Johansen (illness) is on the ice for morning skate ahead of Thursday's game against the Stars, Brooks Bratten of the Predators' official site reports. Johansen was a last-minute scratch for Tuesday's matchup with Minnesota due to an illness, but his presence on the ice for morning skate all but confirms he'll return to the lineup against Dallas. The 27-year-old forward will slot into a top-six role and a spot on one of Nashville's power-play units Thursday.
Johansen is feeling ill and won't suit up in Tuesday's game against Minnesota. The 27-year-old will be sidelined for the first time this season with an undisclosed illness. The rest may have come at a good time for Johansen, as he's only recorded four points in his last 10 games. In his stead, the team recalled Yakov Trenin in a corresponding move, so he or Austin Watson are expected to enter the lineup.
Johansen scored a goal on four shots in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Carolina. He also won nine of 12 faceoffs (75.0 percent). Johansen's goal in the opening minute of the second period was the only offense for the Predators, but it did put an end to a nine-game goal drought for the 27-year-old. Johansen, like many of his teammates, has disappointed offensively in 2019-20 with 12 goals and 33 points in 59 games. That point total is just over half of the 64 he collected in 2018-19.
Johansen failed to crack the scoresheet in Thursday's 5-0 win over the Islanders, giving him just five points in 15 games since the start of January. Johansen has always been a very consistent scorer, hitting the 60-point mark in five of the past six seasons. However, following his second-best career total of 64 points last season, he's currently on pace for just 45 points this year. Overall, the Preds' top line of Johansen, Viktor Arvidsson and Mikael Granlund has not performed well this season, and that's a big reason why the Preds have tumbled down the standings, currently sitting in 10th place in the Western Conference. From a fantasy perspective, you should be looking at more consistent scoring options for your roster until Johansen finds a way to right the ship.
Johansen scored a shorthanded goal and collected an assist to finish Wednesday's 5-4 win over Washington with two points. Johansen scored an unassisted, shorthanded goal three minutes into the third period, and then assisted on Yannick Weber's first of the season at 15:23. His 16:05 of ice time was a nice bump in usage from Nashville's last game that saw Johansen log just over 10 minutes (10:28).
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