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Frei: Erik Johnson credits Bo Byram for feeling, and playing, younger (+)

As the Avalanche Thursday were waiting to see if they’d play the Wild or the Blues in the Western Conference semifinals, it seemed safe to assume they’d stick with the defensive pairings going forward that worked well in the first-round sweep of the Predators. That means the most...
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Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Adds helper Monday

Johnson provided an assist, three shots on goal, two hits, two blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Monday's 5-3 win over the Predators in Game 4. Johnson finished the first round with three assists in four games. The 34-year-old defenseman has been the preferred sixth defenseman over Jack Johnson and Kurtis MacDermid with Ryan Murray (hand) still out. In the postseason, Johnson has added 17 hits, six blocked shots and a plus-6 rating.
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Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Supplies assist in win

Johnson posted an assist, five hits and two blocked shots in Thursday's 2-1 overtime win over the Predators. Johnson assisted on Nathan MacKinnon's opening tally 5:25 into the game. This snapped Johnson's three-game point drought. The 34-year-old defenseman has held onto a third-pairing role to begin the playoffs, but he could be at risk of losing his place in the lineup once Ryan Murray (hand) is available to play.
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Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Tallies on rebound

Johnson scored a goal on three shots, added three hits and blocked three shots in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Blues. J.T. Compher couldn't get a shot to go in, but Johnson trailed the play and buried the rebound. The 34-year-old defenseman has a goal and an assist in two games since he returned from a lower-body injury. He's at eight goals, 25 points, 136 shots on net, 160 hits, 128 blocked shots and a plus-22 rating in 75 outings.
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Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Logs assist in return

Johnson had an assist, three shots on net, two hits and three blocked shots in Sunday's 4-1 loss to Jets. Johnson logged an assist in his return to the lineup after missing four games due to a lower-body injury. While multiple Winnipeg bodies paid attention to Johnson's zone entry, the defenseman slipped a backhanded pass to an open J.T. Compher for Colorado's lone goal. Unfortunately, Johnson's return wasn't enough to prevent the Avalanche's fourth consecutive loss. The Avs are still without Gabriel Landeskog (knee), Mikko Rantanen (illness) and Devon Toews (undisclosed).
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Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Returning to lineup Sunday

Johnson (lower body) will suit up Sunday against the Jets, AJ Haefele of DNVR Avalanche reports. Johnson will return to game action for the first time since April 14, bumping Kurtis MacDermid out of the lineup. In 73 appearances this season, Johnson has seven goals and 16 assists.
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Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Dealing with LBI

Johnson is dealing with a lower-body injury, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports. "E.J. is still dealing with a lower body [injury]," Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said. Johnson sat out games Saturday and Monday with what had been described as an undisclosed injury. The Avalanche may be overly...
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Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Out with undisclosed injury

Johnson won't be in the lineup versus Washington on Monday after sustaining an undisclosed injury, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports. Johnson didn't play against Carolina on Saturday due to his undisclosed injury, though it appears to be more of a precautionary, pre-playoff decision to rest the blueliner. With Devon Toews (undisclosed) also on the shelf, Kurtis MacDermid and Jack Johnson will likely comprise the third pairing for Monday's matchup.
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Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Draws helper Wednesday

Johnson logged an assist, went plus-3, fired two shots on goal and added two PIM in Wednesday's 9-3 win over the Kings. Johnson has chipped in a goal and five assists in his last eight appearances. He set up Nicolas Aube-Kubel for the opening tally just 2:54 into Wednesday's blowout win. Johnson has enjoyed a bounce-back year on offense with 23 points in 72 outings, and he's added 129 shots on net, 151 hits, 121 blocked shots and a plus-24 rating in a bottom-four role.
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Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Scores in Friday's victory

Johnson scored a goal on three shots, levied three hits and blocked two shots in Friday's 5-4 overtime win over the Jets. Alex Newhook found Johnson for a second-period tally that put the Avalanche ahead 3-2. Johnson hadn't scored since March 1 versus the Islanders, and he had just a pair of two-assist games in that span. The veteran defenseman has been solid in a bottom-four role this season, logging 22 points, 127 shots on net, 151 hits, 120 blocked shots and a plus-21 rating in 71 outings.
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Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Collects two assists

Johnson produced two assists, fired two shots on goal, blocked a pair of shots and went plus-2 in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Sharks. Deuces were wild on Johnson's stat line in his second multi-assist effort in his last four outings. The defenseman helped out on goals by Alex Newhook and Andre Burakovsky. Johnson reached the 20-point mark for the first time since 2018-19 -- he's got six goals, 15 assists, 123 shots on net, 144 hits, 115 blocked shots and a plus-19 rating through 68 contests. His well-rounded numbers could carry some value in deeper fantasy formats, especially if he stays warm through April.
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Avalanche's Erik Johnson: Provides pair of helpers

Johnson notched two assists, three shots on goal, two hits and a plus-2 rating in Friday's 6-3 win over the Flyers. Johnson helped out on first-period tallies by Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen as the Avalanche quickly took control of the game. This ended a 10-game drought for Johnson, who been bumped down the depth chart after Colorado acquired Josh Manson from Anaheim. Johnson is at 19 points, 118 shots on net, 138 hits, 108 blocked shots and a plus-17 rating in 65 appearances -- he's on track to play in every game for the first time in his career.
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Erik Johnson, former No. 1 overall draft pick, embraces diminished role with Avalanche

Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson remembers the wise words of Dan Hinote. The veteran forward was a teammate of Johnson’s with the St. Louis Blues back in 2007-08. Johnson was just a 19-year-old NHL rookie at the time, while Hinote, who hoisted the Cup as a rookie with the Avalanche, was 30 and in the twilight of his career.
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