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

2
222 226
Tampa Bay Lightning is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

3
196 210
Nashville Predators is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
Nashville Predators

4
199 224
Toronto Maple Leafs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

5
192 227
Washington Capitals is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

6
108 142
Winnipeg Jets is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

7
128 179
Boston Bruins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

8
183 268
Chicago Blackhawks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

9
96 142
San Jose Sharks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

10
130 204
New York Rangers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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104 179
Edmonton Oilers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

12
66 123
Calgary Flames is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

13
87 167
Montreal Canadiens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

14
105 202
Minnesota Wild is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

15
73 141
Anaheim Ducks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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89 172
Columbus Blue Jackets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

17
80 156
St. Louis Blues is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

18
55 110
Colorado Avalanche is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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59 122
New Jersey Devils is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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66 139
Ottawa Senators is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
Ottawa Senators

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64 135
Philadelphia Flyers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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61 132
Los Angeles Kings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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45 112
Dallas Stars is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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41 117
Florida Panthers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

25
44 126
Buffalo Sabres is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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40 118
Vancouver Canucks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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38 122
Phoenix Coyotes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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34 116
Carolina Hurricanes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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38 127
Detroit Red Wings is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

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34 126
New York Islanders is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now