Nov 29, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT
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.
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