2011-12 NHL Preview: Southeast Division

GM George McPhee was once again forced to re-align his roster after division rival Tampa Bay swept the Capitals in the second round of the playoffs. With a busy off-season, the Caps look like they’ve replaced quality for quantity, but the core of the team that has brought such success during the regular season is still in tact. With that in mind, Washington’s success seems imminent.

Does Wilson deserve another contract?

The 2011-12 NHL season kicks off for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, and it may very well be Ron Wilson’s last with the team. The Leafs’ head coach is in the last year of a four-year contract he signed in 2008, when then-Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher inked the former San Jose Sharks bench boss to a deal that Wilson’s Team USA friend and old buddy, Brian Burke, inherited. At the time, Wilson was seen as a fairly solid hire for the Leafs, considering he was on the heels of a very successful tenure with the Sharks, at least in the regular season, and also considering he once coached the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Neuvirth blanks Rangers, Capitals take 2-0 series lead

Jason Chimera and Jason Arnott scored within a 1:57 span in the second period and Michal Neuvirth made 22 saves to lift the Washington Capitals to a 2-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday night and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference quarter-final series.