Breaking News: Markov to return tomorrow night vs. Islanders!

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It truly is a time for rejoicing for Habs fans, despite recent struggles on the ice for their favorite team.

Despite the uncertain status of his injury, it looks as if Andrei Markov will be returning to action tomorrow night as the Habs visit the New York Islanders. RDS broke the story only a little while ago. This news comes only days after Pat Hickey broke the news that Markov could return this week. RDS has essentially confirmed Pat Hickey's story. (English story here)

Markov met with team doctors last night, and it looks as if they gave him the go ahead for tomorrow's game, far ahead of the original return timetable, which was February at the earlier. Markov proved to be resilient in his rehabilitation, showing incredible desire to heal and return to action. He should be a big help for the struggling habs, who look to break a 5 game losing streak, the latest loss coming at the hands of the Minnesota Wild last night at the Bell Centre.

It will not only be a Christmas present for the Habs, but a birthday present for Markov, who turns 31 tomorrow.

In other injury news:

- Brian Gionta skated alone today with the Canadiens conditioning coach, and he will accompany the team on their road trip. No word on when he will return, but it should be soon.

- No word on Roman Hamrlik, but he's doubtful for tomorrow's game.

- Yannick Weber, who was recalled to replace Hamrlik in last night't game, but didn't see any action due to the returning Paul Mara, was sent back down to Hamilton today. Also along for the trip was Tom Pyatt, who failed to accumulate any points in 19 games. He was a -9, but played better than his statistics showed.

- Marc-Andre Bergeron, who leads all Habs defensemen in points, will dress on the 4th line for tomorrow's game, and will presumably receive heavy amounts of powerplay time on the point.

More tomorrow before the game,

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