Metropolitan Division

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Metropolitan Division
Conference Eastern Conference
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Founded 2013
No. of teams 8
Most recent Metropolitan Division champion(s) Washington Capitals (3rd title)
Most Metropolitan Division titles Washington Capitals (3)

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.

The Metropolitan Division contains some of the most historic and intense rivalries in the NHL, including Flyers–Rangers, Devils–Rangers, Flyers–Penguins, Capitals–Penguins, Islanders–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.

Division lineups


Changes from the 2012–13 season

  • 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 Champions

Season results

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)

Stanley Cup winners produced

  1. 2016—Pittsburgh Penguins
  2. 2017—Pittsburgh Penguins

Presidents' Trophy winners produced

  1. 2015—New York Rangers
  2. 2016—Washington Capitals
  3. 2017—Washington Capitals

Metropolitan Division titles won by team

Team Divisions Won Last Year Won
Washington Capitals 3 2018
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

Teams in bold are currently in the division.


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