Johnson reaggravates injury, likely to miss road trip
Lightning center Tyler Johnson's frustating injury-filled season continues.
Johnson will likely miss the upcoming three-game road trip after re-aggravating an undisclosed injury Thursday against Ottawa, coach Jon Cooper said. Cooper said this is not a "multiple week thing," but they want to err on the side of caution with the All-Star, who will sit out his seventh game this season due to injuries.
"We just can't have this back for one, gone for three, back for one, gone for four," Cooper said. "We've got to make sure these guys are ready to go."
Johnson had just come back two games ago after missing three with what's believed to be a lower-body injury. He also missed three games in early November with an upper body injury. Cooper insisted Johnson didn't come back too soon. Johnson has just four goals in 23 games this season.
"He was ready," Cooper said. "He's having a tough run in the injury department right now, something he's never had to deal with. This happens to players, it's unfortunate it's happening now, because clearly he's a big piece of our team. This isn't a multiple week thing, it's maybe a week."
With Johnson out, forward Mike Blunden was recalled from AHL Syracuse. Cooper said Blunden brings a big body, praising the work on an earlier call-up this season. Cooper wouldn't confirm whether Blunden would play, or if the team will go with 11 forwards, seven defensemen.
G Ben Bishop will start for the Lightning against the Capitals.