NHL’s 20 biggest teams includes ’94 Rangers, 3 Isles Cup winners

The “Great One” thinks a 1986-87 Edmonton Oilers are a biggest group he played on, nonetheless there’s no necessity of discuss over either that’s a best group of all-time.

Four of Wayne Gretzky’s 1980s Oilers dynasty teams are among a 20 “Greatest NHL teams” as voted by fans during a league’s 100th anniversary. Also among a tip 20 are 3 teams from a Montreal Canadiens’ 1970s run and 3 from a New York Islanders’ 1980s widen when any dynasty prisoner 4 Stanley Cup titles in a quarrel before flitting a flame to Edmonton.

Six-time Cup-winning defenseman Kevin Lowe pronounced he and Gretzky concluded a 1987 Oilers were a best of a garland of teams that filled a rafters in Edmonton with blue, white and orange banners during one of a excellent eras of hockey dominance, even nonetheless it took 7 games to kick a Philadelphia Flyers in a final.

“When (Kent) Nilsson got here, we consider we went 10-1 in a unchanging season,” Lowe said. “There was only so many offense. we don’t know if that was statistically a best Stanley Cup run as a team. It substantially wasn’t since we went to 7 with a Flyers. But Wayne and we both suspicion that that seemed like a best altogether team.”

The 1983-84, ’84-85, ’86-87 and ’87-88 Oilers, ’75-76, ’76-77 and ’77-78 Canadiens, ’79-89, ’81-82 and ’82-83 Islanders, ’90-91, ’91-92 and 2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins, ’97-98 and ’01-02 Detroit Red Wings, ’69-70 Boston Bruins, ’88-89 Calgary Flames, ’93-94 New York Rangers, ’00-01 Colorado Avalanche and ’09-10 Chicago Blackhawks were voted a tip 20 teams of all-time.

Some of that is interjection to Lowe.

“I’ve played it lots out of oddity and perplexing to run adult a votes for us,” pronounced Lowe, who won a Cup 5 times with a Oilers and again with a ’94 Rangers.

Some of a comparison teams from a Original Six epoch like a 1952 Red Wings and 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs — that franchise’s many new Stanley Cup leader — fell plant to younger electorate skewing toward more-recent teams. As tough as it is to review eras, a 1976-77 Canadiens, 1986-87 Oilers and 2001-02 Red Wings could simply duke it out for a biggest in a league’s initial 100 years.

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Three of a Islanders dynasty teams done a cut of a 20 biggest NHL teams.

(Bill Kostroun/AP)

“It’s tough to collect one or a other,” pronounced a mythological Scotty Bowman, who coached a Canadiens’ ’70s dynasty, a ’91-92 Penguins and a Red Wings to give him a palm in 7 of a tip 20 teams. “I theory we could make a (case) for Hall of Fame players, wins, losses, points, idea spread.”

Montreal’s ’76-77 group won 39 of a final 40 regular-season games, still binds a record for many points with 132, outscored opponents by 216 goals and went 12-2 in a playoffs on a approach to a second of 4 uninterrupted championships.

“I would smoke-stack a ’76 group adult opposite anybody in any era,” Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson said. “We had everything. If we wanted to play tough, we could play tough. If we wanted to play fast, we could play fast. If we wanted to play tight, we were flattering good.”

Those Canadiens smoke-stack adult in Hall of Famers opposite a ’01-02 Red Wings, who have 9 with Pavel Datsyuk not nonetheless eligible. The ’70s Canadiens and ’80s Oilers and Islanders teams were also star-studded with a goaltenders to keep adult in an epoch of high-scoring hockey.

“Grant Fuhr was unbelievable, Billy Smith was unbelievable, apparently Kenny Dryden unbelievable,” former Flyers brazen Bob Kelley said. “It starts in a pipes and we work your approach out from there.”

That’s loyal in any era.

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