RDS is reporting that Andrei Markov could make his long-awaited return to lineup for the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow in Anaheim.
The Habs’ star defenseman last played over a year ago (Nov. 13, 2010) when he tore up his knee against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Canadiens (10-10-4) will be thrilled to have Markov back in time for their tough three-games-in-four-nights road trip against the Ducks, Sharks (Thursday) and Kings (Saturday). Montreal is 5-5-2 in its last 12 outings, a middling stretch that followed a four-game winning streak that may have saved coach Jacques Martin’s job.
Markov should help the Habs’ awful power play (12.8%) while providing some veteran experience on a blue line that sorely needs it.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.