Tinordi called up, will Markov be forced to rest?
Coach Therrien says he wants to experiment with his D-pairs on the regular-season-ending roadtrip. Things may already have blown up.
Andrei Markov may not want it, but he could be forced to rest Thursday night in Winnipeg. Jarred Tinordi has been recalled, will practise Wednesday afternoon with the team and could return to the lineup against the playoff-desperate Jets.
Markov, when congratulated the other day for his Masterton Trophy nomination and the fact he'd played every Habs' game this season, blurted "still 3 games left" as if he'd just been jinxed.
The veteran defenseman who missed most of the last 2 seasons is struggling with a career-worst -12 and is missing his hard-hitting defense partner Alexei Emelin who is out for the season.
Weber and Diaz were also bystanders to Jersey goals which left Carey Price little or no chance in the 3-2 loss, the Habs' 5th in 6 games since clinching their playoff berth.
Tuesday night in Jersey was case in point: Markov nowhere to be found on the first Devils goal and the Canadiens defense corps throwing a grand total of just 5 hits all game (PK Subban the only D-man with more than 1 hit.)
Tinordi racked up 3 hits in his first 6 games in the NHL and has great up-side for physical play, while Emelin blasted into opponents at the rate of 2.9 hits/game. He still leads the club in hits with 110, well ahead of Brandon Prust with 84.
Another option could be dressing 7 D, so Markov can still contribute offensively on the power-play. Yannick Weber has been blessed/cursed with the ability to play as a forward as well.
Fourth-liners Prust and Colby Armstrong failed to make a big impression on the Devils or along the boards, combining for a grand total of 1 hit (by @armdog). Hardly the hard way to play for the Stanley Cup playoffs.