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32 Ross Johnston LW

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March 10, 2020 03:12 AM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Not expected to play Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston will once again watch the game from the press box Tuesday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

Johnston has only played once in the last nine games for the Islanders, so it shouldn't come as a shock that he will sit Tuesday. Johnston was practicing with several other forwards who are expected to sit also in Tom Kuhnhackl, Michael Dal Colle, and Otto Koivula. The Islanders have lost six straight games and could use a spark, so perhaps coach Barry Trotz will give Johnston a shot one of these games.

February 18, 2020 03:36 AM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Limited role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Although Johnston has been active the past two games for the Islanders, he's only averaged just over seven minutes of ice time.

Johnston generally only plays when coach Barry Trotz feels that he needs a more physical presence in the lineup. Johnston played Feb. 10 in Washington to keep Tom Wilson in check and Saturday in Vegas for the same reason with Ryan Reaves. It was a bit of a surprise that Johnston played over Tom Kuhnhackl on Monday, as Arizona doesn't have a player that would match up with Johnston's fighting ability and the Islanders are desperate for goal-scoring after now having scored only once in their past three games.bJohnston may find himself on the bench when the Islanders next play Wednesday in Colorado.

February 1, 2020 08:04 PM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Playing more often
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston has already set a career-high for games played in a season with 28n in 2019-20.

With Cal Clutterbuck (wrist) still without a definitive timetable for his return to the lineup, coach Barry Trotz has been forced to either play Michael Dal Colle or Johnston. That decision likely comes down to what Trotz thinks is needed most for each game, the skill of Dal Colle or the physical presence of Johnston.

January 15, 2020 11:16 PM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Racks up PIM
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston didn't register a point but did have 17 PIM in a 6-2 loss to the Rangers on Monday.

Johnston was in the game due to the absence of Casey Cizikas (groin). He has three goals in 25 games this season.

December 28, 2019 01:44 PM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Makes foray onto scoresheet
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston scored a goal, dished two hits, blocked two shots and added two PIM in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Blackhawks.

Johnston opened the scoring at 5:50 of the first period. The 25-year-old was listed on the second line to start the game, although his 9:36 in ice time suggests he actually skated in his typical fourth-line role. Johnston has three goals, 68 hits, 49 PIM and just 11 shots on goal through 21 contests this year.

December 19, 2019 10:44 AM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Penalties end night
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston took 12 minutes in penalties at the end of an 8-3 loss to the Predators on Tuesday.

Johnson was given a questionable charging penalty as the referees were trying to make sure the game didn't get out of hand, and then his chirping led to a misconduct. Johnston has been elevated to the top line with Mathew Barzal, but that arrangement could be coming to an end in the near future, as Johnston only has one point in his last six games.

December 1, 2019 09:00 PM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: One point on the season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston has one point, a goal, in 12 games so far this season.

Johnson has been a healthy scratch in four of the past five games for the Islanders and is only used during emergencies or when coach Barry Trotz feels they need his physical presence in the lineup. Johnston does have 35 PIM in those 12 games and isn't afraid to drop the gloves and duke it out with some of the best fighters in the NHL.

November 10, 2019 09:28 AM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: One goal on season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston has one goal in eight games this season for the Islanders.

Saturday marked the ninth game this season that Johnston has played after participating in only 17 last season. The reason for this is the rash of injuries that the Islanders have suffered this season. Johnston is on the team because of his fists and not for his ability to light the lamp. Generally, he would only play versus teams that might want to engage in extracurricular activities. Some of the Islanders forwards who were out with injury will be returning to the lineup shortly, which should once again relegate Johnston to the bench more often than not.

October 28, 2019 06:12 PM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Fills boxscore in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston scored a goal, fired three shots on net, blocked another three shots and collected nine PIM in a 5-3 win over the Flyers on Sunday.

The fourth-line winger was playing just his fourth game of the season, but Johnston made a big impact by scoring his first goal. He remains pretty much irrelevant in the fantasy arena, however.

October 10, 2019 12:20 AM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Yet to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston still hasn't played in a game this season.

This isn't a surprise, as Johnston will only play when coach Barry Trotz feels that his physical presence is needed. The Islanders are having problems lighting the lamp in the early going this season, and Trotz did mention Wednesday that lineup changes may be coming, so perhaps Johnston will get his first chance to play Friday in Carolina.

