This past week saw Washington break even, Pittsburgh and both New York teams come out ahead, and the bottom of the division struggle.
Let's focus on how the top 4 teams in the division did last week. Washington earned wins over Philadelphia and Edmonton last week with losses to the Rangers and Nashville book-ending their week. Pittsburgh fell to Detroit on Sunday but rebounded with wins over Carolina and Philadelphia later in the week. The Rangers jumped up a spot in the standings with victories over Washington, Toronto, and New Jersey last week. Their only loss came to Montreal on Tuesday. It was a somewhat quiet week for Columbus with a loss against Nashville on Sunday before a blowout victory over the Islanders on Saturday.
Now on to the bottom of the division. The Islanders started the week with victories over New Jersey, Detroit, and Montreal before losing in a big way to Columbus on Saturday. Philadelphia defeated Vancouver on Sunday but fell to Washington on Wednesday and Pittsburgh on Saturday. New Jersey had a tough week, losing to the Islanders on Sunday, Ottawa on Tuesday, and to the Rangers in overtime on Saturday. Carolina also struggled, losing to Toronto, Pittsburgh, and Ottawa last week to remain in last place.
Here is the upcoming schedule of games; all games within the division are in bold.
Sunday features a divisional game between Columbus and the Rangers. Elsewhere, Carolina will host Calgary. Monday is a quiet day for the division but an important one for us Devils fans as New Jersey takes on Montreal.
Tuesday is a big day headlined by a divisional game between Washington and the Rangers. Pittsburgh will travel to Dallas, Columbus to Montreal, Philadelphia takes on Colorado, and Carolina goes to Florida. Wednesday just has Pittsburgh going to Chicago and Carolina to Tampa Bay.
Thursday is the next big day of the week highlighted by Washington and New Jersey squaring off in divisional play. The Rangers will go to Boston, Columbus host Minnesota, the Islanders travel to Dallas, and Philadelphia takes on Florida.
Friday sees Pittsburgh take on Tampa Bay, the Islanders travel to Chicago, and Carolina host Arizona. The week wraps up on Saturday with Washington and Philadelphia playing each other, the Rangers taking on Montreal, Columbus traveling to Ottawa, and New Jersey going to Boston.
That was what happened in the Metropolitan Division and a brief look at what's ahead for next week. How do you think the standings will look next Sunday? What games are you looking forward to? What are your thoughts on anything that has to do with these 8 teams? Leave your comments below and thank you for reading!