The NHL's Metropolitan Division could also be described as America's division. It's the only one among the NHL's four divisions that doesn't contain a single Canadian club. What it does contain are some of the most dominant NHL franchises in recent years. In 1928, the New York Rangers were the first American NHL team to win the Stanley Cup. In 1973-74 and 1974-75, the Philadelphia Flyers won back-to-back Cups, becoming the first of the NHL's 1967 expansion teams to lift Lord Stanley's mug.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, another of the NHL's 1967 expansion clubs, won back-to-back Cups in 1990-91 and 1991-92 and again in 2105-16 and 2016-17. The New York Islanders set a record for an American NHL team, winning four successive Cups from 1979-80 through 1982-83. The New Jersey Devils won a trio of Cups (1994-95, 1999-2000, 2002-03) and the Carolina Hurricanes (2005-06) also show a Cup on their resume.
Only the Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals have yet to capture the Cup among the Metropolitan Division teams, though the Capitals did play in the 1997-98 finals, losing to the Detroit Red Wings.
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A division loaded with great teams, the Metropolitan Division is also where the stars come out. Since the NHL went to a salary cap structure in 2005, the Metropolitan Division has produced multiple NHL scoring champions.
The division's teams have produced a number of NHL MVPs and many NHL goal scoring leaders over the same span. They've also got the stoppers. Several times in that timeframe a Metropolitan Division netminder has earned the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalie.
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Here you will see the daily standings for the NHL's Metropolitan Division. This is vital information to those anticipating a wager on a game involving a Metropolitan Division team.
One factor that certainly plays a role with Metropolitan Division teams is that with such close proximity among so many of the teams, travel really isn't an issue. The New York Rangers play in Manhattan and the New York Islanders in nearby Brooklyn, so they can bus to games against each other. Heck, it's New York City. They could even cab it. The Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils are a stone's throw away, making those trips short jaunts as well.
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A division populated with legendary franchises and game-changing superstars, and with teams so tightly grouped together geographically, the NHL's Metropolitan Division lends itself to an exciting, passionate brand of hockey, making for solid wagering options. On any given night you can see an unbelievable performance from the likes of Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin.
The fans at New York's Madison Square Garden and Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center are among the most demanding in sports, and that only adds to the intense environment amidst a heated Metropolitan Division rivalry game.
Whether it's a crosstown battle between the New York Rangers and New York Islanders, a cross-state showdown pitting the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Philadelphia Flyers, or the Washington Capitals against the New Jersey Devils, you can count on a thrilling battle every night when the best of the Metropolitan Division clash on the ice.