Markov won't be playing in the World Championship in Europe next month, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports. The blueliner had a solid 36 points in 62 games, missing a stretch in late December and early January with a lower-body injury that impacted his total numbers. Despite being 38, he doesn't seem like he's in decline quite yet.
Markov will not be in the lineup Saturday versus host Detroit, TSN's John Lu reports. None of Markov, Max Pacioretty, Alexander Raduluov or Carey Price traveled to the Motor City for what would be a rather meaningless contest with the Habs already guaranteed a spot in the playoffs. Markov finishes the regular-season campaign with 36 points (six goals, 30 assists) in 62 games, which is a modest decline in production compared to last year.
Markov scored two goals, including one on the power play, and added a power-play assist in a 3-1 win over the Senators on Saturday. Interestingly enough, Markov's last three-point game was also against the Sens back on Nov. 22. He has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last 10 games and sits at 35 points on the season. Ride Markov right now -- he can help you achieve your fantasy goal this season.
Markov scored his team's only goal in a 3-1 loss to the Jets on Saturday. The 38-year-old only has four goals this season, but two of his scores have come within the past four contests. Despite not much scoring, Markov is a halfway decent fantasy option. He is averaging 0.625 points and 1.45 shots per game. Furthermore, he has a plus-6 rating and 10 of his 25 points have come on special teams. Markov doesn't excel in any fantasy area, but he also has no strong weaknesses.
Markov will head to Russia next week to bring his twin sons to Montreal following the tragic passing of their mother in December, the Montreal Gazette reports. Markov's ex-partner reportedly passed away from ovarian cancer shortly before Christmas. The veteran defenseman plans to travel to his home country once the Habs start their bye following this Sunday's road game against the Bruins.
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