Johansson (upper body) is on the ice for warmups and is expected to suit up in Wednesday's game against Vegas, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports. The 30-year-old missed the past two games with the upper-body issue, but as evidenced by this news, the injury wasn't long term. Johansson will return for Thursday's game on the third line, as he's produced 14 points in 31 games this season. Johansson will replace Kevin Fiala (undisclosed) in the lineup for the contest.
Johansson (upper body) will remain out Monday against the Golden Knights, Sarah McLellan of Star Tribune Sports reports. Coach Dean Evason described Johansson as "fine" but wants the veteran forward to get some skating under his belt before he returns from the injury. Johansson could be back as soon as Wednesday's rematch against Vegas.
Johansson (upper body) won't play Saturday versus the Blues, Jessi Pierce of The Athletic reports. Johansson was a late scratch Saturday. In his place, Nick Bjugstad should return to the lineup in a third-line role. Johansson's first chance to return is Monday versus the Golden Knights.
Johansson scored a power-play goal on three shots and added two hits in Monday's 5-2 win over the Coyotes. Johansson struck at 9:38 of the second period, and his tally stood as the game-winner. He's posted a goal and four helpers over his last five games. The 30-year-old seems more comfortable playing on the wing, even if he sees less ice time in such a role. For the season, the Swede is up to 13 points (six on the power play), 32 shots on net and a minus-5 rating through 26 appearances.
Johansson produced a power-play assist in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Sharks. Johansson set up Mats Zuccarello's tally at 14:35 of the first period to tie the game at 1-1. The 30-year-old Johansson has four assists in his last four outings. For the year, the Swede is up to 12 points, 29 shots on net and a minus-6 rating through 25 appearances. A middle-six role and a lack of steady offense makes Johansson a low-end fantasy option.
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