Mar 2, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) and captain Sydney Crosby (87) discuss before the first period against Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Who Will Win The Metropolitan Division?

It is the middle of August and the NHL season is creeping up on us. This time last year we were all complaining that the NHL and the NHLPA were not even in the same room together banging out a CBA as September grew closer. This summer we are all waiting patiently for training camp and preseason. Ok, maybe not patiently, but at least we know when hockey will be back!

Jan 21, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg (40) and Columbus Blue Jackets center R.J. Umberger (18) face off during the second period at Nationwide Arena. Detroit defeated Columbus 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Unless you have been living under a rock this summer, you know that the realignment proposal has been implemented and Columbus has joined the Eastern Conference and more specifically the newly named Metropolitan Division. Long time rival, the Detroit Red Wings, have also joined the Eastern Conference but will be playing in the Atlantic Division. Closely watching the standings to see where Detroit is will not be 100% necessary from now on, but we will always be watching them out of the corner of our eye.

The new teams that the Blue Jackets will need to follow and watch closely in the standings are: New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, and the Carolina Hurricanes. Anything could happen next season, but I think it is safe to say that the division has a healthy mix of teams that will be contenders, middle of the road teams, and cellar dwellers.

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Who Will Win The Metropolitan Division?

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