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The National Hockey League's Metropolitan Division was formed in 2013 as part of the Eastern Conference in a league realignment.[1] It is also a successor of the original Atlantic Division and one of the two successors to the Southeast Division. Six of its teams were previously together in the Patrick Division from 1981 to 1993 (one joined in 1982). It is the only NHL division without a Canadian team, with five of the division's clubs located in either the New York City area or in Pennsylvania.

Metropolitan Division
ConferenceEastern Conference
LeagueNational Hockey League
SportIce hockey
Founded2013
Teams
No. of teams8
Championships
Most recent Metropolitan Division champion(s)Washington Capitals (4th title)
Most Metropolitan Division titlesWashington Capitals (4 titles)

The Metropolitan Division contains some of the most historic and intense rivalries in the NHL, including Flyers–Penguins, Devils–Rangers, Capitals–Penguins, Islanders–Rangers, Capitals–Rangers, Flyers–Rangers, Capitals–Flyers, and Devils–Flyers. Three of its teams (Rangers, Islanders, Devils) are within the league's largest market (New York), the Flyers are in the fourth largest market (Philadelphia), and the Capitals are in the seventh largest (Washington, D.C.). Games between Metropolitan Division teams are frequently shown on national television.

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Current standingsEdit

Metropolitan Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 82 48 26 8 44 278 249 +29 104
2 x – New York Islanders 82 48 27 7 43 228 196 +32 103
3 x – Pittsburgh Penguins 82 44 26 12 42 273 241 +32 100
4 x – Carolina Hurricanes 82 46 29 7 44 245 223 +22 99
5 x – Columbus Blue Jackets 82 47 31 4 45 258 232 +26 98
6 Philadelphia Flyers 82 37 37 8 34 244 281 −37 82
7 New York Rangers 82 32 36 14 26 227 272 −45 78
8 New Jersey Devils 82 31 41 10 28 222 275 −53 72
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

Division lineupsEdit

2013–presentEdit

Changes from the 2012–13 seasonEdit

  • The Metropolitan Division is formed due to NHL realignment
  • The Northeast and Southeast Divisions are dissolved due to NHL realignment
  • The New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins come from the original Atlantic Division
  • The Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals come from the Southeast Division
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets come from the Central Division

Division championsEdit

Season resultsEdit

Season 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
2013–14 Pittsburgh (109) NY Rangers (96) Philadelphia (94) Columbus (93) Washington (90) New Jersey (88) Carolina (83) NY Islanders (79)
2014–15 NY Rangers (113) Washington (101) NY Islanders (101) Pittsburgh (98) Columbus (89) Philadelphia (84) New Jersey (78) Carolina (71)
2015–16 Washington (120) Pittsburgh (104) NY Rangers (101) NY Islanders (100) Philadelphia (96) Carolina (86) New Jersey (84) Columbus (76)
2016–17 Washington (118) Pittsburgh (111) Columbus (108) NY Rangers (102) NY Islanders (94) Philadelphia (88) Carolina (87) New Jersey (70)
2017–18 Washington (105) Pittsburgh (100) Philadelphia (98) Columbus (97) New Jersey (97) Carolina (83) NY Islanders (80) NY Rangers (77)
2018–19 Washington (104) NY Islanders (103) Pittsburgh (100) Carolina (99) Columbus (98) Philadelphia (82) NY Rangers (78) New Jersey (72)

Stanley Cup winners producedEdit

Presidents' Trophy winners producedEdit

Metropolitan Division titles won by teamEdit

Teams in bold are currently in the division.

Team Wins Last win
Washington Capitals 4 2019
New York Rangers 1 2015
Pittsburgh Penguins 1 2014
Carolina Hurricanes 0
Columbus Blue Jackets 0
New Jersey Devils 0
New York Islanders 0
Philadelphia Flyers 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NHL introduces new division names with schedule". National Hockey League. July 19, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2016.