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The Best Teams in the NHL Right Now

Updated October 25, 2019 18.8k votes 2.5k voters 28.2k views31 items

List RulesVote 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 2019 champions (St. Louis Blues), 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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  • Tampa Bay Lightning1

    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

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  • Boston Bruins2

    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

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  • St. Louis Blues3

    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

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  • Washington Capitals4

    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

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  • Pittsburgh Penguins5

    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

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  • Colorado Avalanche6

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

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  • Vegas Golden Knights7

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

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  • Toronto Maple Leafs8

    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

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  • New York Islanders9

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

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  • Carolina Hurricanes10

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

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  • Winnipeg Jets11

    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

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  • Montreal Canadiens12

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

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  • Edmonton Oilers13

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

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  • Nashville Predators14

    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

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  • San Jose Sharks15

    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

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  • Buffalo Sabres16

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

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  • Calgary Flames17

    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

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  • Philadelphia Flyers18

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

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  • Dallas Stars19

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

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  • Chicago Blackhawks20

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

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  • New York Rangers21

    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

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  • Vancouver Canucks22

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

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  • Columbus Blue Jackets23

    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

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  • Minnesota Wild24

    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

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  • New Jersey Devils25

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

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