Scratches – Jonathon Blum, Brian McGrattan
Injuries – Patric Hornqvist (lower body)
The Predators being without Hornqvist will force some shifting of the lines. Kostitsyn takes over for Hornqvist on the second line.
Zbynek Michalek – Oliver Ekman-Larsson
With Mike Smith still out with an upper-body injury and LaBarbera ineffective in losses to San Jose and Los Angeles, Johnson will make his Coyotes debut in goal tonight against the Predators.
Johnson has appeared in six NHL games with the New York Rangers from 2009-11, starting once against the Coyotes on Jan. 30, 2010, in Glendale and taking the loss to LaBarbera, 3-2.
In 24 games with Portland of the American Hockey League, Johnson was this year 14-8-2 record with a 2.80 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.
Smith returned to the ice on his own Sunday and did the same on Monday. He remains day-to-day with no timetable for his return.