The Columbus Blue Jackets could be without forward Cam Atkinson for upto to weeks after he suffered a reported shoulder injury in Saturday’s 6-2 win over the Boston Bruins.
The club announced Tuesday that Atkinson has been placed on injured reserve.
Columbus has recalled Sean Collins from the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League in Atkinson’s absence.
Collins, who appeared in two games with Columbus earlier this season, has 10 goals and 19 points in 28 AHL games this season.
The 26-year-old was the Blue Jackets’ seventh round pick (187th overall) at the 2008 NHL Draft.
Collins has one assist and six penalty minutes to go along with a minus-2 rating in 13 career games with the Jackets.
Columbus is back in action Wednesday when they play host to the Minnesota Wild.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets placed tough guy Jared Boll on the injured reserve on Tuesday because of a bruised foot, according to Rob Mixer of the team’s Web site. It’s retroactive to Nov. 22 and he’s eligible to return on Nov. 30.
The 27-year-old crossed the 1,000 PIM mark – all with Columbus – thanks to 38 in 21 games this season. Amazingly, it’s his feet that are causing him issues.
Mixer reports that Sean Collins was recalled from the AHL and is expected to play against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.
Sean Collins’ brief stint in the NHL is over. The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that the 24-year-old forward has been returned to AHL Springfield and Jack Skille will fill the vacated roster spot.
Skille was taken by the Chicago Blackhawks with the seventh overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, but he wasn’t able to firmly establish himself with the squad. Eventually Chicago traded him to the Florida Panthers in a deal that also involved Michael Frolik joining the Blackhawks. Skille scored eight goals and 24 points in 99 games over parts of three seasons with Florida.
The 26-year-old forward was a restricted free agent this summer and inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Collins is in his second full campaign as a pro after spending four seasons with Cornell University. He had 11 goals and 31 points in 64 AHL games in 2012-13.
The flu bug is wreaking havoc with tonight’s Montreal-Columbus matchup at the Bell Center.
The Jackets have announced that leading scorer Marian Gaborik will miss tonight’s tilt with the flu, while the Canadiens have listed forward Rene Bourque as a gametime decision with the same illness.
Gaborik, 31, has gotten off to a great start in what (coincidentally?) happens to be a contract year. He’s notched 2G-4A through the first five games of the season, showing good chemistry on the top line with Cam Atkinson and Brandon Dubinsky.
Sean Collins will take Gaborik’s place in the lineup, making his season debut in the process.
Bourque, 31, missed today’s morning skate and was replaced by defenseman Nathan Beaulieu in line rushes. Bourque has 1G-1A in six games this year and would be a significant loss to the Montreal forward group, especially since Max Pacioretty has already been ruled out with a lower-body injury.
You may not be aware, but the rivalry between Cornell and Rensselaer is one of the more angst-filled match-ups in college hockey. The teams don’t like each other, the coaches aren’t enamored with each other, and the fans get under each other’s skin rather easily.
The two teams also combine to produce some dramatic hockey and when they meet up tonight in Troy (7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN), you can expect more of the same as both teams are seeing things go differently in the second half of the year. Three of the last four meetings between these two teams at RPI have ended in one-goal games, all Cornell victories.
Cornell comes in ranked 14th in both the USCHO.com and USA Today polls and are coming off a weekend that saw them swept by their travel partners from Colgate. After starting off the year on fire, the Big Red has cooled off a bit and has shown a nasty tendency to meltdown in the third period.
In three of Cornell’s last five games, they’ve blown leads in the third period. They’ve been fortunate to earn ties in two of those, but after giving up three third period goals to Princeton to get a 3-3 tie and four to Colgate in a 5-3 loss last Saturday, closing strong has been a problem of late.
Cornell coach Mike Schafer won’t stand for that and he’ll ask for more from goalie Andy Iles as well as junior defenseman Nick D’Agostino (Pittsburgh) and senior forward Sean Collins (Columbus). Freshman Brian Ferlin (Boston – pictured) may be the guy to keep the closest eye on as his offensive touch and physical play show why he was a Bruins draft pick in 2011.
For Rensselaer, their second half has been polar opposite of their first. They’re getting great goaltending from junior Bryce Merriam, stellar defensive play from guys like junior Nick Bailen and freshman Curtis Leonard while getting the offensive lift they’ve needed all season long from freshmen forwards Ryan Haggerty, Jacob Laliberte, and Zack Schroeder.
If there’s two guys coach Seth Appert will look to play big for RPI tonight it’ll be defensemen Mike Bergin (Dallas) and Patrick Koudys (Washington – pictured). Being strong defensively against Cornell is a must for the Engineers to have a shot to win.
(Brian Ferlin photo: ECAC Hockey)