In any case, though, I do agree with the rest of your post. Hopefully Emelin's return will give us some help on that front by allowing us to move Markov around to help out another pairing.
I think Emelin will be a huge boost. Not only is he probably our second best d-man defensively, but he was starting to show a decent amount of offensive upside too. He's pretty unique as far as defenseman go. I think he and Subban have the potential to be almost as dynamic as Markov and Subban.
Not positive but I believe the stats were even strength and in regulation.
Makes sense if that's the case. Possession numbers with special teams can be pretty skewed.