NHL Power Rankings: Southeast Division

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NHL Power Rankings: Southeast Division
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Staying in the division, Alexander Semin leaves the Caps and joins the 'Canes

The Alexander Semin question found an answer on Thursday. Semin left the Washington Capitals and joined Southeast Division rival, the Carolina Hurricanes.

Semin has been inconsistent but he could be a valuable piece for the 'Canes, and could cause a changing of the guard in the Southeast.

Last season, the Southeast Division finished with all five teams within 12 points. Up until the final few weeks of the season, it didn't look like anyone wanted to win the division.

Eventually, the Florida Panthers claimed the division crown with 94 points, two ahead of the Washington Capitals.

The Caps also made the playoffs as the seventh-seed in the Eastern Conference. They nearly won the division title by finishing 6-2-2 in the last 10 games of the season.

The Panthers sputtered down the stretch going 2-3-5 in the final 10 games, but held on.

Tampa Bay was plagued by injuries on defense and in goal. They finished third with 84 points.

Winnipeg, in their first season since moving from Atlanta, looked a little jet-lagged at points. They tied with the Bolts with 84 points but had the best record against division teams.

Carolina claimed the division cellar with 82 points and was the only team with a losing record against teams in the Southeast.

The offseason has seen some big names come to the division, causing a change in the pecking order.  

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