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Predators’ Ryan Johansen out estimated 12 weeks after surgery

NHL: Arizona Coyotes at Nashville Predators

Feb 13, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee USA; Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) speeds past Arizona Coyotes left wing Matias Maccelli (63) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: George Walker IV - USA TODAY Sports

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen will miss the rest of the regular season after having surgery on his lower right leg.

The Predators announced that Johansen will miss an “estimated 12 weeks” after surgery.

Nashville would have to make the playoffs for Johansen to have a chance to return this season. The Predators wrap up the regular season April 14 in hosting Colorado, and they go into the game at San Jose seven points out of the second wild-card berth in the Western Conference.

Johansen left the ice late in the second period of a 5-4 shootout win over Vancouver after Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes’ skate caught the back of his right ankle. Johansen left the arena on crutches and kept his foot off the ground despite wearing a walking boot for protection.

The 6-foot-3 center ranks fifth on the Predators with 28 points playing in their first 55 games. That’s a big drop from last season when he finished with 63 points, tied for the third-most points in his career.

Johansen thanked doctors on social media and everyone who has reached out to him.

“We’re in a dogfight to find our way into the playoffs and it’s going to suck not being out there with my brothers but y’all fans inspire us everyday and our group is gonna need you for this push,” Johansen wrote.