After a cursory look, Marcus Johansson appears to be having a great first season with New Jersey. The former Capital is averaging nearly a half point per game (.48). The Devils have also been one of the biggest surprises in the NHL, spending much of the season in first place in the Metropolitan Division. Last year’s Devils squad, by comparison, was the Eastern Conference’s worst team.
But that doesn’t tell the whole story. Johansson has either been at best unlucky or at worse cursed during the 2017-18 campaign. Johansson has missed 18 of the team’s first 47 games due to a myriad of injuries. And on Tuesday night, Johansson suffered his second concussion of the season after absorbing a brutal elbow to the face by noted pest Brad Marchand.
Wednesday night, Marchand was suspended five games for his headshot by the Department of Player Safety. It’s Marchand’s sixth career suspension. He will lose $373,475.60 of total salary.