i found emelin stopped hitting when markov came back and was paired with him. i think he just wants to make sure he`s back there with him and doesn`t want to put too much pressure on him to cover possibly being out of the play from giving a hit. i think he is also allowing markov to coach him on some things so he`s being a student to pick up what he can from here to the end. just my guess anyway.
Emelin can't hit on the right side. When he was put there earlier this season, he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. Since being paired with Markov, he hasn't hit anything.
I'd put him back on the left. I hate Emelin on the right.