Jack Johnson D CLS 2 months ago

Johnson picked up a pair of assists and was a plus-3 in Friday's win over the Sabres.

That's three points and a plus-5 rating in two games for Johnson, who is now up to 39 points in 78 games on the season. He's been producing consistently since mid-March and will have a chance to reach the 40-point barrier for the first time since 2010-11 when the Blue Jackets close out their regular season Saturday against the Islanders.

Jack Johnson D CLS 2 months ago

Johnson (illness) is on the ice for pregame warmups and appears in line to play Thursday against the Islanders.

The illness prevented Johnson from skating in the morning with the rest of the team, but it appears the extra hours off were all he needed to regain health. Barring a late setback in warmups, he'll slot in at his familiar spot on the Jackets' top defensive pairing.

Jack Johnson D CLS 2 months ago

Johnson (illness) is a game-time decision for Thursday's contest against the Islanders, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.

If Johnson -- who is feeling under the weather -- can't play Thursday night, Justin Falk would be in line to move into the team's lineup for the contest.

Jack Johnson D CLS 2 months ago

Johnson supplied the game-winning goal in Tuesday's overtime victory over the Devils.

The backhanded tally was Johnson's seventh of the season, which represents his highest total for a season since 2011-12. The blueliner is still sitting on an ugly minus-16 rating, but with three points in his last four games -- all of which have been Columbus victories -- he should make for a solid activation.

Jack Johnson D CLS 2 months ago

Johnson set up Mark Letestu's game-tying goal in an eventual shootout victory over the Oilers on Wednesday.

Johnson is just two points of besting last season's mark of 33, and will more than likely finish with the second-best scoring total of his career when 2014-15 comes to a close. Unfortunately, the Jackets' collective struggles this season have inhibited his fantasy value a bit, as he currently sits on a minus-18 plus/minus rating. Johnson has also had difficulty finding the net of late, as he's been without a goal since Jan. 29.

Jack Johnson D CLS 3 months ago

Johnson picked up a power-play assist Sunday, but it wasn't enough as the Blue Jackets lost to the Penguins, 5-3.

With 23 helpers on the season, Johnson is quite the skilled passer from the blue line. However, it's worth knowing if your league counts stats for plus/minus, as Johnson is a liability in that area at minus-18.

Jack Johnson D CLS 4 months ago

Johnson racked up an assist, four hits and a blocked shot in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Kings.Johnson is a decent contributor with the puck but you have to take the good with the bad. He isn't afraid to lay the smash on opponents and fight for loose pucks. However, he's a minus-17 on the year, which is cringe worthy for leagues counting that stat.

Jack Johnson D CLS 4 months ago

Johnson netted a goal in Thursday's loss to the Panthers.

Johnson is holding down a half-point-per-game scoring pace (23 points in 44 contests) for just the second time in his career. However, the production has been often muted by his ghastly minus-23 rating, which ranks as the third-worst mark in the NHL. Players on truly awful squads like the Sabres and Oilers are surrounding him in that category, and while the Jackets aren't quite as bad as those teams, they're probably not good enough for Johnson to notice much recovery in that category in the second half.

Jack Johnson D CLS 4 months ago

Johnson notched his fourth goal of the season in Saturday's loss to the Islanders.

With 20 points through 37 games, Johnson is on track to submit his best offensive season since 2010-11. Unfortunately, those efforts have been bogged down by a minus-21 rating, a mark that doesn't figure to rise dramatically while the Blue Jackets look to be one of the weaker teams in the Eastern Conference.

Jack Johnson D CLS 5 months ago

Johnson gathered two assists and finished with a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 6-2 victory over the Bruins.

It was one of the rare occasions in which Johnson has been on the positive side of the plus/minus ledger, as his minus-20 rating for the season still ranks last in the league. While the Blue Jackets are far from a buzzsaw, it's hard to imagine Johnson's rating taking a much steeper hit, and given the volatile nature of the statistic, it could even rebound from here. The ugly minus-20 mark still hasn't drained Johnson of value, as he's on pace for a career-best 46-point season on the strength of his prowess on the power play, where he's collected 13 of his 18 points.