27-Andrei Markov – Vityaz Chekhov

Apparently Andrei Markov has shaken off the remaining recovery rust that collected after those  two knee surgeries.  Although he hasn’t translated his play to the scoresheet, Markov has quickly become one of the go-to point men for Vityaz Chekhov coach Yuri Leonov.

Markov logged another 19:34 and 24 shifts with one shot in a 3-1 KHL loss to Dynamo Minsk Wednesday.  In six games Markov is averaging 19:09 and 21.2 shifts per game.  His plus/minus is even.  So far Markov has just one assist for Chekhov who have won only seven of eighteen KHL games (4-11-3).  He has totaled eleven shots on goal.

Wednesday’s game was played before a sellout crowd of 15,060 in the new arena in Minsk Belarus.

Although not figuring in the game’s scoring, NHLer’s in the Minsk lineup,were Joe Pavelski, Evander Kane and goaltender Pekka Rinne

Also Of Note – Upcoming Schedule

…….Vityaz is now off until Monday when they’ll host Kazakhstan-based Barys Astana.  Former Hamilton Bulldogs Nigel Dawes and Dustin Boyd are both playing at Astana along with defensemen Victor Hedman and Ryan McDonagh.

……..Friday in the Swiss National League, Yannick Weber and Geneva will host Max Pacioretty’s former team, Ambri-Piotta.   Zug and Raphael Diaz (if his injured hip/groin permits) hosts the Langnau Tigers.

…….Tomas Plekanec and Tomas Kaberle and their Kladno teammates will play their next game Thursday at the Western Czech spa city of Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad).