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DON BRENNAN -- Sun Media

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79 ANDREI MARKOV D

Age: 28 Ht: 6 feet Wt: 204 lbs.

2007-08 Stats: 19 GP 6 G 11 A 17 P 14 Pims

THE SKINNY: Was a sixth-round pick (162 overall) of the Habs in the 1998 draft ... Has 52 goals and 172 assists in 430 NHL games ... Last season, set career highs in assists (43) and points (49) ... Had Montreal's lone goal in 3-1 loss to Ottawa Nov. 10 ... Has six goals and 11 assists in 32 career games vs. the Senators ... Regarded as one of the best two-way defencemen in the NHL ... Is the third-highest-scoring blueliner in the league, two points behind Sergei Gonchar.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

SENATORS: No injuries.

CANADIENS: No injuries.

NOTEWORTHY

Tonight's opening faceoff is slated for 7:38, after pre-game ceremonies to retire the jersey No. 19 worn by former Habs great Larry Robinson ... The Senators have won both meetings this season, taking a 4-3 decision Oct. 18 and a 3-1 game Nov. 10 ... This is the teams' first meeting in Montreal ... Although neither team has any listed injuries, Habs LW Christopher Higgins hurt his ankle in the first period of Saturday's win over Boston. He finished the game but was visibly in pain and, for the first time all season, was not available for media interviews afterward ... Part of the Habs' success stems from their balanced attack. Eight of them have at least 10 points. The Senators only have five players with at least 10 points ... Robinson is staying at the same downtown hotel as the Senators.


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