The Montreal Canadiens have been places in the newly formed Atlantic Division for the upcoming NHL season. They will be joined by their former Northeast brethren, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.
With the Red Wings joining the group, there are now four of the NHL’s Original Six teams in the Atlantic, including the Canadiens, Leafs and Bruins. As I began looking into the new division to create a preview, I noticed that this group of teams is extremely unique.
As all Canadiens fans know, the Habs have won more Stanley Cups than any other team with 24. Though it has been a while, the Maple Leafs have won the second most with 13, followed by the Red Wings 11.
The Pacific Division, by comparison, has won 8 total. The Edmonton Oilers have won five titles, and the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings each have their name etched on the Cup once.
Also out west, in the Central Division, Chicago Blackhawks have won five, Colorado Avalanche have two and the Dallas Stars won it all in 1999 for a grand total of eight Stanley Cup winners in the Central Division.
The hilariously named Metropolitan Division has six different teams that have been NHL champions. The Original Six New York Rangers have four Stanley Cup wins, as do the New York Islanders. The New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins have won three each, the Philadelphia Flyers took home back to back titles in 74 and 75, and the Carolina Hurricanes were the 2006 Champions, giving the Metropolitan Division 17 Stanley Cups.
With the Boston Bruins six championships, as well as the Lightning win in 2004 added to the 48 combined wins by Montreal, Toronto and Detroit, the Atlantic Division is home to 55 Stanley Cup banners.
The rich history of the Atlantic Division, and being home to some of the NHL’s oldest teams will make for some intense rivalries and interesting storylines when the season finally gets underway on October 1st.
The Canadians open the season against the Maple Leafs, one of their new Atlantic Division foes. The average Habs tickets price is $310.71 with a get-in price of only $189.