Drouin underwent surgery to repair a fractured nose Tuesday. The team's release noted the procedure was minor and Montreal expects Drouin to be able to resume his offseason training program in 2-3 weeks. The center matched his career-best point total with 53 this season, but missed the 20-goal mark for the second consecutive season. If the 23-year-old can develop his scoring touch a little more, he could move into the upper tier of fantasy options.
Drouin found the scoresheet twice versus the Islanders, scoring a goal and adding a power-play assist in Thursdays 4-0 win. Drouin's goal drought ends at 17 games, as the Quebec product finally found the back of the net, putting the finishing touches on a rush that had the Bell Centre crowd on its feet from start to finish. If Montreal is to make the playoffs, the team needs Drouin to elevate his game, with Thursday being a step in the right direction. The 23-year-old is up to 18 goals and 52 points in 73 games.
Drouin does not have a point in the last six games and just four over the last 14. All four of Drouin's points during this stretch came in one game, so the winger has not hit the scoresheet in 13 of the last 14 games. The Canadiens, in a dogfight for one of the wild card spots in the Eastern Conference, need more from him.
Drouin (illness) will return to the lineup for Monday's game versus the Devils. Drouin was pointless with a minus-5 rating in six games before he was a last-minute scratch for Saturday's contest versus the Maple Leafs. That kind of drought has been uncharacteristic this year, since Drouin has 17 goals and 46 points through 61 games. This is a solid opportunity for the 23-year-old to get back on track, as the Devils rank 29th in the league with a 3.39 team GAA and were sellers at Monday's trade deadline.
Drouin (illness) will sit out Saturday's road contest against Toronto. Drouin took part in pregame warmup, but was replaced in the lineup by Nicolas Deslauriers ahead of puck drop. More information should be provided on the top-line winger's status ahead of Monday's tilt in New Jersey.
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