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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288 263
Tampa Bay Lightning is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
2
374 402
Pittsburgh Penguins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
3
233 276
Toronto Maple Leafs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
4
223 269
Washington Capitals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
5
210 263
Nashville Predators is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
Nashville Predators
6
163 210
Boston Bruins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
7
126 167
San Jose Sharks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
8
129 176
Winnipeg Jets is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
9
198 308
Chicago Blackhawks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
10
96 145
Calgary Flames is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
11
144 242
New York Rangers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
12
123 213
Edmonton Oilers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
13
107 194
Montreal Canadiens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
14
97 179
St. Louis Blues is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
15
70 132
Colorado Avalanche is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
16
102 196
Columbus Blue Jackets is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
17
116 227
Minnesota Wild is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
18
63 126
Dallas Stars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
19
82 164
Anaheim Ducks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
20
75 154
Philadelphia Flyers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
21
67 145
New Jersey Devils is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
22
73 160
Ottawa Senators is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
Ottawa Senators
23
65 155
Los Angeles Kings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
24
47 133
Carolina Hurricanes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now
25
50 146
Buffalo Sabres is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now