Markov missed the final three games before the Christmas break and will miss the three games before the New Year. With Markov out, the Canadiens have recalled Ryan Johnston from St. John’s to serve as an extra defenseman during their road-trip.
Markov missed Tuesday’s game vs. the Ducks and will not play Thursday vs. the Wild, but head coach Michel Therrien said he wouldn't be surprised if Markov was available for Friday’s game in Columbus. With Markov out, Zach Redmond will remain in the lineup.
Markov missed Monday’s practice because of a lower-body injury and will be held out of the lineup tonight vs. the Ducks. The veteran defenseman has had a strong season, so this is a big loss for the Canadiens, who will replace him with Zach Redmond.
After a bad 6-2 loss to the Flames on Sunday, the Canadiens will shake up their D-pairings tonight vs. the Blackhawks. Their changes will see Markov skating on the top-pair with Subban. Markov currently leads the team in ice time, averaging 25:36 per game (3:41 on the PP).
The Canadiens have signed Andrei Markov to a three-year contract extension with an annual cap-hit of $5.75 million.
Markov, 35, had seven goals and 36 assists (43 points) in 81 games. After a couple of tough years battling injury, Markov has only missed one game over the last two seasons. He is getting up there in age, but 2013-14 was one of the best offensive years of his career. He heads into 2014-15 as a top-20 fantasy blueliner.
Markov (rest) will not travel to Chicago for Wednesday's game.
The Canadiens will let their 35-year-old defenseman stay in Montreal and wait for Thursday's game vs. the Islanders. The Habs are locked into a playoff spot, so they have the luxury of resting players down the stretch.