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02-27-2013, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Et le But View Post
He's also playing with a slow but offensive minded Markov, and as elite as Markov's positioning is, you don't want to force Markov to get into a foot race by being out of position to make a big hit. Markov is a lot more conservative out there on even strength than he used to be, but if Emelin ignored positioning to hit everything that moved Markov would pretty much have to park himself in front of the net.

I mean I'd lvoe to see Emelin wreck more guys this year, but we need him to play defense too.
If you go back and look at his big hits from last year either the opposing player was all alone in the attacking zone or there was a forward backchecking that was able to cover for him. He definetly tries as much as possible to ensure that when he goes out of position for the big hit it doesn't hurt the team.

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