"I think when he goes down there, right off the bat, I know
we're going to play him," coach Joel Quenneville said.
"Obviously, right now you're probably going to feel a little bit
beaten-up, but hey, it's a competitive world and it's up to him to
prove he's able.
"I think he's got a lot of motivation on his side to get his
game in order."
Johnson became the first goalie in NHL history to record
shutouts in his first three postseason appearances in 2002. He has
been plagued by inconsistency, and lost his starting job late last
season when the Blues acquired Chris Osgood.
Johnson is 4-3-1 with a .901 save percentage and a 2.43
goals-against average in 10 games this season.
The Blues recalled Reinhard Divis from Worcester earlier this
week, and Quenneville said Divis will start Thursday against
The Blues also recalled defenseman Jame Pollock, who had 15
points in 24 games for Worcester, and reassigned defenseman Mike Stuart to Worcester.