Sports Teams 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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269 246
Tampa Bay Lightning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

2
359 382
Pittsburgh Penguins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

3
219 256
Toronto Maple Leafs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

4
212 249
Washington Capitals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

5
207 244
Nashville Predators is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
Nashville Predators

6
124 160
Winnipeg Jets is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

7
142 201
Boston Bruins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

8
113 158
San Jose Sharks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

9
192 291
Chicago Blackhawks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

10
88 134
Calgary Flames is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

11
138 227
New York Rangers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

12
116 198
Edmonton Oilers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

13
100 181
Montreal Canadiens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

14
114 217
Minnesota Wild is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

15
96 187
Columbus Blue Jackets is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

16
62 122
Colorado Avalanche is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

17
86 170
St. Louis Blues is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

18
79 157
Anaheim Ducks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

19
65 137
New Jersey Devils is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

20
72 153
Ottawa Senators is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
Ottawa Senators

21
68 149
Philadelphia Flyers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

22
53 124
Dallas Stars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

23
63 148
Los Angeles Kings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

24
49 139
Buffalo Sabres is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

25
46 133
Vancouver Canucks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now