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02-23-2013, 11:23 AM
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and for you stat junkies out there:
The plus/minus numbers arenít alarming, but the underlying stats are a little: the Habsí goaliesí save percentage when their top defenceman is on the ice is .904,
the worst rating of any blueliner on the team.
Aha, youíll say, Markov plays against tougher competition than the others.
Actually, Josh Gorges has been logging the hardest minutes against the other teamís best players. And the save percentage when heís on the ice is .954 (you can look all this up at behindthenet.ca).
I think it's playing big minutes the first month that has caught up to him. He has barely played the last 2 years, KHL this year did help, but the intensity and compact schedule of this NHL season is really taxing...plus he's played against top lines and a lot of PK minutes. He seems to have lost a half to full step the last couple weeks.
Hopefully they can scale back his ice time and tough assignments a bit. I think he'll get his second wind. His skating was still at a level where he can be a very good NHL d-man at the start of the year.
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