Cam Atkinson (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night after being activated by Columbus Wednesday.
He has been out of action since Jan. 23 because of a sprain to the upper part of his left ankle. Atkinson hoped to return last week, but his injured ankle proved to be troublesome to get over. "One day I felt great, and then the next day I'd put pressure on it and it would give out," he said. "It's so frustrating. But it's definitely past the point where if I hurt it it's definitely not going to set me back like it would have." He has one goal on 10 shots in three games this season.