Markov scored a power-play goal in Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the Flyers. Markov, whose last goal came Nov. 11, has not been very productive offensively with just six assists since the beginning of December. Along with the diminished offense, Markov has had some egregious giveaways recently and has seen his playing time drop. Biology is catching up to the 37-year-old, who played nearly 22 minutes Tuesday. We'll see what he has in tank for Wednesday night's home game against Buffalo.
Markov had an assist, two blocked shots and a hit in 22:07 TOI in Monday night's 5-2 loss to Columbus. The 22:07 on Monday was Markov's highest in four games. We had seen his minutes cut back below 20 following a particularly poor stretch of hockey in which the 37-year-old's TOI was up around 25 per game.
Markov played 19:31 in Tuesday night's 4-1 loss to Boston, the second straight game he's had under 20 minutes TOI. He's averaging just under 23 minutes per game for the season. It's been a tough week for the 37-year-old rearguard, whose brutal first-period giveaway led to Boston's first goal. This, after a Markov turnover in overtime led to the Blues' game winner last Saturday.
Markov had an assist and two shots in a season-high 26:15 of ice time in Saturday night's 3-1 loss to the Capitals. Markov has just two points in the last 13 games, but more worrisome was a slump on defense that had him skating on the third pair for a couple of games. He's back on the top pair with P.K. Subban again, getting 50:11 TOI in the last two games.
Markov practiced with the third defense pair Wednesday, the Montreal Gazette reports. Markov was dropped to the third pair mid-game in Tuesday night's loss to San Jose and looks like he'll be there Thursday when the Habs host the Kings. The demotion means less playing time, though we do expect him to get ice time on the power play.
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