The Washington Capitals have won five straight Metropolitan Division championships. That streak will come to an end during the 2020-21 season simply because they won’t be playing in the Metropolitan Division anymore.
According to a report by The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, the Capitals will play in the newly formed East Division along with the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins. Earlier in the fall, the Penguins were set to play in the Central Division, but the NHL made a change and brought them back.
Division realignment is necessary due to border crossing issues created by the coronavirus pandemic. All seven Canadian teams will be put together in the Canada Division.