Johnson faced just 17 shots but made only 14 saves in Thursday's 3-1 loss to Nashville. It's the second straight poor start for Johnson, who'd allowed four goals in his last start. Even though he held the team together when Brian Elliott was going through a rough stretch, Johnson is clearly the No. 2 now, so he's unlikely to see a lot of run in the remaining games unless the Flames get comfortable enough in the standings to give Elliott some rest. Johnson has been pressed into action a bit more often that anyone expected, just like last year in Buffalo, and he sports a mediocre .912 save percentage along with 18 wins in 34 appearances. He plays far too infrequently now to have any value to fantasy owners, and his recent stretch of poor play doesn't help.
Johnson will guard the cage in Thursday's road game against the Predators, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Johnson has only made one start in goal in the month of March, and he wasn't particularly sharp in that outing, surrendering four goals on 31 shots en route to a 5-2 loss to the Bruins on March 15. The 30-year-old netminder will look to get back on track and pick up his 19th victory of the campaign in a tough road matchup with a Predators team that's averaging 3.22 goals per game at home this season, fifth in the NHL.
Johnson saved 27 of 31 shots during Wednesday's loss to Boston. With Brian Elliott's strong recent form (13-1-1 with a .934 save percentage and 1.93 GAA), Johnson has been limited to just four starts (2-2, .904, and 3.24) since the beginning of February. The No. 1 is currently nursing an illness, so Johnson could see another start Friday against Dallas. However, Calgary doesn't have another back-to-back set all season, so assuming Elliott is ready to go, Johnson might not see many starts from here on out.
Johnson will get a rare start against the Bruins on Wednesday. Johnson will be making just his second appearance in the Flames' last 13 outings, as No. 1 netminder Brian Elliott is dealing with an illness. On the back of a strong end to 2016, it seemed as though Johnson had taken over the starting role, but some late-January struggles saw Elliott retake the job he was brought in for. The Bruins have gone 7-3-0 in their last 10, including a current three-game winning streak, so they could be a tough out for Johnson even though the Flames have been quite hot as well.
Johnson saved 36 of 38 shots during Friday's win over Florida. Johnson has only started four of the past 13 games dating back to mid-January, and he's gone 2-2 with a .886 save percentage and 3.47 GAA during that run. It appears that Johnson is clearly behind Brian Elliott on the depth chart, and considering Johnson's game-to-game inconsistency, the backup is likely best reserved to streaming status in most seasonal leagues. Additionally, he's also worth a look as a low-priced flier in daily contests if you can stomach his high-risk, high-reward recent form.
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