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04-26-2013, 05:52 PM
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ChesterNimitz
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There is such parity in the league today that a minor setback/change can have a much larger effect on a team's fortunes. In the Canadiens' case, the loss of Emelin has had a spiraling effect. The three top defenseman (Markov, Gorges and Subban) have been required to play additional minutes and have become worn down as a result. This applies particularly to Markov who hasn't played a full season in almost two years. You can see the effects of fatigue markedly lessening the quality of his play. Unless they can somehow become re-energized, this team won't last long in the playoffs.

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