Jackets activate Nikitin, put Boll on IR

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Nikita Nikitin off injured reserve after he missed 12 games with a left knee injury. They also placed right wing Jared Boll on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 9, after missing the last four games with a right foot injury.

Nikitin was hurt at Detroit on Feb. 21. He has two goals and 16 assists to go along with 10 penalty minutes in 38 games this season with Columbus and St. Louis. He was acquired from the Blues in exchange for defenseman Kris Russell on Nov. 11.

He is third among club defensemen in assists and points (18).

Boll has one goal, one assist and 91 penalty minutes in 40 games this season.