“It’s games that matters and there wasn’t much left for the practice,” Johansson said. “I felt a little sore, so I just wanted to get off and get some treatment and feel good for today.”
Johansson played nine games after a concussion before missing 12. This is a different injury, and the 22-year-old didn’t link the concussion to a different way of thinking about sitting out.
“I don’t think I have a change of mindset like that,” Johansson said. “You know you want to take care of your body and sometimes there’s injuries you can play through, and sometimes there’s injuries that you can’t play through. You just have to listen to the doctors and our trainers and do what they say sometimes. Sometimes you have to feel for yourself.”
Joel Ward did not skate Tuesday, and Oates did not have an update on the right wing, who missed his fourth straight game with a bruised left knee.