Johnson scored a goal and added two helpers as the Lightning doubled up the Penguins on Friday by a score of 6-3. Johnson now has five points in his last four games but only 20 in 38 games this year. Curiously, he only played 12:48 against Pittsburgh, which is nearly five minutes less than his season average, so hopefully he didn't suffer some type of injury. He's been kept out of 13 games this year due to undisclosed and upper-body injuries, so owners may want to pay extra close attention to his status -- just to be safe -- heading into Tampa's next game Monday against Ottawa.
Johnson tallied a power-play assist in Saturday's loss to the Panthers. He has four points, including three assists, in his last six games. Johnson still doesn't seem 100 percent, but at least he's starting to show signs of offensive life. He's nowhere near the value of his draft position, but he should improve his output over the second half.
Johnson has just a single assist in six games since his return from injury. He has just 10 shots in that span. It's not really a surprise -- it will take time for Johnson to get back in sync with his linemates and the overall pace of the game. But the shots are a bit worrisome. He has been held without a shot twice in those six, including in two of this last three. Johnson's coming off an "undisclosed" injury which was more than likely a recurrence of an upper-body suffered earlier in the season. Continue to keep him on the pine until he starts to fire a lot more shots and with more whip. We hope Johnson isn't playing through an injury that can be managed, but will end up being surgical at season's end. We have no evidence of such, but that concern is swirling in the back of our heads.
Johnson returned from injury Monday against Montreal. He skated 17:43 (23 shifts) and fired two shots on net. Johnson hadn't played in almost three weeks, so it'll take a couple games for him to get his timing back. Let's hope he's still feeling fine Tuesday -- Johnson played just one game in late November after returning from an upper-body injury and hit the sidelines right after that. Then he returned for two games in early December before heading to the trainer's bench again. Tough season for the little spark plug.
Johnson (undisclosed) is expected to play in Monday's contest against the Canadiens, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports. Johnson will play on the third forward line for Tampa Bay alongside Alex Killorn and Jonathan Marchessault. This will be Johnson's first appearance in a game since Dec. 10.
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