The Gazette’s Pat Hickey wonders what has happened to Andrei Markov? The Canadiens’ No. 1 defenceman has been struggling lately, and head coach Guy Carbonneau is starting to get concerned.
"Maybe he sees himself in the All-Star Game too quick," Carbonneau said. "I don’t think he’s injured. But his play on the ice is not where it should be. We’ve talked to him about it. We need him to get back to where he was early in the year. He should be our best defenceman and right now he’s not."
Markov is minus-12 over the last 10 games and he has only collected four assists during that time.
Hickey writes that Markov isn’t the Canadiens’ only concern.
As the team’s losing
streak reached three games, Christopher Higgins said: "Every team that comes out of a losing streak has someone that steps up and makes a big play at a key point in the game.
"We need that, but it seems that everyone is waiting for someone to do it."