Johnson was 4-3-1 with St. Louis this seasaon
"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 Columbus.
The Blues also recalled defenseman Jame Pollock, who had 15 points in 24 games for Worcester, and reassigned defenseman Mike Stuart to Worcester.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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