Please Welcome the Flyers to the “Metropolitan” Division

Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 3.08.54 PMThe Shield handed down some proclamations today:

It announced that its players will, in fact, partake in the Olympics next winter in Sochi, Russia. This news was expected but continuously delayed.

The times for Team USA games at the 22nd Winter Olympiad are, well, they’re fucking terrible: their group stage games are all at 7:30 a.m. and the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals all take place between 3 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. est. And yeah, I know– Russia. Got it. Thanks. But surely they could have planned this better. Sochi is only eight hours ahead. Why not hold the games at 7 p.m. Communist and 11 a.m. Land of the Free Home of the Brave? That seems reasonable. The Eastern timezone audience is the most advertiser coveted in all the land. Instead, they put one of the most popular events on just above Dawn’s ass crack. Good idea.

Following this announcement, through a decree issued by high and mighty league czars, the 2013-2014 schedule was disseminated to the villagers. The Flyers will open their season on Wednesday, October 2 vs. Toronto. The rest of the schedule can be viewed after the jump. It was unveiled behind this ridiculous splash page on the Flyers’ website:

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Finally, and perhaps most notably, the Flyers’ new division – which will include the Hurricanes, Blue Jackets, Devils, Islanders, Rangers, Penguins and Capitals – will be called… the METROPOLITAN DIVISION. How cool. And for some reason, the new Atlantic Division includes Buffalo, Detroit, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.

This graphic from Deadspin, made before the names were announced, lays it out quite nicely:

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Schedule format looks like this:

Eastern Conference (8-Team Divisions)

Within Conference (Division): 30 games

* 5 games vs. two teams (3 Home/2 Away vs. one team, 2 Home/3 Away vs. one team) AND 4 games vs. five teams (2 Home/2 Away). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.

* 5 X 2 =10 games

* 4 X 5 = 20 games

Within Conference (Non-Division): 24 games

* 3 games vs. each team (2 Home/1 Away vs. four teams, 1 Home/2 Away vs. four teams). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.

* 3 X 8 = 24 games

Non-Conference: 28 games

* 2 games vs. each team (1 Home/1 Away)

* 2 X 14 = 28 games

The Stanley Cup Playoffs have a new division-based format. Playoff qualification will be primarily Division-based, with the top three finishers in each Division qualifying for the first 12 spots in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (and the first three “seeds” in each Division). The two additional playoff spots in each Conference, designated as “Wild Cards,” will be awarded to the next two highest-placed finishers in each Conference, ranked on the basis of regular-season points and regardless of Division. The League will play under this new alignment and playoff system for a minimum of three seasons, through the 2015-16 NHL season.

Schedule after the jump.

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28 Responses

  1. Can’t tell if this is good or bad for the Flyers. I believe hands down they will be in the hardest divison so getting in a top three spot will be tough. Most likely they will make it in via a wild card spot. Anyone else get the feeling the Flyers may not make the playoffs for awhile? Hope I’m wrong, just want one cup before I die.

    1. Flyers division isn’t that hard… Jackets, Canes, Islanders (fluke), Devils (No Kovy), Rangers weren’t that good last year and Caps started off terrible last year

      1. Isles a fluke? Maybe watch some guys outside of the Wells Fargo Center, bud. They are one of most young and talented teams in the show and will a playoff squad consistently for the next decade

    1. Totally disagree, the new alignment adds major impact to divisional regular season games. I suspect every division game is going to have the same level of expectation and intensity as a game against the Pens (almost).

  2. Absolutely stupid name. The entire old Atlantic Division is now in the Metro Division, and the teams in the Atlantic Division are pretty damn far from the Atlantic Ocean comparatively. Really stupid.

  3. I was hoping against hope for a return to the original non-geographic, anti-unimaginative division names. How many people in Detroit know the Atlantic Ocean even exists?

  4. The Metropolitan division is easily the worst name in all of sports. And then, when I think it can’t get worse, they take the name of another division (Atlantic) and use it with completely different teams? Buffalo, Ottawa, Detroit? Not very Atlantic. I don’t get why they didn’t just use the old Patrick, Smythe, Norris, and Adams. I think that would have been a nice nod to the past.

  5. Seems silly to have the 2 Florida teams in the “Atlantic” division. Put Pittsburgh and Columbus in the division with Montreal, Boston, etc and then put the 2 Florida teams in the Metropolitan/stupid name division.

    1. Do you really want to break up the Pitt rivalries w/ Flyers NYR Caps Devils and even the Isles? 99.99% of the population says no. Thus the strained geographic makeup of the New Atlantic (ugh. such dumb division names).

    2. The NHL was trying not to breakup big rivalries. Therefore, I don’t think they wanted to separate Flyers/Penguins, Montreal/Boston, etc… The only big rivalries lost in this were Detroit/Chicago maybe Detroit/Colorado if it was the early 2000’s. But other than Columbus, Detroit was the only team that made sense coming to Eastern Conference.

  6. Only worse division names would be Legends and Leaders..

    Looks like Seattle and perhaps another Canadian city will get teams to even out the divisions.

    Love how there is very little travel within the division.

  7. Legends and Leaders is pretty bad. But Metropolitan? That sounds terrible. Here’s an easy fix: swap the Blue Jackets with the Panthers and then make the Flyers, Rangers, Devils etc…the Atlantic Division and make Detroit, Columbus, Toronto, etc…the Central Division.

  8. Does this really matter? We know how the story will end for you people, regardless of naming conventions.

    1. Yup. The Flyers will underachieve in the regular season, get the No. 7 seed, and beat the Kansas City Penguins in five games in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

      Also, Pittsburgh can’t count Stanley Cups before 2006 because they didn’t know hockey existed until Crosby came along. You’re lucky he saved the Penguins franchise.

  9. Hockey needs to cut down on the number of total games played and increase division games. We should be playing the Pens and Rangers 8-10 times each and never ever play the Wild, Sharks, etc. We might only play the Pens 4 times next year?

    Move the Coyotes, Preds, and a few other loser, failing franchises to Canada, make a Canadian conference and an American conference, and play USA v Canada for the cup every year. And then kill off Gary Bettman, who is an asshole.

  10. Wake me up the next time the Flyers win a cup or the first time the Eagles win a Super Bowl.

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