April 14, 2019 05:20 PM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Four points this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston finished the regular season with a goal, three assists and a rating of plus-3 in 17 games.

Johnston, who's yet to play for the team in the postseason, was only used when coach Barry Trotz thought his physical presence was needed or when injuries left the coach with little to no choice but to insert the enforcer into the lineup. Johnston will likely return to the Islanders in a similar role next season.

March 22, 2019 07:24 PM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Only 17 games played this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston has been a healthy scratch for the past seven games, and he's only played 17 games this season.

The Islanders are mired in a goal-scoring slump, as they have been held scoreless in back-to-back games and only have 10 goals in their last seven contests. Johnston isn't likely the answer to the Isles' offensive problems, as goal scoring is not his biggest talent, but perhaps his physicality would open up the ice for more skilled players. Still, Johnston is only likely to see the ice if a forward were to come down with an illness or an injury.

February 24, 2019 06:32 PM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Healthy scratch for last 18 games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston hasn't played since Jan. 12 (18 games).

Johnston only sees game action if the Islanders have minor injuries to a couple of forwards or if Barry Trotz believes he needs the physical presence that Johnston provides. On the season Johnston only has three assists and 23 penalty minutes in 13 games. Those totals may not change much for the rest of the season with the Islanders battling for a playoff spot. If the team were to acquire any forwards before the trade deadline Monday, it may be at the expense of Johnston.

February 1, 2019 11:44 PM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Healthy scratch Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston will be a healthy scratch for the seventh straight game Friday when the Islanders take on the Lightning, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

This should not come as any sort of surprise to anyone as Johnston only finds a place in the lineup when coach Barry Trotz believes his physical presence is needed. Johnston has played in 13 games this season, accumulating three assists with a rating of plus-2. His next chance to play will be Saturday versus the Kings.

January 11, 2019 10:16 AM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Surprise addition to lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston was a late addition to the lineup for the Islanders in their 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Thursday.

Johnston played over Michael Dal Colle as coach Barry Trotz decided that he wanted additional toughness in the lineup. The physical forward played just under eight minutes, accruing two PIM and two hits. Johnston tried to goad Cody McLeod into a fight, but the winger decided against it as the last time they fought, McLeod suffered a broken hand and missed 14 games. The two may next get to discuss their feelings about each other Saturday afternoon when these two teams meet again in Brooklyn.

January 11, 2019 12:52 AM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Unlikely to play Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston is once again expected to be a healthy scratch Thursday versus the Rangers, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

Thursday will mark the sixth straight and 11th of the past 12 games that Johnston has watched from the press box. Johnston is one of the best fighters in the game today, but that is also a skill that is needed less and less in today's game. He has three assists to go along with 21 PIM in 11 games so far this season.

December 19, 2018 12:08 PM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Still seeking first goal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston has been a healthy scratch in back-to-back games after playing in three straight.

Johnston is only called upon to play for the Isles if they have nagging injuries to other forwards, or if they feel his physical presence is needed. On the season, Johnston has three assists, 14 PIM and a plus-1 in 10 contests.

November 26, 2018 03:32 AM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Played in three straight
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnson didn't have a point but registered a five-minute major for fighting as the Islanders defeated the Hurricanes 4-1 on Saturday.

Johnson has played in three straight games and four of five due to multiple injuries to his fellow forwards. When Johnson does draw in the lineup, it is for his physical presence. His job is to plant himself in front of the opposing goalie and also to drop the gloves whenever needed.

November 3, 2018 07:45 PM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Draws in Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston will play Saturday versus the Devils, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

Johnston will get to play Saturday as Matt Martin will miss the game due to an upper-body injury. The injury to Martin is not expected to keep him out of the lineup long term so this may the only game Johnston will play before being a healthy scratch once again. A successful contest, however, could see the Islanders give Martin another game's rest as New York next lines up Monday versus the Canadiens. On the season, Johnston has one point -- an assist -- in one game.

October 18, 2018 01:12 AM
Islanders' Ross Johnston: Sets up goal in season debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Johnston assisted on his team's lone goal Wednesday, but the Islanders were defeated by the Ducks in Anaheim, 4-1.

This was the season debut for Johnston, as Isles coach Barry Trotz left the gritty winger in the press box for the first four games of the new campaign. Still, he only recorded eight minutes of ice time, and hoping for Johnston to click offensively will be a fruitless exercise more often than not.

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