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

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

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Chicago Blackhawks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

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Edmonton Oilers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Edmonton Oilers Edmonton

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Pittsburgh Penguins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh

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

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

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

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

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

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Philadelphia Flyers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia

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Washington Capitals is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Washington Capitals Washington, D.C.

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New Jersey Devils is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

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Colorado Avalanche is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dallas Stars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Dallas Stars Dallas

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Anaheim Ducks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Anaheim Ducks Anaheim

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Winnipeg Jets is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

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Minnesota Wild is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
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Nashville Predators is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

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Buffalo Sabres is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Buffalo Sabres Buffalo

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Florida Panthers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

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Vegas Golden Knights is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Vegas Golden Knights

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Carolina Hurricanes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

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Columbus Blue Jackets is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

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Phoenix Coyotes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Arizona Coyotes Glendale