Paul Skrbina Nashville Tennessean
The Nashville Predators may be without one of their top players for a while.
Forward Ryan Johansen, who left Tuesday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks in obvious pain after it appeared he took skate to his lower right leg, is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday afternoon, a source told The Tennessean early Wednesday.
The news was first reported by SportsNet’s Elliiott Friedman.
Johansen threw his gloves and stick to the ice as he labored to the bench with just over three minutes left in the second period of his team’s 5-4 victory. He was then helped down the tunnel and did not return.
When asked about the severity of the injury after the game, Predators coach John Hynes said it was “possible” it was serious but that he hadn’t yet had a chance to speak with trainers.
“I don’t know,” Hynes said. “I didn’t look at it. I know he got cut. Other than that I have not had a chance to talk to trainers yet.”
Johansen left the arena on crutches after the game.
A source told The Tennessean that more information on Johansen would be available Wednesday, once the surgery is complete.
The team already has been without forward Filip Forsberg for five games because of an upper-body injury.
Johansen has 12 goals and 16 assists in 55 games this season.
The Predators (27-22-6) remain seven points out of playoff contention.
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