I am almost certain he will not be back for game 1. This means we need to play our ***** off to start the series. That win would be so huge. I really think the onus is going to be on the D...Komi in particular who, if he plays like super Komi (smart, in position, making good hits, not swiping at the puck or failing to get it out) will allow the whole D corps to be effective against the B's attack. Hammer also has to eliminate all brain farts and it wouldn't hurt if we saw some of his offensive talent with some accurate slappers as soon as he gets it from the left winger on the boards.
Game 2...again, depends on the result of game 1. Doubt Markov will be 100% (it's only 48 hrs later after all..these things aren't exact, you don't go from 50% to 100% with that kind of injury in 2 days). If game 1 looked bad, though, yeah I think Bob MIGHT bring him back.
I think Markov will be back probably by game 3, and I would not be suprised to see Lang there aswell, the article says he's walking better, has increased his workout routine, I don't think you do that unless you realistically believe you may be back. hasn't skated yet though, wishful thinking maybe I don't know!!!
Is it possible that Markov suffered a concussion and can not doing anything for three weeks? After that if there is no more headache, fatigue then he is allowed to return to the game. This look more and more likely (still speculation on my part).