Paul Skrbina Nashville Tennessean
Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen will be out for about 12 weeks following surgery Wednesday on his right leg, the team said.
The 30-year-old was injured during the second period of Tuesday’s victory against the Vancouver Canucks when his leg was cut by the skate blade of a Canucks player.
After suffering the injury, Johansen threw his gloves and stick to the ice as he neared the bench. He was then helped down the tunnel and did not return to the game.
Johansen posted a thank you to his doctors on Instagram on Thursday morning, along with thank yous to people “who have reached out.”
“Everyone who’s reached out it’s really meant a lot that y’all have been thinking about me!” his post read. “We’re in a dog fight to find our way into that playoffs and it’s going to (stink) not being out there with my brothers but y’all fans inspire us every day and our group is gonna need you for this push.”
Johansen has 12 goals and 16 assists in 55 games this season.
The Predators (27-22-6) are seven points out of a wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The team has been without forward Filip Forsberg for five games because of an upper-body injury.
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