R.J. Umberger

NHL Eastern Conference team previews and predictions

NHL Eastern Conference team previews and predictions

Scoring champion and MVP Sidney Crosby and goal-scoring champ Alexander Ovechkin have more in common than shiny trophies. Both Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins and Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals have a new coach and general manager.

The Penguins, who squandered a 3-1 series lead over the New York Rangers in the second round of the playoffs, hired Mike Johnston for his first NHL head coaching job and appointed former Carolina executive Jim Rutherford their GM.

After missing the playoffs, the Capitals hired former Nashville coach Barry Trotz and promoted former assistant general manager Brian MacLellan.

Will new hands guide the two teams to successful seasons? How the East...

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