"I really saw some energy and skating and being a bit of a hound on the puck and making good decisions," Capitals coach Adam Oates said of Johansson's game Sunday. "Maybe that hit in training camp [in which he collided with Ovechkin in a scrimmage] did hurt him where he was trying to fight through it and didn't have the pace I saw the other night. I really thought he was solid."
In his first nine games this season, Johansson was limited to one goal and a team-worst minus-7 rating. In his return Sunday, the 22-year-old had an assist and saw time on both special teams units.
On the blueline, the Capitals are without veterans John Erskine and Tom Poti due to upper-body injuries which opens the door for prospect Cameron Schilling, called up from Hershey of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, to make his NHL debut.
"Obviously, it's a dream come true to come up here to the NHL and get a game in, so I'm just going try to enjoy it as much as I can, but stay focused and try to play my game," Schilling said.
The Capitals signed Schilling last spring after his senior season at Miami University, and the 24-year-old has six goals and 14 points in 54 games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League this season.
Schilling is expected to be paired with rookie Steve Oleksy, who made his NHL debut a week ago. Rookie Tomas Kundratek also began the season in Hershey, but has been used as a top-four defenseman with the Capitals for much of the season.
"It's interesting," Schilling said. "There's a lot of Hershey guys here, but obviously with a shortened season, there might be more injury problems, so that was somewhat expected coming into it. But yeah, it's nice to have everyone here."
Here is the lineup the Capitals could use Tuesday against the Hurricanes: