TSN: Habs scratch Begin, Kostopoulos vs. Preds

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    Habster:

    It would appear that Guy Carbonneau is growing tired of the inconsistent play of some of his forwards and also wants more speed up front against the quick Nashville Predators. Having Mark Streit and Josh Gorges in the lineup gives Carbonneau some added options in case the ailing Andrei Markov has difficulties finishing the game.
    There is a growing concern about the unknown lingering injury that seems to have altered the usually solid Andrei Markov game. Markov has been making mistakes in his own zone and just doesn’t look right ever since he took that fall into the boards, give him full credit for playing through the injury but wouldn’t it be better if he sat out a few games to rest and convalesce the injury.

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Forwards
    Latendresse-Koivu-Higgins
    Kostitsyn-Plekanec-Kovalev
    Ryder-Chipchura-Dandenault
    Smolinski-Grabovski-Streit

    Defence
    Markov – Komisarek
    Hamrlik – Brisebois
    Bouillon – Gorges

    Goaltender
    Huet

    Spares:
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    Kostopoulos