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Erik Johnson will have a phone hearing after he slashed the Islanders' Frans Nielsen on Saturday.

Johnson wasn't selected to participate in the Olympics, so as it is, he won't play until Feb. 26 at the earliest. That makes this a particularly inopportune time to be handed a suspension, if the NHL does decide to go that route.

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Erik Johnson was credited with three assists in Colorado's 7-1 win over Buffalo on Saturday.

Johnson went through a nine-game point drought, but he's making up for lost time with four points in his last two contests. That gives him seven goals and 24 points in 54 games this season.

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Erik Johnson returned to action on Friday January 24.

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Erik Johnson is battling a back injury.

Johnson is questionable for Tuesday's game due to the ailment. He has seven goals and 13 assists in 48 contests this season.

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Erik Johnson (back) expects to play Thursday against New Jersey.

"I'm just happy it wasn't longer. I've dealt with this in the past where the most I missed was four or five days," he said. "Luckily with the work our trainers did on me, it took only two days, so I'm really happy about it." Johnson missed the third period and overtime of Tuesday's win over Chicago. Look for him to suit up.

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There's a 50-50 chance of Erik Johnson (back) playing on Thursday.

Johnson sustained the ailment during Tuesday's game. The plan is to have him skate on Thursday before they make any determination about his availability.

Erik Johnson D COL 7 Months

Erik Johnson suffered a back injury, which forced him to leave Tuesday's game against Chicago.

He tried to come back for the start of the third period, but he went back to the dressing room after a brief test on the ice. Johnson's night ended after he logged 12:45 of ice time. Coach Patrick Roy is hoping that the defenseman is just day-to-day, but we should learn more about his status shortly.

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Erik Johnson wasn't among the blueliners selected to compete at the Winter Olympics for the United States.

He was passed over for players with less international experience. Johnson represented the U.S. at the 2010 Winter Games and he played for his country at the 2013 World Championships. He is also enjoying a strong season with the Colorado Avalanche in 2013-14. He has 17 points and a plus-10 rating in 39 games.

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Erik Johnson scored a goal and registered an assist in Colorado's 5-4 shootout loss to San Jose Monday evening.

Johnson has been very good for the Avalanche this season. He now has six goals and nine assists in 36 games. He also has an impressive plus-18 rating. Jamie McGinn, Gabriel Landeskog and rookie Nathan MacKinnon also scored for the Avalanche, while Ryan O'Reilly added two helpers in the loss.

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Erik Johnson produced a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Dallas.

He picked up a power-play assist on Matt Duchene's 15th goal of the season. Unfortunately, he was also on the ice for the Stars' game-winning goal late in the third period after his shot was turned aside by goaltender Dan Ellis prior to it being sent up up the ice to Colton Sceviour for the deciding marker. Johnson has 12 points and a plus-18 rating in 33 games this campaign.