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The NHL's Central Division was formed in 1993 as part of the Western Conference in a league realignment, the predecessor of which was the Norris Division. It is the only division with 7 teams, the other 3 in the league having 8.

Division lineups

1993–1996

Changes from the 1992–93 season

  • The Central Division is formed as the result of NHL realignment
  • The Minnesota North Stars move to Dallas, Texas, and become the Dallas Stars
  • The Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, and Toronto Maple Leafs come from the Norris Division
  • The Winnipeg Jets come from the Smythe Division

1996–1998

  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Dallas Stars
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Phoenix Coyotes
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Toronto Maple Leafs

Changes from the 1995–96 season

  • The Winnipeg Jets move to Phoenix, Arizona, to become the Phoenix Coyotes

1998–2000

Changes from the 1997–98 season

  • The Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes move to the Pacific Division
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs move to the Northeast Division
  • The Nashville Predators are added as an expansion team

2000–2013

Changes from the 1999–2000 season

  • The Columbus Blue Jackets are added as an expansion team

2013–Present

Changes from the 2012–13 season

Division Champions

  • 1994—Detroit Red Wings (46–30–8, 100 pts)
  • 1995—Detroit Red Wings (33–11–4, 70 pts)
  • 1996—Detroit Red Wings (62–13–7, 131 pts)
  • 1997—Dallas Stars (48–26–8, 104 pts)
  • 1998—Dallas Stars (49–22–11, 109 pts)
  • 1999—Detroit Red Wings (43–32–7, 93 pts)
  • 2000—St. Louis Blues (51–19–11–1, 114 pts)
  • 2001—Detroit Red Wings (49–20–9–4, 111 pts)
  • 2002—Detroit Red Wings (51–17–10–4, 116 pts)
  • 2003—Detroit Red Wings (48–20–10–4, 110 pts)
  • 2004—Detroit Red Wings (48–21–11–2, 109 pts)
  • 2005—no season (NHL Lockout)
  • 2006—Detroit Red Wings (58–16–8, 124 pts)
  • 2007—Detroit Red Wings (50–19–13, 113 pts)
  • 2008—Detroit Red Wings (54–21–7, 115 pts)
  • 2009—Detroit Red Wings (51–21–10, 112 pts)
  • 2010—Chicago Blackhawks (52–22–8, 112 pts)
  • 2011—Detroit Red Wings (47–25–10, 104 pts)
  • 2012—St. Louis Blues (49–22–11, 109 pts)
  • 2013—Chicago Blackhawks (36–7–5, 77 pts)
  • 2014—Colorado Avalanche (52–22–8, 112 pts)
  • 2015—St. Louis Blues (51–24–7, 109 pts)
  • 2016—Dallas Stars (50–23–9, 109 pts)
  • 2017—Chicago Blackhawks (50–23–9, 109 pts)
  • 2018—Nashville Predators (53–18–11, 117 pts)

Season results

Season 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
1993–94 Detroit (100) Toronto (98) Dallas (97) St. Louis (91) Chicago (87) Winnipeg (57)
1994–95 Detroit (70) St. Louis (61) Chicago (53) Toronto (50) Dallas (42) Winnipeg (39)
1995–96 Detroit (131) Chicago (94) Toronto (80) St. Louis (80) Winnipeg (78) Dallas (66)
1996–97 Dallas (104) Detroit (94) Phoenix (83) St. Louis (83) Chicago (81) Toronto (68)
1997–98 Dallas (109) Detroit (103) St. Louis (98) Phoenix (82) Chicago (73) Toronto (69)
1998–99 Detroit (93) St. Louis (87) Chicago (70) Nashville (63)
1999–2000 St. Louis (114) Detroit (108) Chicago (78) Nashville (70)
2000–01 Detroit (111) St. Louis (103) Nashville (80) Chicago (71) Columbus (71)
2001–02 Detroit (116) St. Louis (98) Chicago (96) Nashville (69) Columbus (57)
2002–03 Detroit (110) St. Louis (99) Chicago (79) Nashville (74) Columbus (69)
2003–04 Detroit (109) St. Louis (91) Nashville (91) Columbus (62) Chicago (59)
2004–05 No season due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06 Detroit (124) Nashville (106) Columbus (74) Chicago (65) St. Louis (57)
2006–07 Detroit (113) Nashville (110) St. Louis (81) Columbus (73) Chicago (71)
2007–08 Detroit (115) Nashville (91) Chicago (88) Columbus (80) St. Louis (79)
2008–09 Detroit (112) Chicago (104) St. Louis (92) Columbus (92) Nashville (88)
2009–10 Chicago (112) Detroit (102) Nashville (100) St. Louis (90) Columbus (79)
2010–11 Detroit (104) Nashville (99) Chicago (97) St. Louis (87) Columbus (81)
2011–12 St. Louis (109) Nashville (104) Detroit (102) Chicago (101) Columbus (65)
2012–13 Chicago (77) St. Louis (60) Detroit (56) Columbus (55) Nashville (41)
2013–14 Colorado (112) St. Louis (111) Chicago (107) Minnesota (98) Dallas (91) Nashville (88) Winnipeg (84)
2014–15 St. Louis (109) Nashville (104) Chicago (102) Minnesota (100) Winnipeg (99) Dallas (92) Colorado (90)
2015–16 Dallas (109) St. Louis (107) Chicago (103) Nashville (96) Minnesota (87) Colorado (82) Winnipeg (78)
2016–17 Chicago (109) Minnesota (106) St. Louis (99) Nashville (94) Winnipeg (87) Dallas (79) Colorado (48)
2017–18 Nashville (117) Winnipeg (114) Minnesota (101) Colorado (95) St. Louis (94) Dallas (92) Chicago (78)
  • Green background denotes qualified for playoffs

Stanley Cup winners produced

  1. 1997—Detroit Red Wings
  2. 1998—Detroit Red Wings
  3. 2002—Detroit Red Wings
  4. 2008—Detroit Red Wings
  5. 2010—Chicago Blackhawks
  6. 2013—Chicago Blackhawks
  7. 2015—Chicago Blackhawks

Presidents' Trophy winners produced

  1. 1995—Detroit Red Wings
  2. 1996—Detroit Red Wings
  3. 1998—Dallas Stars
  4. 2000—St. Louis Blues
  5. 2002—Detroit Red Wings
  6. 2004—Detroit Red Wings
  7. 2006—Detroit Red Wings
  8. 2008—Detroit Red Wings
  9. 2013—Chicago Blackhawks
  10. 2018—Nashville Predators

Central Division titles won by team

Team Number of Championships Won Last Year Won
Detroit Red Wings 13 2011
Chicago Blackhawks 3 2017
Dallas Stars 3 2016
St. Louis Blues 3 2015
Colorado Avalanche 1 2014
Nashville Predators 1 2018
Minnesota Wild 0
Winnipeg Jets 0
Columbus Blue Jackets 0
Toronto Maple Leafs 0
Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes 0

Teams in bold are currently in the division.

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