2016 -17 NHL Predictions: Preview and Picks for Metropolitan Division

October 8th, 2016 by Lyle Richardson Leave a reply »
The NHL's Metropolitan Division was dominated last season by the Washington Capitals, but it was the Pittsburgh Penguins who marched to the 2016 Stanley Cup championship. In 2016-17, both clubs could be challenged by their division rivals.  

Having fallen short once again in the playoffs, the current Capitals roster faces a narrowing window to finally win a Cup title. The Penguins, meanwhile, must deal with the daunting task of trying to become the first team since 1998 to repeat as champions.  

After stumbling last season, the New York Rangers will try to remain a viable Cup contender. The New York Islanders will look to their offseason additions to improve their chances for a championship run.

The Philadelphia Flyers hope to build upon last season's surprising playoff appearance. Meantime, the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets will try to rise out of the division's lower berths.

This slideshow previews the NHL's Metropolitan Division for 2016-17 and predicts where these teams will place in the standings by season's end. We'll examine the favorite to top the division, the top forward li ...

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