Atlantic Division (NHL)

The National Hockey League has used the name Atlantic Division for two distinct groups of teams.

The original Atlantic Division, the predecessor of which was the Patrick Division, was formed in 1993 as part of the Eastern Conference in a league realignment.

As part of a 2013 realignment, the entirety of the former Atlantic Division was realigned into the Metropolitan Division. The Atlantic Division name was assigned to a new division comprising the entirety of the former Northeast Division plus the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning from the now-dissolved Southeast Division, and the Detroit Red Wings, who moved from the Central Division of the Western Conference.


Division lineups

1993–1998

Changes from the 1992–93 season

  • The Atlantic Division is formed as a result of NHL realignment
  • The New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Washington Capitals come from the Patrick Division
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning come from the Norris Division
  • The Florida Panthers are added as an expansion team

1998–2013

Changes from the 1997–98 season

2013–2020

Changes from the 2012–13 season

  • The Northeast and Southeast Divisions are dissolved due to NHL realignment
  • The New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins move to the Metropolitan Division
  • The Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, and Toronto Maple Leafs come from the Northeast Division
  • The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning come from the Southeast Division
  • The Detroit Red Wings come from the Central Division

2020–2021

  • Division not used for the 2020–21 NHL season

Changes from the 2019–20 season

  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions the NHL realigned into four divisions with no conferences for the 2020–21 season
  • The Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres move to the East Division
  • The Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning move to the Central Division
  • The Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs move to the North Division

Division champions

Atlantic Division (1993–2013)

Atlantic Division (2013–present)

Season results

Notes
  • a The 1994–95 NHL season was shortened to 48 games due to the lockout.
  • b The 2012–13 NHL season was shortened to 48 games due to the lockout.
  • c The 2019–20 NHL season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the imbalance in the number of games played among teams, the regular season standings were determined by points percentage.

Stanley Cup winners produced

Presidents' Trophy winners produced

Atlantic Division titles won by team

Teams in bold are currently in the division.

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