It’s been 483 days since Andrei Markov suffered that devastating knee injury November 13th, 2010 in a game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Markov was finally placed on the Canadiens active roster this morning meaning he’ll be available for tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks.
A decision on whether he plays will be made after the pre-game warmup. Coach Randy Cunneyworth told reporters this morning,
” If he’s feeling the same way tonight as he is today than we certainly will [play him]. It’s another step in the right direction for a guy we know is a very good player, but we don’t want to throw too much on his plate. It’s the first game back and he’s available to go to work, so we’re excited.”
If he does play, the Canadiens will dress seven defencemen and eleven forwards with Markov seeing restricted duty, mostly on the power play, as he’s eased back into game conditions. Forward Brad Staubitz is likely to be the odd-man out if Markov plays and Yannick Weber will split duties between defence and forward.
The Canadiens have six players remaining on their injury list. David Desharnais is day-to-day with a hip problem and defenceman Raphael Diaz has a pulled groin. On injury reserve are leftwingers Mathieu Darche and Travis Moen with suspected concussion plus RW-Brian Gionta (biceps surgery); RW-Michael Blunden (arthroscopic knee surgery).