The Montreal Canadiens might be getting a very key piece to their puzzle back in the lineup on Wednesday.
According to RDS.cathe Habs could have their top defenseman, Andrei Markov, back for Wednesday's game against the Anaheim Ducks. The report states (starting to wish I took French instead of Spanish, but Google translator is amazing) that Markov was skating with Alexei Emelin in practice on Tuesday.
Markov has not played since Nov. 13 of last season when he suffered a knee injury after falling awkwardly into the boards. The last time Markov played a full -- or close to -- season was 2008-09 when he had 12 goals and 52 assists in 78 games. The Habs would love to have that kind of production back on the blue line.
Over the offseason, the Canadiens, short on defense, inked the veteran to a three-year deal worth $5.75 million per season.
Without Markov and other members of an injury-riddled defense corps, they have been forced to rely on a lot of unproven young defenseman. Thanks in part to Carey Price behind them, the Habs rank ninth in the league in goals against. But it's the offense they would really love to get back from Markov.
After that epically bad beginning to the season, the Canadiens have smoothed things out and are now quietly floating just off the radar in the Eastern Conference. If Markov can give them the same production he used to, perhaps they won't be as quiet any more.
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