Andrei Markov’s return to the Canadiens imminent…Oilers lose Taylor Hall to shoulder injury…Cory Schneider gets sixth straight start for Canucks…The cost to the Leafs if they re-sign head coach Ron Wilson…T.J. Brodie cherishes first NHL goal…Senators coach has fond memories of his days as a Jet…Defense a patchwork for Jets.


Markov could return against Ducks on Wednesday.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Veteran defenseman Andrei Markov, sidelined since the start of the season to a knee injury, could make his return on Wednesday against the Anaheim Ducks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If he can remain healthy for the rest of the season, he’ll provide a much-needed boost to the Canadiens defense.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Taylor Hall will miss two-four weeks to a shoulder injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hall’s absence will be keenly felt, but it could’ve been much worse. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Cory Schneider makes his sixth straight start tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rumormongers will claim this is the Canucks way of showcasing Schneider to trade him, or they’ll claim they’re trying to move Luongo. Neither is true. This is a team riding a hot goaltender, nothing more.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs could lose Dallas Eakins, current head coach of their AHL affiliate, if they re-sign current head coach Ron Wilson.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Leafs make the playoffs, Wilson could be re-signed. Eakins could be lost to another team regardless of Wilson’s status.

CALGARY SUN: Flames rookie T.J. Brodie will be sending the puck which he scored his first NHL goal back home to his parents in the near future.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators head coach Paul MacLean has happy memories of his days as a Winnipeg Jet during the 1980s. MacLean’s Senators face off against the Jets tonight.

WINNIPEG SUN: Injuries have forced the Jets to use a “patchwork defense”, which so far has held its own.