Johnson will not play on Wednesday or Friday because of a two-game suspension.
Johnson was suspended for slashing New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen during the Avs contest on Saturday, February 8. The incident occurred at 12:09 of the third period. Johnson was assessed a minor penalty for slashing. The slash resulted in a broken hand for Nielsen. Ryan Wilson will slide into the lineup for Johnson.
Johnson (undisclosed) was not on the ice for the Avalanche morning skate, he will be a gamete decision.
If Johnson is unable to play, Karl Stollery will enter the lineup. Johnson has not recorded a point in his last five games, but has 20 points (7G / 13A) with a plus-13 rating in 48 games this season. Monitor his status during pre-game warmups.
Johnson left Tuesday's game with a back ailment and did not return.
Johnson played just 12:45 before retiring to the dressing room for the night. Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy said that he "hopes that [Johnson] is day-to-day. We will provide an update as soon as there is word from the Avs medical staff.
No Erik Johnson at practice today. That bruised foot he suffered in Wednesday’s practice proved too much to get on the ice.
Tyson Barrie looks like he’ll get the call to replace Johnson in the lineup tomorrow against Carolina, if Johnson can’t play. He is getting time on the power-play unit and has been paired opposite Jan Hejda in practice.
Erik Johnson in, Tyson Barrie out for #Avs tonight
Johnson hasn't played since February 11th becuase of a concussion, but will return to the Avalanche blueline tonight when they take on the Blackhawks. Johnson had only recorded one assist in 11 games before getting injured. He is owned in 87.2% of ESPN leagues and could be worth a pickup if he is available.
Defenseman Erik Johnson, who left with an injury in the third period of the Avalanche's 3-2 loss to Phoenix on Monday, is not practicing Wednesday and appears to be the latest to join Colorado's long injury list.
This would be a big loss for the Avalanche as they are already banged up and Johnson is their #1 defenceman. Monitor his status going forward for a more detailed update.