Johnson's absence was the result of a positive COVID-19 test, Rick Sadowski of NHL.com reports.

Johnson is expected to be back around the team Saturday, which means he will be out of action for the first two games of the year. With the veteran blueliner unavailable, Conor Timmins is slated to jump into the lineup versus St. Louis. At this point in his career, Johnson isn't exactly an offensive powerhouse, so he's unlikely to offer much more than fringe fantasy value this season.

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