Atkinson was credited with the Blue Jackets' only goal Monday during a 2-1 loss to the Lightning in Game 4 of their first-round series.
It's not exactly accurate to say he scored it -- Pierre-Luc Dubois snapped a shot from the high slot that caught Andrei Vasilevskiy in the chest, and the rebound caromed off the leg of an off-balance Atkinson and into the net as he skated by. After missing the last two games, though, the 31-year-old was a welcome presence in the Jackets lineup even as they came up short. Atkinson has three goals and six points through seven postseason contests, and he'll try to help the club avoid elimination in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Atkinson (undisclosed) will return to the lineup versus the Lightning for Monday's Game 4, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
Atkinson should jump back into a second-line role with Nick Foligno and Booner Jenner. Prior to getting hurt, the 30-year-old Atkinson notched five points in six postseason clashes while averaging 3:06 of ice time with the man advantage. Despite all the time on the power play, Atkinson still hasn't converted outside of even strength.
Atkinson (undisclosed) won't play in Saturday's Game 3 versus the Lightning.
Atkinson will miss a second straight game, so rookie Liam Foudy is expected to stay in the top six. It's still unclear what Atkinson is dealing with, but his next chance to suit up will be Monday's Game 4. Atkinson had five points in six games before the injury.
Atkinson (undisclosed) won't play in Thursday's Game 2 against the Lightning.
Atkinson was driven into the net hard by Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman during the fifth overtime of Tuesday's Game 1 loss, and although he didn't appear to suffer an injury during that play, his absence from Game 2 is more than likely a result of that collision. The 31-year-old winger will be reevaluated ahead of Saturday's Game 3. In the meantime, Nick Foligno will likely get bumped up into a top-six role.
Atkinson netted a goal on five shots in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs in Game 4.
Atkinson stayed hot in the series with his second tally in four games. He's added three assists, a plus-4 rating and 13 shots versus the Maple Leafs. Atkinson will be counted on to make an impact in Sunday's series-deciding Game 5.
Atkinson supplied two assists and five shots on goal in Thursday's 4-3 overtime win over the Maple Leafs in Game 3.
Atkinson had a helper on the first two of Pierre-Luc Dubois' three tallies in the contest. The two-assist effort gives Atkinson four points, eight shots and a plus-4 rating through three games in the series. The winger was limited to 26 points in 44 regular-season contests, as he missed 26 games due to injuries.
Atkinson recorded a goal, an assist and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Maple Leafs in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Atkinson broke a scoreless tie with his tally at 1:05 of the third period, and that would stand as the game-winning goal. He added a helper on Alexander Wennberg's empty-net marker. Atkinson had a down year with 12 goals and 26 points in an injury-riddled 44 games, all of which were his lowest totals since 2013. Now fully healthy and serving in a top-line role, Atkinson could make a big impact during the playoffs.
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.
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