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Sabres' Erik Johnson: Not playing Friday
Coach Don Granato said that Johnson (illness) will not be in the lineup Friday in Columbus.
Johnson will likely be replaced by Ryan Johnson on the third pairing, as Owen Power is still sidelined with a hand injury. Look for The Sabres have had a bug going through the team with Victor Olofsson and Eric Comrie also feeling the effects of the illness. Johnson has three goals in 48 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Erik Johnson: Game-time decision Friday
Johnson was not at practice Friday due to an illness and will be a game-time call, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Johnson has three goals, 88 hits and 65 blocked shots in 48 games this season. The veteran defenseman is playing his first season with the Sabres after playing the last 13 years with the Avalanche. Should Johnson not be available, look for Ryan Johnson to replace him on the third unit, as Owen Power (hand) is likely to miss his sixth consecutive game.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Erik Johnson: Ready to rock
Johnson (upper body) will be activated from injured reserve ahead of his return to the lineup Tuesday against Dallas, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Johnson, who will return from a four-game absence, is projected to replace Jacob Bryson in the lineup. The 35-year-old Johnson has three goals, 37 shots on net, 57 blocked shots and 57 hits across 41 outings this campaign.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Erik Johnson: Unavailable for Saturday
Johnson (upper body) won't play Saturday against San Jose but should be available after the All-Star break, coach Don Granato told Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News on Friday.
Johnson has three points (all goals), 24 PIM, 57 hits and 57 blocks in 41 contests this season. When he's healthy, Johnson will likely serve on the third pairing, though he might occasionally also be a healthy scratch.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Erik Johnson: Out next two games
Johnson (upper body), who's been placed on injured reserve, won't play Tuesday against Anaheim or Wednesday versus LA, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Although Johnson will miss the next two contests, he'll be eligible return for the Sabres' final game before the All-Star break Saturday against San Jose. Either way, he's picked up only three points through 41 contests this season, so fantasy managers shouldn't need to track his availability.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Erik Johnson: Traveling with team
Johnson (upper body) will join the team on its three-game California road trip, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports Monday.
Johnson has managed just one point in his last 23 appearances, so few fantasy players will be awaiting his return to the lineup. Even once given the all-clear, Johnson could periodically find himself watching from the sidelines as a healthy scratch in favor of Ryan Johnson.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Erik Johnson: Not playing Saturday
Johnson (upper body) won't play Saturday against Tampa Bay, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Johnson will miss Saturday's contest after suffering the injury in Thursday's win over Chicago. The 35-year-old Johnson has three goals while averaging just 14:11 of ice time through 41 games in his first season with the Sabres. Mattias Samuelsson (upper body) and Henri Jokiharju (undisclosed) are both expected to play against Tampa Bay, which will help to round out Buffalo's blue line.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Erik Johnson: Leaves game Thursday
Johnson (undisclosed) left Thursday's game versus Chicago early in the third period and did not return, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Johnson was not at practice Friday and should be regarded as questionable for Saturday's tilt versus Tampa Bay. He has three assists, 57 hits and 57 blocked shots in 41 contests this season. If Johnson is unable to play, Mattias Samuelsson (upper body) may return to action after missing two games.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Erik Johnson: Dealing with upper-body issue
Johnson is considered day-to-day due to an upper-body injury suffered against Chicago on Thursday, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Johnson has recorded just one point in his last 23 games, so whether he plays or not against the Lightning on Saturday is unlikely to impact the majority of fantasy players. Even when healthy, the 35-year-old defenseman is far from a lock for the lineup and may have to periodically serve as a healthy scratch in favor of Ryan Johnson.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Erik Johnson: Gets early exit Saturday
Johnson racked up 27 PIM, including a game misconduct, in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Rangers.
Johnson was assessed four penalties for 27 minutes at the 12:48 mark of the second period, as he got into an altercation with New York forward Will Cuylle, then left the penalty box when he wasn't supposed to. The 35-year-old defender had only two PIM in 32 outings this season going into Saturday's contest. Johnson has two goals, 29 shots on net, 44 blocked shots, 40 hits and a plus-3 rating through 33 games this campaign.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Erik Johnson: Scores game-winning goal
Johnson potted the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over Chicago on Sunday.
Johnson's marker midway through the third period broke a 2-2 tie. It was his first game-winning goal since the 2021-22 campaign. A pair of goals account for Johnson's entire point total in 18 outings this season. The 35-year-old defenseman shouldn't be counted on for significant offense considering he finished 2022-23 with eight points (all assists) in 63 appearances.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Erik Johnson: In lineup Friday
Johnson (lower body) is set to play in the Sabres' preseason finale versus the Penguins.
Johnson was banged up in the middle of the week, but the Sabres took a cautious approach. His presence in the preseason finale suggests he'll be fine for a third-pairing role when the Sabres open the regular season Thursday versus the Rangers.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Erik Johnson: Aggravates lower-body injury
Johnson aggravated a lower-body injury and will miss Wednesday's preseason contest versus Columbus as a result, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550.
Johnson wanted to play through the injury, but Sabres coach Don Granato felt it was better to give him the night off. With the 35-year-old defenseman out of the lineup, Henri Jokiharju will dress for Wednesday's exhibition game instead.... See More ... See Less
Sabres' Erik Johnson: Signs with Buffalo
Johnson signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Sabres on Saturday.
Johnson chipped in eight assists, 98 shots on goal, 102 blocked shots and 121 hits in 63 games with Colorado last season. He will add a veteran presence to Buffalo's blue line in what is likely to be a third-pairing role.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Provides game-winning goal
Johnson contributed a goal in a 4-1 victory over Seattle in Game 6 on Friday.
Johnson was held without a point over his previous eight contests, and he didn't score a goal at all in 63 regular-season appearances. He found the back of the net midway through the second period to put Colorado up 2-1, and that tally stood as the game-winner. The 35-year-old Johnson typically doesn't do much offensively, but the defenseman has recorded 29 hits and 14 blocks through six playoff appearances this year.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Back in action Friday
Johnson (ankle) will return to the lineup Friday versus Arizona, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
Johnson last played Feb. 11, a span of 19 games. He is no longer an offensive threat, as he has only seven assists in 51 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Nearing return to action
Johnson (ankle) is expected to be a practice regular moving forward, Brennan Vogt of Full Press Hockey reports Tuesday.
Johnson's initial injury recovery timeline was put at 8-10 weeks and it's been less than six at this point. As such, it's still not immediately clear when he might be ready to actually suit up for the club. Even once cleared to play, the defenseman may have to serve as a healthy scratch periodically given the crowded blue line following the re-acquisition of Jack Johnson at the deadline.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Recovery ahead of schedule
Johnson's (ankle) is ahead of schedule in his recovery, per Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now.
Johnson, who hasn't played since Feb. 11, was originally projected to miss 8-to-10 weeks. He's already resumed skating though, and the Avalanche are hoping for good news when he undergoes X-rays on his broken ankle. Johnson has seven assists, 96 hits and 78 blocks in 51 games this season. The 34-year-old will likely serve on the third pairing when he's healthy.... See More ... See Less
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