Blue Jackets Activate Richardson and Malhotra
Malhotra has missed the past 22 games due to a shoulder injury suffered December 8 against the New York Islanders. He has appeared in 25 games this season, recording 2-13-15 with 27 penalty minutes. Prior to the injury, Malhotra had recorded 2-7-9 with a +2 plus/minus rating over his last 11 games played. A first round pick by the New York Rangers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Malhotra has recorded 37-55-92 with 192 penalty minutes in 371 career NHL games, including 14-26-40 in 81 career games with Columbus.
Richardson has missed the past 16 games after suffering a fractured jaw in the December 21 game against Dallas. In 33 games this season he has recorded 1-4-5 with 24 penalty minutes. An 18-year NHL veteran, he has skated in 1,280 career NHL games, posting 33-151-184 with 1,949 penalty minutes.
Tonight's game between the Blue Jackets and Canucks is slated to begin at 7 p.m., with FSN Ohio's Ice Breaker pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 the Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.