Avs' Johnson Out Friday: Erik Johnson (wrist) will not play Friday against the Coyotes, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. (Updated 4/26/13)
No information available at this time (Updated 5/19/13).
Erik Johnson will miss his sixth straight game Friday, but there is a glimmer of hope that he could return and play in the team's season finale Saturday. The game Saturday means nothing to the Avalanche, being well out of the postseason chase, so Johnson may sit if he does not want to risk further injury heading into the offseason. (Updated 4/26/13).
With 26 points in 73 games last year, Erik Johnson enjoyed his best campaign in three seasons, his first full one with the Avs since being acquired in mid-2010-11 from St. Louis. As he had the season before, Johnson struggled out of the gate, but was mostly solid from December on, posting a minus-3 rating on the season (not bad on a non-playoff team). Johnson still boasts a heavy slapshot from the point, but has trouble getting pucks on net, especially through traffic. However, he did lead the Avs in average ice time (20:50) last season and his 155 shots was most among Avs' defensemen and sixth overall. The Avs will continue to be patient with the former first-overall draft pick and his spot on the teams first defensive pairing will be his to lose this season. (Updated 8/14/12)