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, Qu├ębec

2
859 889
Detroit Red Wings is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

3
823 905
Chicago Blackhawks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

4
837 846
Edmonton Oilers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Edmonton

5
875 873
Pittsburgh Penguins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Pittsburgh

6
821 833
Toronto Maple Leafs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

7
795 821
Boston Bruins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Boston

8
724 841
New York Rangers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
New York City

9
698 819
New York Islanders is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Uniondale

10
688 827
Los Angeles Kings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Los Angeles

11
692 780
Philadelphia Flyers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Philadelphia

12
683 792
Washington Capitals is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Washington, D.C.

13
664 779
Colorado Avalanche is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

14
651 781
New Jersey Devils is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

15
623 800
Vancouver Canucks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Vancouver

16
637 765
Calgary Flames is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Calgary

17
637 733
Tampa Bay Lightning is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

18
609 748
San Jose Sharks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
San Jose

19
616 749
St. Louis Blues is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
St. Louis

20
592 769
Ottawa Senators is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

21
597 736
Dallas Stars is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Dallas

22
596 734
Anaheim Ducks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Anaheim

23
605 710
Winnipeg Jets is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

24
572 734
Minnesota Wild is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Minnesota, Saint Paul

25
607 704
Nashville Predators is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

26
544 753
Florida Panthers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

27
559 739
Buffalo Sabres is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Buffalo

28
669 701
Vegas Golden Knights is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
Vegas Golden Knights

29
543 746
Carolina Hurricanes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

30
548 743
Columbus Blue Jackets is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time

31
529 771
Phoenix Coyotes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best NHL Teams of All Time
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