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Eastern Atlantic Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
15-4-3 33
14-7-2 30
12-6-3 27
12-7-3 27
10-9-5 25
10-11-2 22
10-11-2 22
8-9-0 16

2023 Stats

STATS A
Assists
P
Points
+/-
Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
TOI/G
Time On Ice Per Game
PM
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 0 2 -1 14:35 2

Top Erik Johnson News

  • Sabres' Erik Johnson: Scores game-winning goal

    Johnson potted the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over Chicago on Sunday.

    Johnson's marker midway through the third period broke a 2-2 tie. It was his first game-winning goal since the 2021-22 campaign. A pair of goals account for Johnson's entire point total in 18 outings this season. The 35-year-old defenseman shouldn't be counted on for significant offense considering he finished 2022-23 with eight points (all assists) in 63 appearances.

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  • Sabres' Erik Johnson: In lineup Friday

    Johnson (lower body) is set to play in the Sabres' preseason finale versus the Penguins.

    Johnson was banged up in the middle of the week, but the Sabres took a cautious approach. His presence in the preseason finale suggests he'll be fine for a third-pairing role when the Sabres open the regular season Thursday versus the Rangers.

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  • Sabres' Erik Johnson: Aggravates lower-body injury

    Johnson aggravated a lower-body injury and will miss Wednesday's preseason contest versus Columbus as a result, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550.

    Johnson wanted to play through the injury, but Sabres coach Don Granato felt it was better to give him the night off. With the 35-year-old defenseman out of the lineup, Henri Jokiharju will dress for Wednesday's exhibition game instead.

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  • Sabres' Erik Johnson: Signs with Buffalo

    Johnson signed a one-year, $3.25 million contract with the Sabres on Saturday.

    Johnson chipped in eight assists, 98 shots on goal, 102 blocked shots and 121 hits in 63 games with Colorado last season. He will add a veteran presence to Buffalo's blue line in what is likely to be a third-pairing role.

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  • Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Provides game-winning goal

    Johnson contributed a goal in a 4-1 victory over Seattle in Game 6 on Friday.

    Johnson was held without a point over his previous eight contests, and he didn't score a goal at all in 63 regular-season appearances. He found the back of the net midway through the second period to put Colorado up 2-1, and that tally stood as the game-winner. The 35-year-old Johnson typically doesn't do much offensively, but the defenseman has recorded 29 hits and 14 blocks through six playoff appearances this year.

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  • Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Back in action Friday

    Johnson (ankle) will return to the lineup Friday versus Arizona, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

    Johnson last played Feb. 11, a span of 19 games. He is no longer an offensive threat, as he has only seven assists in 51 games this season.

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  • Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Nearing return to action

    Johnson (ankle) is expected to be a practice regular moving forward, Brennan Vogt of Full Press Hockey reports Tuesday.

    Johnson's initial injury recovery timeline was put at 8-10 weeks and it's been less than six at this point. As such, it's still not immediately clear when he might be ready to actually suit up for the club. Even once cleared to play, the defenseman may have to serve as a healthy scratch periodically given the crowded blue line following the re-acquisition of Jack Johnson at the deadline.

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  • Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Recovery ahead of schedule

    Johnson's (ankle) is ahead of schedule in his recovery, per Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now.

    Johnson, who hasn't played since Feb. 11, was originally projected to miss 8-to-10 weeks. He's already resumed skating though, and the Avalanche are hoping for good news when he undergoes X-rays on his broken ankle. Johnson has seven assists, 96 hits and 78 blocks in 51 games this season. The 34-year-old will likely serve on the third pairing when he's healthy.

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  • Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Resumes skating

    Johnson (ankle) skated for the second time since suffering a broken ankle prior to Tuesday's practice, Kyle Fredrickson of The Denver Gazette reports.

    Although his rehab is reportedly going well, Johnson isn't expected to be ready to return for another five-to-seven weeks, meaning he likely won't be available until the first round of the playoffs at the earliest. He's notched seven assists while averaging 17:32 of ice time through 51 games this season.

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  • Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Recovering from broken ankle

    Johnson is dealing with a broken ankle, Brennan Vogt of Full Press Hockey reports.

    Johnson is expected to miss multiple weeks but there isn't a clear picture of his timeline at the moment. The 34-year-old has just seven assists through 54 games and was placed on injured reserve Feb. 14.

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  • Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Will miss multiple weeks

    Johnson (lower body) will be out for multiple weeks, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

    The Avalanche's defense is dealing with a number of injuries right now, but it appears Johnson's absence is the one that will last the longest. The 34-year-old has seen a top-four role this year, but Andreas Englund and Brad Hunt will likely be tasked with picking up the slack, at least until Cale Makar (head) can return.

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  • Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Lands on IR

    Johnson (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, per the NHL media site.

    Johnson was injured in Saturday's game against Florida. He will miss at least the next three contests, though an exact timetable for his return remains unclear. Johnson has produced seven assists, 80 shots on goal, 78 blocks and 96 hits in 51 games this season. The Avalanche recalled blueliner Brad Hunt from the minors Tuesday in a corresponding move.

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  • Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Ruled out for Tuesday

    Johnson (lower body) won't play Tuesday against Tampa Bay,Peter Baugh of The Athleticreports.

    Johnson was injured in Saturday's contest versus the Panthers. He currently doesn't have a timeline in place for his return, so he could be out Wednesday against Minnesota as well. Johnson has accounted for seven assists, 80 shots on goal, 78 blocks and 96 hits in 51 games this season.

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  • Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Won't return Saturday

    Johnson won't return to Saturday's game against Florida after suffering a lower-body injury in the first period.

    Johnson was injured on a shot block early in the opening frame. He entered Saturday's action with seven assists, 80 shots on goal, 77 blocks and 96 hits in 50 games.

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  • Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Expected to play

    Johnson (undisclosed) is expected to play Tuesday versus Washington, Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now reports.

    Johnson returned to the ice for Tuesday's morning skate after skipping Monday's practice for maintenance. He is slated to play alongside Devon Toews again because Cale Makar (upper body) isn't ready to return to the lineup. Johnson has seven assists, 72 shots on goal, 71 blocks and 81 hits in 45 games this year.

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  • Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Hopeful for Tuesday

    Johnson did not practice Monday after getting roughed up against Seattle on Saturday, Evan Rawal of Colorado Hockey Now reports.

    This could be as simple as a maintenance day, but head coach Jared Bednar said "hopefully" Johnson will be available for Tuesday's home game against the Capitals. He's taken on an extra load with Cale Makar (upper body) out the last three games.

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  • Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Logs time on top pair

    Johnson had three shots on goal, three hits and one blocked shot over 21:59 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Flames.

    Johnson, playing his 900th career game, moved up to the top pair with Cale Makar unavailable due to an undisclosed injury. Makar is with the Avalanche on their road trip which moves to Vancouver (Friday) and Seattle (Saturday) this coming weekend, so he could return. If he can't make it back, the 34-year-old Johnson is on hand for extra minutes.

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  • Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Active for Thursday

    Johnson had two shots on goal, three hits and one blocked shot over 20:28 of ice time in Thursday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Kings.

    Johnson took a puck off the hand during Thursday's morning skate and was removed from the ice, but he was healthy enough to play Thursday. He and blue line partner Samuel Girard were on the ice for a pair of even-strength goals in the second period. Both defensemen are minus-4 this week in losses to the Coyotes and Kings.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 225 lbs
Birthplace: Bloomington, MN
Age: 35
Experience: 15
Shoots: Right