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Thin Blue Line: Markov due back soon

Weekly news, notes and rankings on fantasy hockey defensemen

Updated: December 16, 2009, 11:51 AM ET
By Victoria Matiash | Special to ESPN.com

The Montreal Canadiens, barely hanging on to the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, are about to receive the best holiday gift they could envision. After suffering severed tendons in his leg in early October, Andrei Markov is set to return to the lineup well ahead of schedule. Don't expect to see the elite defenseman in the lineup this week, but according to the Montreal Gazette, he will play before Christmas. Although coach Jacques Martin says the Habs will play "lots of games" before Markov ...

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