While the teams that comprise the NHL’s Metropolitan Division haven’t won a Stanley Cup since the new division was christened in 2013, it’s hard to argue that this is the NHL’s most successful division from top to bottom since the NHL returned to action following the lockout that wiped out the entire 2004-05 season. Since the 2005-06 season, five of the eight teams in the division have played in the Stanley Cup final and two of them – the Carolina Hurricanes (2005-06) and Pittsburgh Penguins (2008-09) – earned the right to lift Lord Stanley’s mug.
The Philadelphia Flyers (2009-10), New Jersey Devils (2011-12) and New York Rangers (2013-14) were all vanquished finalists. Only the New York Islanders, Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets haven’t been part of this party, though the Capitals did play in the 1997-98 Stanley Cup final and the Islanders won four Stanley Cups between 1980-83, the NHL record for an American-based franchise.
Metropolitan Division Betting Lines Today
Have a look at all the upcoming betting lines for the Metropolitan Division. It’s a good place to start thinking about your future bets and where the best returns lie.
Metropolitan Division Standings Right Now
Here you will find the up to date Metropolitan Division standings and when it comes to rivalries, this division is loaded with them.
There’s the New York battle between the Islanders and Rangers, ramped up another notch since the Isles relocated from Long Island to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
The New Jersey Devils also hold healthy rivalries with both New York teams as well as the nearby Philadelphia Flyers. And there may be no better rivlary in hockey than the Pennsylvania showdown between the Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Recent playoff series battles have amped up the distaste between the Washington Capitals and the Penguins, Flyers and Rangers.
The teams on the outside looking in when it comes to rivalries are the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets. There’s no real natural rival for them in the division and since neither has enjoyed much success in the playoffs recently, building a rivalry via that avenue has also proven somewhat fruitless.
How To Win At Metropolitan Division Betting
Betting on the NHL’s Metropolitan Division is never a bad idea because so many teams in this group are driven by star power. The Pittsburgh Penguins are led by the 1-2 dynamite punch of Sidney Crosby and Egveni Malkin, while the Washington Capitals are powered by Alex Ovechkin. Between them that trio has won five NHL scoring titles, seven NHL goal-scoring crowns and have split a half dozen Hart Trophies as league MVP.
Playing on Broadway, the New York Rangers are always willing to do whatever it takes to upgrade their roster and in Henrik Lundqvist have a Vezina Trophy-winning goalie to back them up. John Tavares is an up-and-coming star for the New York Islanders who has twice been a Hart Trophy finalist.
It isn’t just Stanley Cups that the Metropolitan Division teams win. Since 2009-10 the Washington Capitals (2009-10, 2015-16) and New York Rangers (2014-15) have captured the President’s Trophy as the NHL’s top regular-season team. The Capitals (2010-11), Rangers (2011-12) and Pittburgh Penguins (2012-13) all finished up as runners-up for the award during that span as well.
Individual awards also seem to frequently fall to Metropolitan Division players. Since 2005-06, the Metropolitan Division has produced multiple winners of the Vezina, Hart, Ted Lindsay, Art Ross and Rocket Richard Trophies.
The Metropolitan Division features teams that are on the rise like the Philadelphia Flyers, who have struggled in recent years while steadily upgrading their talent pool.
The same holds true for the Carolina Hurricanes, who may soon find themselves back among the division contenders. At the other end of the spectrum, the New Jersey Devils look to be uncertain as to what their future direction is at the moment, while the Columbus Blue Jackets just seem to be treading water, missing the playoffs, getting high draft choices, but never really getting better.