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Metropolitan Division

Metropolitan Division
Conference Eastern Conference
League National Hockey League
Sport Ice Hockey
Inaugural season 2013–14 season
No. of teams
Most recent champion(s) (1st title)
Most titles (1 each)

The National Hockey League's Metropolitan Division was formed in 2013 as part of the Eastern Conference in a league realignment. It is also a successor of the Atlantic Division and one of the two successors to the Southeast Division. Six of its teams were previously together in the Patrick Division from 1981–93 (one joined in 1982). As of the 2013–14 season, it is the only NHL division without a Canadian team. Five of the division's teams are 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, Rangers-Islanders, and Devils-Flyers. Three of its teams (Rangers, Islanders, Devils) are within the league's largest market (New York), the Flyers are in the fifth largest market (Philadelphia), and the Capitals in the ninth 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,
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