Jason Spezza was given more icetime last night than Marian Hossa. Does that mean head coach Jacques Martin thinks he's the better player? Absolutely not. It just happened that way... he just felt Spezza was more effective and probably wanted to encourage him for his good work.
With that being said, Markov sure didn't have his best game, and Hainsey was having good shifts out there. No need to worry here, it doesn't these guys will get the same icetime they got last night. It all depends on who's hot and who's not.
wasent Markov injured a bit during preseason? I fought I read it some were. That could be part of the reason.
I'm pretty sure he pulled his groin during the preseason. I don't think it was a factor in his play last night. He just had an off game. Everyone has them and quite frankly, I'd rather him have it during the start of the season against a team that we likely aren't going to beat, rather than nearing the end of the season when we could be in a playoff race.
Strange but true: Markov got the most icetime in the second game versus Toronto (24:11), even more than any Toronto players. The result is a big victory. Markov was not really good in the first period, so Julien shouldn`t give him more icetime in the next two period but he did.
He deserve to have 20:00 and up every game, even if his play isn`t that good. Did you see Lidstrom having less than 20:00 often?