Audio: Markov skates with team; Gill game-time

Rehabbing Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov leans into a slap shot today during morning skate at Mellon Arena.
Allen McInnis, Gazette

AUDIO: Jacques Martin | Dan Bylsma | Ryan O’Byrne | Glen Metropolit | Jaroslav Spacek | Sidney Crosby | Marc-André Fleury | Chris Kunitz

Canadiens defenceman Andrei Markov, still nursing a right knee injury, had his first full equipment practice with his teammates this morning, but coach Jacques Martin was non-committal about any use of the Russian all-star tonight.

Hal Gill will be a game-time decision. With bodies getting healthier, Martin still said he didn’t believe his team needed eight defencemen. One scenario tonight, should Gill be ready to go, would see Marc-André Bergeron moving up to a forward spot with perhaps Mathieu Darche taking a press box seat.

Defenceman Hal Gill talks with coach Jacques Martin this morning. Allen McInnis, Gazette

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