The Hat Trick: NHL Stars Returning

November 1st, 2010 by Matt Sitkoff Leave a reply »
Some more suspensions were handed out this week as the NHL continues to tolerate no extracurricular behavior during games. The league is serious about making the sport safer and throwing the book at repeat offenders that just don’t get the clue. With that said, let’s get to the Pucking Awesome Hat Trick. This week I am looking at three big stars that have returned or are returning to lineups around the NHL.


Canadiens Power Outage

The arrivals started on Saturday with the return of the Montreal Canadiens' top defender, Andrei Markov, from offseason knee surgery. The 31-year-old played his regular 23 minutes with 4:32 of that coming on the power play. The power play is where Markov will have the most impact since Montreal is tied for last in the league, scoring at 7.7 percent.

Of Markov's 283 career assists, 152 have come on the power play; and over half of his 80 goals, 41, have come with the man advantage.

Montreal has shown early that its Cinderella run through the postseason was not all about goalie Jaroslav Halak, as they sit atop the Northeast Division with a 7-3-1 record. 

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