Metropolitan Division

Metropolitan Division
Conference Eastern Conference
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Formerly Patrick Division
Founded 1993
No. of teams 8
Most recent Metropolitan Division champion(s) Washington Capitals (3rd title)
Most Metropolitan Division titles New Jersey Devils (9)

The NHL’s Metropolitan Division was formed in 1993 as part of a league realignment. Its predecessor was the Patrick Division. It was known as the Atlantic Division for its first 19 seasons until the 2013 league realignment, when it adopted its current name and added three teams. The current Atlantic Division simply took its name from the previous one, after being known as the Northeast Division for 19 seasons. Like the Metropolitan, it added three teams.

This is the only division in the league based entirely in the United States, and has been the strongest division since the 1993 realignment in terms of combined Stanley Cups (8).

Current standings

Metropolitan Division
1 Carolina Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Columbus Blue Jackets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 New Jersey Devils 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 New York Islanders 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 New York Rangers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Philadelphia Flyers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Pittsburgh Penguins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 Washington Capitals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First game(s) will be played on October 3, 2018. Source: National Hockey League

Division lineups


Changes from the 1992–93 season

  • The Atlantic Division is formed as a result of NHL realignment
  • The New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Washington Capitals come from the Patrick Division
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning come from the Norris Division
  • The Florida Panthers are added as an expansion team


Changes from the 1997–98 season


Changes from the 2012–13 season

  • The Atlantic Division becomes the Metropolitan Division as the league realigns from six divisions to four, keeping the divisions evenly split between the East and West
  • The Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals come from the dissolved Southeast Division (with the latter returning to this division after a 14-season absence)
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets come from the Central Division

Division champions

Season results

1993–94NY Rangers (112)‡†New Jersey (106)Washington (88)NY Islanders (84)Florida (83)Philadelphia (80)Tampa Bay (71)
1994–95Philadelphia (60)New Jersey (52)Washington (52)NY Rangers (47)Florida (46)Tampa Bay (37)NY Islanders (35)
1995–96Philadelphia (103)NY Rangers (96)Florida (92)Washington (89)Tampa Bay (88)New Jersey (86)NY Islanders (54)
1996–97New Jersey (104)Philadelphia (103)Florida (89)NY Rangers (86)Washington (75)Tampa Bay (74)NY Islanders (70)
1997–98New Jersey (107)Philadelphia (95)Washington (92)NY Islanders (71)NY Rangers (68)Florida (63)Tampa Bay (44)
1998–99New Jersey (105)Philadelphia (93)Pittsburgh (90)NY Rangers (77)NY Islanders (58)
1999–2000Philadelphia (105)New Jersey (103)Pittsburgh (88)NY Rangers (73)NY Islanders (58)
2000–01New Jersey (111)Philadelphia (100)Pittsburgh (96)NY Rangers (72)NY Islanders (52)
2001–02Philadelphia (97)NY Islanders (96)New Jersey (95)NY Rangers (80)Pittsburgh (69)
2002–03New Jersey (108)Philadelphia (107)NY Islanders (83)NY Rangers (78)Pittsburgh (65)
2003–04Philadelphia (101)New Jersey (100)NY Islanders (91)NY Rangers (69)Pittsburgh (58)
2004–05No season due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06New Jersey (101)Philadelphia (101)NY Rangers (100)NY Islanders (78)Pittsburgh (58)
2006–07New Jersey (107)Pittsburgh (105)NY Rangers (94)NY Islanders (92)Philadelphia (56)
2007–08Pittsburgh (102)New Jersey (99)NY Rangers (97)Philadelphia (95)NY Islanders (79)
2008–09New Jersey (106)Pittsburgh (99)Philadelphia (99)NY Rangers (95)NY Islanders (61)
2009–10New Jersey (103)Pittsburgh (101)Philadelphia (88)NY Rangers (87)NY Islanders (79)
2010–11Philadelphia (106)Pittsburgh (106)NY Rangers (93)New Jersey (81)NY Islanders (73)
2011–12NY Rangers (109)Pittsburgh (108)Philadelphia (103)New Jersey (102)NY Islanders (79)
2012–13Pittsburgh (72)NY Rangers (56)NY Islanders (55)Philadelphia (49)New Jersey (48)
2013–14Pittsburgh (109)NY Rangers (96)Philadelphia (94)Columbus (93)Washington (90)New Jersey (88)Carolina (83)NY Islanders (79)
2014–15NY Rangers (113)Washington (101)NY Islanders (101)Pittsburgh (98)Columbus (89)Philadelphia (84)New Jersey (78)Carolina (71)
2015–16Washington (120)Pittsburgh (104)NY Rangers (101)NY Islanders (100)Philadelphia (96)Carolina (86)New Jersey (84)Columbus (76)
2016–17Washington (118)Pittsburgh (111)Columbus (108)NY Rangers (102)NY Islanders (94)Philadelphia (88)Carolina (87)New Jersey (70)
2017–18Washington (105)Pittsburgh (100)Philadelphia (98)Columbus (97)New Jersey (97)Carolina (83)NY Islanders (80)NY Rangers (77)

Stanley Cup winners produced

  1. 1994—New York Rangers
  2. 1995—New Jersey Devils
  3. 2000—New Jersey Devils
  4. 2003—New Jersey Devils
  5. 2009—Pittsburgh Penguins
  6. 2016—Pittsburgh Penguins
  7. 2017—Pittsburgh Penguins
  8. 2018—Washington Capitals

Presidents' Trophy winners produced

  1. 1994—New York Rangers
  2. 2015—New York Rangers
  3. 2016—Washington Capitals
  4. 2017—Washington Capitals

Metropolitan Division titles won by team

Team Number of championships won Last year won
New Jersey Devils 9 2010
Philadelphia Flyers 6 2011
Washington Capitals 3 2018
New York Rangers 2 2015
Pittsburgh Penguins 2 2013
Carolina Hurricanes 0
Columbus Blue Jackets 0
Florida Panthers 0
New York Islanders 0
Tampa Bay Lightning 0

Teams in bold are currently in the division.


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