NHL The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now  

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List Rules Vote up the hockey teams you think are the finest squads playing in the 2018-2019 NHL season.

Who is the best team in the NHL right now? Tough question. Just to play in the NHL, teams have to be slick out on the ice, but which hockey team is slickest in the 2018-2019 season? Obviously, avid hockey fans can just look at the current NHL standings or simply point to whomever hoists the Stanley Cup over their heads as 2018 champions (Washington Capitals), but where's the fun in that?

Determining the top NHL teams this season isn't as straightforward as a math problem. There are circumstances and intangibles to be delicately weighed. After all, a gruesome injury on the ice could ruin a good team and a crucial goal could invigorate a decent team. Figuring out the greatest current hockey teams is too big a task for any one fan of the most Canadian sport this side of curling. Just as one person can't be expected to construct a Zamboni all on their own, no single person can puzzle out the answer to such a complex question.

It's only with the wisdom of the crowd that we can determine which team in the National Hockey League is the best, pound for pound, in the 2018-2019 season. That's where this list comes in. Vote up the NHL teams you think are the best, taking into account everything from players to coaches to franchise logos. Vote down the teams you think should be leaving their sticks at home due to lack of skill, hustle, coaching, or whatever else. Fun!

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Pittsburgh Penguins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Tampa Bay Lightning is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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166 191
Toronto Maple Leafs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Washington Capitals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Nashville Predators is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
Nashville Predators

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Chicago Blackhawks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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95 120
Winnipeg Jets is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Boston Bruins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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New York Rangers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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San Jose Sharks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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St. Louis Blues is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Edmonton Oilers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Columbus Blue Jackets is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Anaheim Ducks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Minnesota Wild is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Montreal Canadiens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Philadelphia Flyers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Los Angeles Kings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Ottawa Senators is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
Ottawa Senators

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Calgary Flames is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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New Jersey Devils is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Colorado Avalanche is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Dallas Stars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Florida Panthers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Vancouver Canucks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Carolina Hurricanes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Detroit Red Wings is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Buffalo Sabres is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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Phoenix Coyotes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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New York Islanders is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now