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04-06-2014, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by habs03 View Post
Again, when you don't have 3 Lefty Dmen, and 3 Righty dmen, as is the case with most NHL teams, since forever. You have to put someone on their offside and are forced to not play to the strenght.

At that point, you have to figure out who is least effected by the change.
The bolded part is what I'm talking about. Passing is one of Markov's biggest strengths so you maximize that strength by putting him on the left side. If it means someone who isn't as good passing wise plays his offside then so be it.

A defenceman who can pass well needs to be on his correct side more so than someone who isn't good with the puck.

EDIT: Just to clarify your position seems to be Emelin is already worse than Markov at passing so let's not put Emelin on the right side and expose that "weakness" even more. I can't get behind that because it's playing not to lose rather than playing to win. Instead we should put our best players in the best situations/roles and try to win on their strengths rather than have them cover for lesser players weaknesses.

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