Johnston had his first point of the season, an assist, in the a 4-3 shootout loss to the Sabres on Tuesday.
Johnston was only in the lineup because coach Barry Trotz has elected to rest several regulars to keep them fresh for the playoffs. Johnston is also expected to play Thursday versus the Devils for the same reason.
Johnston (undisclosed) was activated off injured reserve Thursday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Johnston is finally healthy following a four-game absence, but he isn't expected to draw into the Islanders' lineup for Thursday's clash with the Bruins. The 27-year-old forward has gone scoreless through nine top-level appearances this year.
Johnston (undisclosed) practiced with the Islanders on Tuesday, Neil Best of Newsday reports.
Johnston has practiced several times with the Islanders, but a cap and roster crunch likely necessitated his move to IR. Even when deemed healthy enough to play, it seems that Johnston may have played his last game with the Islanders this season as there aren't any spots available now due to the additions of Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac.
Johnston (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Johnston has already missed three games, and this transaction confirms that he won't be available for Sunday's matchup against the Rangers. He'll be eligible to return for Thursday's road clash against the Bruins. The 27-year-old has accrued no points, 35 PIM and 31 hits across nine games this season.
Johnston (undisclosed) practiced with the team Monday and is expected to be available to play Tuesday versus the Capitals, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Johnston had to leave the game early Saturday after taking a right hand from Samuel Morin of the Flyers to the head. Although it was never announced, it seems likely that Johnston may have been removed due to having a possible concussion. Whether he did or didn't have one, Johnston is back with the Isles and can play Tuesday should coach Barry Trotz want to insert him into the lineup.
Johnston (undisclosed) was injured in the first period of Saturday's game versus the Flyers, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Johnston fought Samuel Morin early in the game, and the former left for the locker room. The 27-year-old Johnston didn't return after either the first or second intermissions. It's unclear what he hurt in the fight. If he doesn't get back on the ice Saturday, his next chance to return is Tuesday versus the Capitals.
Johnston is playing versus the Penguins on Monday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
Johnson had been a healthy inactive since Jan. 26, as the Islanders evidently didn't feel like they needed his level of toughness. Unfortunately, Johnston took a penalty on his first shift, and the Penguins scored on the ensuing power play.
Johnston was a healthy scratch for the 25th straight game Thursday versus the Flyers.
Johnston played in the first six games of the season but he's been firmly entrenched on the bench ever since. Johnston is only on the team to keep other enforcers in check, but it seems there is very little use for his skills this season. The Islanders have only scored 10 goals in their last four games and may feel that a spirited bout or two from Johnston could wake them up out of their doldrums. However, that's probably a pipe dream as Johnston is not expected to play Saturday versus the Flyers.
Johnston was a healthy scratch for the 15th straight game for the Islanders on Sunday.
Johnston really doesn't have much of a role on the team. He's only needed when the opposition may have a tough guy or two, or perhaps when coach Barry Trotz feels more physicality is needed, and that hasn't happened much in the shortened season.
Johnston hasn't been needed for the Islanders over their last three games.
The Islanders are sort of in a conundrum with Johnston. His best skill is as a physical presence, which in theory would ensure more room for skill players on the team like Mathew Barzal. The problem is, Matt Martin also serves that purpose, and Martin, although far from a skilled player, is still a better overall player than Johnston. The fact that the Islanders are having problems in the goal-scoring department once again doesn't help his cause either. Johnston hasn't registered a point in six games this season and will only be inserted into the lineup when his physicality is needed.
Johnston will not have a regular role once again this season for the Islanders, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.
This should not come as a surprise as Johnston's best asset is his ability to pound an opponent into a puddle on the ice. Johnston may have had a chance for a bigger role if the team hadn't signed Matt Martin, but, oh well. Johnston will get into the lineup when coach Barry Trotz feels his physical presence is needed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|05/10||@ BOS||L 2-3 (OT)||0||0||0||0||9:04|
|05/06||vs NJ||L 1-2||0||0||0||0||10:23|
|05/04||@ BUF||L 3-4 (SO)||0||1||1||0||11:29|
|04/03||vs PHI||W 3-2 (SO)||0||0||0||0||1:20|
|04/01||vs WAS||W 8-4||0||0||0||-1||10:50|
|03/29||@ PIT||L 1-2||0||0||0||0||10:50|
|01/26||@ WAS||L 2-3||0||0||0||0||8:05|
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