Habs' power play looks for boost from Markov in season debut vs Panthers
The Habs, as first reported on CJAD 800, will welcome Andrei Markov to the lineup for the first time this season when they battle the Florida Panthers tonight. Markov will be paired up with PK Subban, making Alexandre Picard a healthy scratch for only the second time this season.
"The Habs Show" with Barry Morgan at 5 p.m.on CJAD leads you into the 6:30 p.m. Kaizen Sushi Bar and Restaurant Countdown to Opening Faceoff at the Bell Centre.
To a man, the Canadiens are encouraged by the club's 7-2-1 start without Markov, who coach Martin says will be another great on-ice teacher for Subban. Martin tells CJAD's Rick Moffat he likes the chemistry of his other duos: Gill-Gorges, Hamrlik-Spacek.
After the Canadiens' fourth straight victory, a 3-1 road win over the New York Islanders on Friday night, Benoit Pouliot, Alex Auld and Tomas Plekanec all told CJAD 800 that it will be a welcome sight to see #79 back on the ice in game action.
Pouliot scored the 3rd period winner at 7:19. Auld stopped 30 shots in his first win since last winter and Plekanec opened the scoring in the game's 3rd minute with his 5th goal. The Czech centreman's power play goal and Markov's return to the blueline could help boost Montreal's struggling man advantage against Florida.
Coach Jacques Martin said Thursday that the club would carry the NHL limit of 23 players on its roster once Markov would be back. Martin also said that Carey Price would return to the net against the Panthers.
Auld's first-star play in Uniondale does not change that plan. Price, Markov, O'Byrne, P.K. Subban, Lars Eller, Matthieu Darche and Dustin Boyd all took part in the optional gameday skate and fired pucks at Price, who was a 5-3 home winner over the Islanders on Wednesday.
Then, the 7 players joined their teammates for an 11 a.m. meeting.