway through the first period by redirecting a Pierre-Luc Dubois shot past Jonathan Bernier, then set up Kevin Stenlund for his first NHL tally in the second. Atkinson seems to be waking up offensively, scoring five goals and seven points over the last eight games, but on the year he still only has nine goals and 21 points through 34 contests.
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