Jonathan Drouin has proven that he can elevate his game at the time the most important. The attacker has said that he expects to do so again during the Stanley Cup playoffs when the Montreal Canadiens face the Pittsburgh Penguins in one of the eight best series of five to determine who will compete in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“My game rises just in hockey playoff as he did in the tournaments of hockey,” said Drouin.
As Canadians, Drouin aspires to make the best of a second chance and re-start what could be his best season in the NHL before being interrupted by an operation on the wrist, a sprain to the ankle and the break of the march 12, due to concerns about the sars coronavirus. When Drouin joined the attackers Paul Byronand Charles Hudonand goalie Michael McNiven, Tuesday, it was the first time that he was on the ice in three months, the longest layoff of his life.
“For me, these three months have been huge for my ankle and my wrist,” said Drouin. “I just jumped on yesterday and I was able to shoot the puck normally as I was doing at the time. Same thing for my ankle, so this is good. With a little luck, when we have a treatment, it will be even better. ”
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The Canadians, seeded no. 12 in the East, fall in the qualifications with a percentage of .500 points (31-31-9), the lowest among the 24 teams who come to play. But when Drouin was healthy, it was better. He scored 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) over the first 19 games of the season, while Montreal has scored an average of 3.44 goals per game. The Canadians had a record of 10-5-3 and 6-1-1 in the eight games prior to November 15, the Washington Capitals, when He tore a tendon in the wrist after a fall awkward.
He missed three months after the surgery. Montreal had a record of 15-18-4 without him, including two sequences of eight consecutive defeats, and scored 2,81 goals per game.
“At that time, my match went well, we played well,” said Drouin. “We won, and we were satisfied with our game, and it was the same for me. Everyone was going in the right direction and then this injury occurred. ”
Drouin has played eight games without scoring after his return until the ankle sprain against the Vancouver Canucks on February 25 and has not played since. Authorized for the playoffs by the general manager of the Canadiens Marc Bergevin on may 27, Drouin is considering a return to the form of the resumption of the games, knowing that it can reach a level that is still unknown since he was traded to Montreal for the defender. Mikhail Sergachev on June 15, 2017.
“I’m not nervous, I can return,” he said. “I’ve seen that I can be a player of impact every night if I introduce myself and play the game I’m supposed to play. It was a good time for me. “