The young French striker from Columbus returns to competition on Sunday evening for the start of the play-offs. Seven months later, Alexandre Texier will rediscover the joys of official NHL competition. Sunday night in the Toronto “bubble”, the young French striker and his teammates of the Columbus Blue Jackets will begin their series of play-offs against the local team of the Maple Leafs, after the long hiatus of the season due to the coronavirus. For the young Grenoblois, the estrangement will have lasted much longer, due to a stress fracture in a vertebra detected last December. But the confinement left him time to get back on your feet to experience his second play-off campaign, after the discovery of last year. “I know what to expect, did he declare on his franchise website. It’s going to be a tough game. It’s going to be physical. I’m ready for this, we’re all ready. “ If his coach, John Tortorella, confirms the options taken in the last warm-up game against Boston, Texier could be lined up on the first line of attack, alongside Pierre-Luc Dubois and Oliver Bjorkstrand. Thursday, he took advantage to register a goal. The two other French in the running, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (Colorado) and Antoine Roussel (Vancouver) will also play in the night from Sunday to Monday, against respectively Saint-Louis and Minnesota.