• Allows six goals in loss

    News: Chad Johnson stopped 36 of 42 shots in a 6-1 loss to Minnesota on Thursday.
    Analysis: The game wasn't even close, with the Sabres attempting a paltry 11 shots on net. The Wild did dress a veteran-heavy lineup, however, and took a 2-0 lead within the first 10 minutes of the game and never looked back. Chad Johnson has looked rather pedestrian during the preseason and is no threat to take the No. 1 job away from Robin Lehner.
  • Johnson To Serve As Sabres' Backup Next Season

    News: The Sabres are looking for a No. 1 goaltender and expect Chad Johnson to serve as the primary backup next season, reports The Buffalo News.
    Analysis: Chad Johnson was acquired from the Islanders late in the season but never suited up for the Sabres, injuring his ankle before he was able to make his scheduled start. The 29-year-old has been a backup his entire career and brings some experience into the crease, even though he appeared in just 19 games this past season. The Sabres aren't expected to be a playoff contender next season as they continue to develop their prospects, which means Johnson has little fantasy value and only worth owning for spot starts against weak teams.
  • Sabres' Johnson Ruled Out For Season

    News: Chad Johnson (ankle) will not play in either of the Sabres' final two games of the regular season, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
    Analysis: Chad Johnson made a spirited effort to try and come back from a lower-body injury suffered in a March 6 practice, but his season will end without him having played a single game for the Sabres, who acquired him prior to the trade deadline. The 28-year-old will be under contract through the end of the 2015-16 campaign, so he could be in contention to see regular duty for Buffalo next season, though it will obviously hinge on what acquisitions the team makes during the offseason.
  • Sabres' Johnson Resumes Practice

    News: Chad Johnson (ankle) returned to practice Thursday after missing the previous day's skate.
    Analysis: The Sabres play Columbus on Friday and Pittsburgh on Saturday, and head coach Ted Nolan has yet to confirm who will tend the nets. Anders Lindback, who has started the majority of the games, will get at least one more start, which means Nolan will have to decide between Chad Johnson on Matt Hackett for the other game.
  • Sabres' Johnson Absent From Practice

    News: Chad Johnson (ankle) didn't take part in Wednesday's morning skate, reports John Vogl of The Buffalo News.
    Analysis: Chad Johnson has been sidelined with an ankle injury since March 6, which he suffered during a morning skate. The injury was believed to be relatively serious, and now with Matt Hackett returning from a sore knee, there's a chance the Sabres may opt to play it safe and shut Johnson down for the rest of the season. Johnson has one year remaining on his contract and barring any setbacks or changes should return to Buffalo next season and fight for the No. 1 job.
  • Sabres' Johnson Continues On-Ice Workouts

    News: Chad Johnson, who hasn't played since March 6 with an ankle injury, continues to work out on the ice prior to practice.
    Analysis: The Sabres will continue to roll with Anders Lindback and Andrey Makarov, and will start Lindback against Carolina on Monday. There's no hurry for Chad Johnson to return, who was acquired from the Islanders for Michal Neuvirth.
  • Sabres' Johnson Gets Back On Ice

    News: Chad Johnson (lower body) was on the ice for a brief workout Friday.
    Analysis: The Sabres initially feared Chad Johnson would be lost for the season after he suffered the lower-body injury during practice March 6, just four days after he was acquired from the Islanders. While the on-ice workout represented a positive step for the goalie, with only two weeks remaining in the season it's still up in the air if he'll be able to see competitive action in 2014-15. In a best-case scenario, Johnson probably shouldn't be expected to receive much more than one or two starts for the Sabres the rest of the way.
  • Sabres' Johnson Suffers Lower-Body Injury

    News: Chad Johnson, who was previously scheduled to start Friday's game against Ottawa, is now doubtful because of a lower-body injury suffered during morning skate, John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.
    Analysis: The Sabres are playing the first game of a back-to-back, and the team called up Andrey Makarov from AHL Rochester. Either Makarov or Anders Lindback figures to start Friday's game, with the other likely getting the start Saturday against Washington.
  • Sabres' Johnson (Lower Body) Out For A While

    News: Coach Ted Nolan indicated Friday that Chad Johnson (lower body) will miss an extended period of time.
    Analysis: Chad Johnson suffered the injury at morning skate Friday, and it appears to be a relatively serious one. In fact, coach Ted Nolan suggested he may be done for the season. The Sabres will likely turn mostly to Anders Lindback while Johnson is out, with a mix of Andrey Makarov in net as well.
  • Sabres' Johnson Out Friday

    News: Chad Johnson (lower body) will not play in Friday's game against the Senators, Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun reports.
    Analysis: Chad Johnson will sit out Friday night after suffering an injury during the Sabres' morning skate, and Anders Lindback will get the start in his place. It remains to be seen if Johnson will miss any additional action beyond Friday's contest.