Monday, April 20, 2009

Light at the end of the tunnel?

Robert Lang donned the equipment Monday morning before the Habs jumped on the ice for their game-day skate, a change from his skate a day prior when he was just in a track suit.

I'm not sure if that's a sign of improvement, but he was apparently skating a bit harder than he was Sunday.

He was joined by Andrei Markov, which means Markov will not be skating with his teammates in about 15 minutes or so. According to Bob Gainey's criteria for when a player is ready, that would mean Markov will be out for Game 3 tonight because he hasn't practiced with the team.

However, Francis Bouillon didn't practice with the team before being thrown into the fire of Game 2, so who knows what will happen?

I'm pretty sure Gainey's going to say neither Lang nor Markov are available tonight, of he answers the question at all. But it's a do or die game, so if Markov is even close to being ready, I would imagine he'll be in the lineup.

But what do I, or anyone other than Gainey, really know anyway?


Arjun said...

We need Markov so badly it's sickening. What his presence does to our defense is just incredible. He's the closest the Habs have had to a non-goalie MVP in years.

Topham said...

I actually think having Lang back might be boost enough for this team. The trickle down effect could be a boost to three separate lines.

I love what Gainey is doing here. It's pains for you media guys Arpon, but it's a rare weapon in his arsenal vs. Julien – uncertainty.