Canadiens coach Jacques Martin made the predictable moves today to fill the hole left by Saturday night’s  Andrei Markov knee injury.

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).