Mar 8, 2013, 2:45 PM EST
The former No. 1 overall pick hasn’t played since a 3-2 OT loss to Phoenix on Feb. 11, during which he was concussed on a hit by Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal.
Johnson, 24, received medical clearance earlier this week and was activated from injured reserve yesterday.
His return will be a welcome one for Colorado.
Johnson led all Avs defensemen in scoring a year ago, with 26 points, and was averaging over 21 minutes per game prior to getting hurt.
The 6-foot-4, 230 pound rearguard will reportedly replace Tyson Barrie in the lineup.
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