The Southeast Unleashed – October 2011 Edition

The NHL’s Southeast Division was formed in 1998 as a part of the Eastern Conference due to expansion. It has had two Stanley Cup winning teams, the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning and the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes.

Each month we will update you on the relevant news and notes of all five Southeast Division teams.

Washington Capitals – 7-1-0 – 14 points

Check out the Caps season preview, “Game On:  Back to Hockey” – Read the full story here.

The Caps started fast and you can get all the details in, “Ice Chips:  Off on the Right Foot” – Read the full story here.

Are the Caps a one line show? – Read the full story here.

Who would the Caps players call if they were thrown in jail? – Watch it here.

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Florida Panthers – 5-4-0 – 10 points

Hockey Independent’s Rudi Genovese gives you a season preview of the new look Florida Panthers in his post, “Here We Go.” – Read the full story here.

Genovese also discusses the Panthers strong start. – Read the full story here.

How long it will take for the Florida Panthers to play as a team after acquiring 12 new players? Find the answer in “How Long For the Team to Gel?” – Read the full story here.

The Panthers have already made a big trade. – Read the full story here.

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Tampa Bay Lightning – 4-4-2 – 10 points

Hockey Independent gets you ready for the Lightning season with the season preview, “Master Chef Yzerman is Whipping up a Winner.” – Read the full story here.

HI also questions Bolts coach Guy Boucher’s decision making in. “Did Boucher Outsmart Himself and Cost the Bolts a Point?” – Read the full story here.

The Bolts decided to keep rookie Brett Connolly. Was it the right decision? – Read the full story here.

You can also follow the Lightning in Hockey Independent’s “Tampa Bay Lightning Week in Review” series. – Read the latest weekly review here.

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Carolina Hurricanes – 4-3-3 – 11 points

The ‘Canes special teams are clicking. – Read the full story here.

Although he didn’t make the team out of training camp, Brett Sutter is back in Carolina now. – Read the full story here.

For the Hurricanes, a six-day, three-game road swing produced a 1-1-1 record. There were good moments and bad on the ice. – Read the full story here.

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Winnipeg Jets – 3-5-1 – 7 points

Now that Mark Scheifele has been sent down, do the Jets need to replace him? – Read the full story here.

Tempers flare between the Jets and Shaw Cable. – Read the full story here.

Jets assistant coach is flying high with his new team. – Read the full story here.

Winnipeg fans still on cloud nine. – Read the full story here.

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About the Author: WB Philp is a published hockey writer who has a built in disdain for Barry Melrose. He covered the Detroit sports teams for many years until he came to his senses and moved to the Sunshine State. He is a true puckhead on a mission from God (Gordie Howe) to make hockey relevant in the south. He lives in Hockey Bay USA and covers the Lightning full time. Did I mention he hates Barry Melrose?

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