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Blues D Erik Johnson scratched with lower body injury before game against Kings

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues defenceman Erik Johnson is listed as day-to-day after sustaining a right knee injury.

Johnson was scratched from the lineup before Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings. He had an MRI earlier in the day after he was hurt in a collision with Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk in the first period of Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to the Red Wings.

“A slight sprain of the right knee,” said Blues president John Davidson. “It’s not a long-term injury. We’re relieved and he’s relieved. It’s a good sign for us.”

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Johnson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft, has one goal and nine assists in 29 games this season. He missed the 2008-09 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his right knee during an off-season golf outing.

Davidson said Johnson could be available to play when the Blues host San Jose on Saturday.

“We’ll see about Saturday when Saturday comes around,” said Davidson.