Josh Gorges, who had been playing on Markov’s right side the last four games is back with Hal Gill. P.K. Subban, who had found a comfort zone beside Gill, now will be paired with Alexandre Picard. Picard will be back in the lineup against Philadelphia tomorrow night after being a healthy scratch the last seven games.
Nothing further on the damage to Markov’s right knee. After preliminary examination, doctors will wait for swelling to reduce before making a determination of the extent of the injury and treatment procedure. Some media outlets, without benefit of medical reports, are predicting a three month rehabilitation process.
With the trade of Ryan O’Byrne on Thursday, the Canadiens are left with no spare defensemen and twenty-one players on their roster. Centre Dustin Boyd is the only extra player although he cleared waivers last Monday.
An insurance call-up from the Hamilton Bulldogs is likely. Yannick Weber is leading all American Hockey League defensemen with 8 goals in 14 games (4 on the power play) but he is also minus-4. Also earning consideration are Bulldogs team captain Alex Henry, Mathieu Carle (plus-6), Frederic St. Denis (plus-4) and rookie pro Brendon Nash (plus-4).