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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 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 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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1
Tampa Bay Lightning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

2019 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2018 - Lost in Eastern Conference finals
2017 - Missed playoffs
2016 - Lost in Eastern Conference finals
2015 - Lost in Stanley Cup Final

2
Pittsburgh Penguins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

2019 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2018 - Lost in second round of playoffs
2017 - Won Stanley Cup
2016 - Won Stanley Cup
2015 -
Lost in first round of playoffs

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

2019 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2018 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2017 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2016 - Missed playoffs
2015 - Missed playoffs

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

2019 - Lost in Stanley Cup Final
2018 - Lost in second round of playoffs
2017 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2016 - Missed playoffs
2015 - Missed playoffs

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

2019 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2018 - Won Stanley Cup
2017 -
Lost in second round of playoffs
2016 - Lost in second round of playoffs
2015 - Lost in second round of playoffs

6
St. Louis Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

2019 - Won Stanley Cup
2018 -
Missed playoffs
2017 - Lost in second round of playoffs
2016 - Lost in Western Conference finals
2015 - Lost in first round of playoffs

7
Nashville Predators is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
Nashville Predators

2019 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2018 - Lost in second round of playoffs
2017 - Lost in Stanley Cup Final
2016 - Lost in second round of playoffs
2015 - Lost in first round of playoffs

8
San Jose Sharks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

2019 - Lost in Western Conference finals
2018 - Lost in second round of playoffs
2017 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2016 - Lost in Stanley Cup Final
2015 - Missed playoffs

9
Winnipeg Jets is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

2019 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2018 - Lost in Western Conference finals
2017 - Missed playoffs
2016 - Missed playoffs
2015 - Lost in first round of playoffs

10
Vegas Golden Knights is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

2019 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2018 - Lost in Stanley Cup Final

11
Colorado Avalanche is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

2019 - Lost in second round of playoffs
2018 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2017 - Missed playoffs
2016 - Missed playoffs
2015 - Missed playoffs

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

2019 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2018 - Missed playoffs
2017 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2016 - Missed playoffs
2015 - Lost in second round of playoffs

13
Chicago Blackhawks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

2019 - Missed playoffs
2018 - Missed playoffs
2017 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2016 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2015 - Won Stanley Cup

14
New York Rangers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

2019 - Missed playoffs
2018 - Missed playoffs
2017 - Lost in second round of playoffs
2016 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2015 - Lost in Eastern Conference finals

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

2019 - Missed playoffs
2018 - Missed playoffs
2017 - Lost in second round of playoffs
2016 - Missed playoffs
2015 - Missed playoffs

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

2019 - Missed playoffs
2018 - Missed playoffs
2017 - Missed playoffs
2016 - Missed playoffs
2015 - Missed playoffs

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

2019 - Missed playoffs
2018 - Missed playoffs
2017 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2016 - Missed playoffs
2015 - Lost in second round of playoffs

18
Dallas Stars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

2019 - Lost in second round of playoffs
2018 - Missed playoffs
2017 - Missed playoffs
2016 - Lost in second round of playoffs
2015 - Missed playoffs

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

2019 - Lost in Eastern Conference finals
2018 - 
Missed playoffs
2017 - Missed playoffs
2016 - Missed playoffs
2015 - Missed playoffs

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

2019 - Missed playoffs
2018 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2017 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2016 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2015 - Lost in second round of playoffs

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

2019 - Missed playoffs
2018 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2017 - Missed playoffs
2016 - Missed playoffs
2015 - Missed playoffs

22
Columbus Blue Jackets is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

2019 - Lost in second round of playoffs
2018 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2017 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2016 - Missed playoffs
2015 - Missed playoffs

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

2019 - Missed playoffs
2018 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2017 - Lost in Western Conference finals
2016 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2015 - Lost in Western Conference finals

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

2019 - Missed playoffs
2018 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2017 - Missed playoffs
2016 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2015 - Missed playoffs

25
Los Angeles Kings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

2019 - Missed playoffs
2018 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2017 - Missed playoffs
2016 - Lost in first round of playoffs
2015 - Missed playoffs