German Rubtsov’s absence from the Sags lineup did not even last a week. The Russian striker will return to play on Thursday night, in the first of two games against the Foreurs of Val-d’Or, center Georges-Vezina.
Rubtsov had worried the team management and supporters last week when he fell heavily into the gang after being hooked into a breakaway. Initially, the medical authorities of the club feared a fracture of the patella, but further examinations the next day revealed nothing abnormal. After his return on skates Tuesday in practice, the new offensive weapon of the Sags passed the test to receive the authorization to face the Foreurs.
“Today I had the impression that he was very close to 100%,” dropping head coach Yanick Jean afterwards, also announcing that Brendan Hamelin could also be back in the lineup. A decision will be made after the morning training, but the Blue pilot seemed very optimistic about the 19-year-old veteran. With Rubtsov and Hamelin, he would also have more options for his offensive combinations.
Yanick Jean will tackle this double-faced Foreurs program as a premise in the playoffs where two duels in 24 hours occur frequently. “It is a very underestimated club, announces Yanick Jean who will delegate in the melee Julio Billia Thursday and Xavier Potvin the next day. They are well managed and the only reason they did not take off early in the season is because of the injuries. Yes they traded a few players to maturity, but they still have a good team. They are able to score goals night after night. They have skills. If you cheat on this team, you’re going to have a lot of misery. “