Hockey The Best NHL Teams of All Time  

Blake Edwards
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List Rules Active teams only based on historical performance

The best NHL teams of all time are those National Hockey league teams who have performed the best throughout the years, won the most Stanley Cup Championships and overall dominated the league. Most, if not all, hockey fans are partial but in the record books, these teams stand among the elite as the winningest and best NHL teams ever.

If you judge a better NHL team by the number of championships under their belt, only one team can take that number one spot. The Montreal Canadiens, in their nearly 100-year history, have a whopping 24 Stanley Cup wins. The closest competitor, the Toronto Maple Leafs, only has 13. Following in third comes the Detroit Red Wings with 11. Of those three only Detroit has won the title recently, in 2008, with the last Canadiens championship back in 1993 and the Maple Leafs going back to 1967 for their most recent championship.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are also a handful of NHL teams who never won a championship yet. The St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals, San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, and Winnipeg Jets all fall into that category.

So how do you decide which NHL teams should be considered the best? Do you look at titles or regular season performance? Does fan support get any credit? Tell us how you rank the best NHL teams of all time by voting for your favorites teams below or re-ranking this list your way. Also, come vote for the best NHL arenas and the best NHL players of all time too!

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1
980 1,031
Montreal Canadiens is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Montreal, Qu├ębec

2
937 984
Detroit Red Wings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

3
898 926
Edmonton Oilers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Edmonton

4
941 948
Pittsburgh Penguins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Pittsburgh

5
871 1,004
Chicago Blackhawks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

6
878 911
Toronto Maple Leafs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

7
856 876
Boston Bruins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Boston

8
760 907
New York Rangers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
New York City

9
724 883
New York Islanders is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Uniondale

10
716 891
Los Angeles Kings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Los Angeles

11
716 853
Washington Capitals is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Washington, D.C.

12
720 842
Philadelphia Flyers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Philadelphia

13
683 829
Colorado Avalanche is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

14
671 834
New Jersey Devils is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

15
649 847
Vancouver Canucks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Vancouver

16
666 807
Calgary Flames is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Calgary

17
669 776
Tampa Bay Lightning is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

18
632 786
San Jose Sharks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
San Jose

19
630 794
St. Louis Blues is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
St. Louis

20
606 815
Ottawa Senators is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

21
634 749
Winnipeg Jets is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

22
616 776
Dallas Stars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Dallas

23
617 774
Anaheim Ducks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Anaheim

24
634 740
Nashville Predators is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

25
588 777
Minnesota Wild is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Minnesota, Saint Paul