The Canadiens got a scare Saturday night when defenceman Andrei Markov went down awkwardly during a collision with the Buffalo Sabres’ Tyler Ennis and appeared to twist his left knee (photo above).
Markov has twice had surgery on his right knee for major ACL reconstruction. But this time Markov and the Canadiens dodged a bullet with the defenceman staying in the game Saturday. He was back on the ice with his teammates for practice Monday morning in Brossard and looked fine with no damage done to his left knee.
Markov has played in all 31 games this season, posting 2-17-19 totals and a plus-13 while averaging 25:28 of ice time. The Russian defenceman has now played in 89 consecutive regular-season games, dating back to March 16, 2012. The only Canadiens player with more consecutive games played is defenceman Josh with 161 dating back to April 9, 2011. Gorges left practice early on Monday for what the club called “maintenance” and should be in the lineup Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN Radio 690).
Alex Galchenyuk, who is third on the Canadiens’ consecutive-games-played list at 79, was skating on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta at practice Monday, while Daniel Briere was on a line with Lars Eller and Michael Bournival. Rene Bourque, who has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury, didn’t take part in the practice.
Carey Price will start in goal when the Canadiens face the Kings Tuesday night with Habs coach Michel Therrien planning to use the same lineup that faced the Sabres Saturday night.
After Tuesday’s game, the Canadiens travel to Philadelphia to face the Flyers on Thursday, are in Long Island, N.Y., to take on the Islanders Saturday, then return home for a rare Sunday game at 6 p.m. against the Phoenix Coyotes at the Bell Centre.
Here’s how the forward lines and defence pairings looked at practice:
(Photo by Dave Sidaway/The Gazette)