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
1,023 1,093
Montreal Canadiens is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Montreal, Qu├ębec

2
989 1,031
Detroit Red Wings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

3
906 1,050
Chicago Blackhawks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

4
909 955
Toronto Maple Leafs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

5
982 1,001
Pittsburgh Penguins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Pittsburgh

6
927 973
Edmonton Oilers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Edmonton

7
882 920
Boston Bruins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Boston

8
740 927
New York Islanders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Uniondale

9
775 954
New York Rangers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
New York City

10
729 931
Los Angeles Kings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Los Angeles

11
738 894
Washington Capitals is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Washington, D.C.

12
738 886
Philadelphia Flyers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Philadelphia

13
703 861
Colorado Avalanche is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

14
689 866
New Jersey Devils is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

15
698 801
Tampa Bay Lightning is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

16
657 886
Vancouver Canucks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Vancouver

17
682 837
Calgary Flames is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Calgary

18
653 775
Winnipeg Jets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

19
643 816
San Jose Sharks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
San Jose

20
612 850
Ottawa Senators is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

21
644 823
St. Louis Blues is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
St. Louis

22
631 801
Dallas Stars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Dallas

23
633 800
Anaheim Ducks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Anaheim

24
651 762
Nashville Predators is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

25
600 803
Minnesota Wild is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Minnesota, Saint Paul