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Blue Jackets activate Nash after superstar missed five games with back injury

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Blue Jackets star Rick Nash was expected to return to Columbus' lineup Thursday night in Nashville after missing five games because of a back injury.

The left wing, activated from injured reserve, has 13 goals and 17 assists in 39 games this season. He was the only Columbus player selected to the Western Conference team for the NHL all-star game.

Nash, 22, was limited to 54 games last season while battling knee and ankle injuries.

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