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Markov's Injury is minor: No Reason to Panic

March 17th, 2012; Montreal, QC, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov (79) before the game against the New York Islanders at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

Habs fans appeared to take the news than star defenseman Andrei Markov had been taken from a KHL game with a mix of horror, cynicism and dark humour amid usual panicked speculation.

Variations on the phrase “Markov is made of glass” were often employed.

This is understandable given his history with a 2 year battle with knee injuries removing him from the lineup for all but 20 games in the previous two seasons and the Habs generally tendency to collapse without him in the lineup. However, the initial reports said upper body injury, which should have put to rest any speculation of a re-injured knee.

New information confirms that we had nothing to worry about all along

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The reactions of those armed with this new information is telling though, look at the first response on twitter.

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There is a peculiar kind of confirmation bias at play here. Hockey players get these sorts of minor injuries all the time due to the nature of the sport they play. But for a player with a history of injury, to some any injury news is to be taken as proof that the guy is about to fall apart.

We see a similar process with Erik Cole, despite 2 seasons of perfect health some are just waiting for the other shoe to drop because he missed big time to a broken leg and a broken vertebrae in his past.

Minor everyday injuries aren’t a sign of any kind of fragility unless there is a pattern of them. Markov doesn’t have any pattern of losing games to minor injuries regularly, he has a recent pattern of taking forever to come back from one catastrophic injury. Which is different and should be treated as such.

Markov is expected to miss a single game due to bruised ribs and will return to regular play shortly.

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