VANCOUVER - Hes back! For the first time since November 13, 2010, the Canadiens will have Andrei Markov on their blue line tonight as the Habs face the Canucks in Vancouver. Markov took the morning skate, and did not stay out late for any extra work. The team informed media he would only speak after the game tonight if he was to play. In his morning media scrum, head coach Randy Cunneyworth said the Canadiens will dress 12 forwards and seven defenseman for the warm-up and that Markov would be a game time decision. Earlier Saturday, Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier confirmed Markov will play during an intermission interview on the Hamilton Bulldogs broadcast. Barring any setbacks tonight during the warm-up, the most likely scenario will see the Canadiens dress seven defensemen to help balance out the ice-time for Markov, as he also is recovering from a touch of the flu. The Canadiens announced this morning that Markov was taken off the injured reserve list and put on the active roster. While there was no timetable set for Markovs return, the thought was he would play as soon as he was 100% ready to go. The fact it comes on the road and against the Canucks is just how the timing worked out. With just 13 games left in the Habs season, ideally they need to see Markov play as many games as he can down the stretch to evaluate where his game is, and to plan for the off-season, knowing the health status of their defenceman. Shutting him down for the entire year would put the Canadiens in a similar position as this year where it would be a bit of a guessing game, something that wouldnt bode well for the rebuild of the club. Markov only appeared in seven games last season, and for the most part has missed almost a full two seasons of NHL hockey. Notes: Carey Price will get the start in goal tonight for Montreal, while Max Pacioretty is riding a four-game point streak tonight with five goals and eight points during that stretch. You can follow me on Twitter @BartsBytes Dave Zastudil Jersey . LOUIS -- St. Jasper Brinkley Jersey . Jakub Voracek scored the go-ahead goal with 1:31 remaining in the third period to cap his first career NHL hat trick, leading the Flyers to a wild 6-5 victory over the Penguins on Wednesday. http://www.cardinalsofficialteamstore.c ... qe-82.html
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