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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

2
681 707
Chicago Blackhawks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

3
680 694
Detroit Red Wings is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

4
693 674
Pittsburgh Penguins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh

5
675 678
Edmonton Oilers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Edmonton Oilers Edmonton

6
664 673
Toronto Maple Leafs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

7
648 681
Boston Bruins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Boston Bruins Boston

8
630 670
New York Rangers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
New York Rangers New York City

9
621 670
New York Islanders is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
New York Islanders Uniondale

10
618 677
Los Angeles Kings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles

11
602 663
Washington Capitals is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Washington Capitals Washington, D.C.

12
606 659
Philadelphia Flyers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia

13
583 666
Vancouver Canucks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Vancouver Canucks Vancouver

14
590 647
New Jersey Devils is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

The Best NHL Players of All Time

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602 662
Colorado Avalanche is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

16
588 652
Calgary Flames is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Calgary Flames Calgary

17
568 649
Ottawa Senators is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

18
567 652
St. Louis Blues is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
St. Louis Blues St. Louis

19
562 643
Tampa Bay Lightning is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

20
555 647
San Jose Sharks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
San Jose Sharks San Jose

21
553 640
Dallas Stars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Dallas Stars Dallas

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22
548 634
Anaheim Ducks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Anaheim Ducks Anaheim

23
542 627
Winnipeg Jets is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

24
534 629
Minnesota Wild is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Minnesota Wild Minnesota, Saint Paul

25
512 637
Florida Panthers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

26
536 621
Nashville Predators is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

27
515 633
Buffalo Sabres is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Buffalo Sabres Buffalo

28
511 629
Carolina Hurricanes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

29
509 634
Columbus Blue Jackets is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

30
498 643
Phoenix Coyotes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Arizona Coyotes Glendale

31
533 618
Vegas Golden Knights is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Vegas Golden Knights