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04-17-2013, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Poulet Kostopoulos View Post
Yeah. It's stupid to claim this slump is due to one single guy, and that guy is nowhere near a star player by any stretch of the imagination. The cause is a combo of multiple events (clinching a PO spot is one).

Edit: it's the culmination of multiple events
- clinching PO spot
- losing another regular D in emelin
- Price plays bad
- DD/Maxpac keep being unproductive while defensively-chanllenged as always.
- Ryder dried up after being moved away from Plek
- Gionta still very very average
I agree with this completely. It is a combination of multiple factors that has led to us playing this poorly. I believe it is no simple coincidence that as soon as the Habs clinch the playoffs, they start to take their foot off the pedal.

Originally Posted by Marc the Habs Fan View Post
Disagree, it's a significant injury because Markov has turned into a glorified version of Kaberle since Emelin went out.

So basically, we lost the 5 on 5 version of Markov AND Emelin's contributions with the injury.

This current D is comparable to the lowly depths of last year. We have 1 pair you can trust...and Gorges has been HORSE**** the last few games.

Any team with 2 potent offensive lines is going to **** us.
Markov was always bad defensively all season. Emelin helped make up for it sometimes because he is decent defensively and uses his body well, but by no means is he a game-changer. He is a simple second pairing defenseman who plays his role well, and that is missed for sure. It's not like Emelin made Markov the player he was... so it doesn't make sense to say Emelin made Markov worse.

He has been poor all season. Gorges, Bouillon and Drew have been pretty bad. Our rookies/Weber are not good enough yet. Markov is no good on defense. Subban is the only competent defense at both ends.

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