After missing 10 games with separated shoulder, Jeff Carter rejoins Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After missing 10 games with a separated shoulder, Jeff Carter has been activated by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

At the same time, the Blue Jackets placed defenceman Nikita Nikitin on injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 21, with a knee injury.

Carter was hurt at Anaheim on Jan. 8. A big off-season trade acquisition from Philadelphia, he has 10 goals and seven assists in 30 games. Despite also missing 10 games with a broken foot, he leads the club in power play goals (five), while ranking second in goals. In 491 career NHL games, he has 191 goals and 169 assists.

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Nikitin, acquired in a trade earlier this season with St. Louis, suffered a knee injury at Detroit on Jan. 21 and is listed as week-to-week.