COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets
have activated center Manny Malhotra
off Injured Reserve, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Malhotra, who has been sidelined since December 19 and missed the past six games, is available to return to the lineup tonight when the Jackets visit the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks
Malhotra, 27, has appeared in 26 games for the Blue Jackets this season and has recorded five goals and six assists for 11 points with 14 penalty minutes. His 60.0 percent face-off win percentage is tops in the National Hockey League. In 514 career games with the New York Rangers
, Dallas Stars
and Blue Jackets, he has registered 59-85-144 with 296 penalty minutes.