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‘Top 20 Greatest NHL Teams’ include two Wings Cup-winners

Two of the fan-voted "NHL's Greatest Teams" are Red Wings teams. Per the NHL:

NHL UNVEILS TOP 20 GREATEST NHL TEAMS, AS VOTED BY FANS

Top 20 Voting Now Open; Fans to Determine the NHL’s Greatest Stanley Cup® Championship Team

NEW YORK / TORONTO (May 18, 2017) – Following two rounds of voting, the National Hockey League today unveiled the Top 20 teams remaining in the Greatest NHL® Teams. An interactive digital and mobile program that is part of the League’s Centennial celebration, the Greatest NHL Teams features all of the NHL’s 96 Stanley Cup® winners since the League’s inaugural season in 1917-18 competing head-to-head, with fans determining the NHL’s Greatest Stanley Cup® Championship Team of all-time.

Twenty teams remain from the original list of the NHL’s 96 Stanley Cup® champions, and the third and final round of voting starts today at http://NHL.com/GreatestTeams Votin.g officially closes on Thursday, May 25, and the Top 10 will be announced during the 2017 Stanley Cup® Final, with the Greatest NHL Team unveiled during Game Four of the 2017 Stanley Cup® Final.

The Top 20 Greatest NHL Teams (in reverse chronological order), as voted by the fans, are as follows:

·        2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins
·        2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks
·        2001-02 Detroit Red Wings
·        2000-01 Colorado Avalanche
·        1997-98 Detroit Red Wings
·        1993-94 New York Rangers
·        1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins
·        1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins
·        1988-89 Calgary Flames
·        1987-88 Edmonton Oilers
·        1986-87 Edmonton Oilers
·        1984-85 Edmonton Oilers
·        1983-84 Edmonton Oilers
·        1982-83 New York Islanders
·        1981-82 New York Islanders
·        1979-80 New York Islanders
·        1977-78 Montreal Canadiens
·        1976-77 Montreal Canadiens
·        1975-76 Montreal Canadiens
·        1969-1970 Boston Bruins

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The most recent penguins team being on this list makes me groan.

Posted by Iamhaljordan on 05/18/17 at 11:30 AM ET

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What…?? You mean the recent Blackhawks didn’t make the list????

Good to see the NY fans voted early and apparently often.. confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 05/18/17 at 11:59 AM ET

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Pretty much nobody older than 50 voted in this then.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/18/17 at 12:05 PM ET

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These are the same fans who vote for the all-star game right? No thanks. Just a meaningless list of teams with a clear recency bias.

It would be more entertaining to see a panel of guys like Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour, Orr, Gretzky, Dryden, you could literally come up with another 50 guys. Have them sit around and debate the merits of all these teams. Turn on a video camera. Give a microphone to Ron McLean to moderate it. Boom. Instant ratings. They would reach more meaningful conclusions than some random fan vote.

Posted by fatsavage on 05/18/17 at 12:20 PM ET

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Just a meaningless list of teams with a clear recency bias.

Yes, clear recency bias, which explains why a whopping two of the teams on the 20-team list are recent.

They would reach more meaningful conclusions than some random fan vote.

Yeah, because then you could all throw hissy fits over legends of the game talking up players like Crosby and Toews.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/18/17 at 12:30 PM ET

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Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/18/17 at 12:30 PM ET

It’d be nice if you had something to add to the conversation. Are you Howe and Howe reborn?

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/18/17 at 12:35 PM ET

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Yeah, because then you could all throw hissy fits over legends of the game talking up players like Crosby and Toews.

Ha. Yeah, as soon as I saw the list I knew that it would quickly turn into everyone shi**ing all over Pittsburgh and Chicago’s Cup teams.

Posted by godblender on 05/18/17 at 12:53 PM ET

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Just a meaningless list of teams with a clear recency bias.

Yes, clear recency bias, which explains why a whopping two of the teams on the 20-team list are recent.

They would reach more meaningful conclusions than some random fan vote.

Yeah, because then you could all throw hissy fits over legends of the game talking up players like Crosby and Toews.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 05/18/17 at 12:30 PM ET

I guess we disagree on the term recent. There are 96 Cup winners since 1917. Yet not one single team from 1917 to 1968 is on the list. Zero. All 20 of these teams are from the last 45 winners. So basically we have the last 45 Cup winners and we’ve narrowed that down to 20. So almost 50% of the winners over the last 45 seasons are on the list. And 0% of the previous 51 winners made the cut. Probably because most of the people who voted have no idea what teams in the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s were like.

Posted by fatsavage on 05/18/17 at 01:03 PM ET

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Posted by godblender on 05/18/17 at 12:53 PM ET

Didn’t quite turn out that way, but hey, confirmation bias.

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/18/17 at 01:16 PM ET

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Just an assumption, and don’t mean to stereotype here, but common sense tells me the majority of hockey fans who were old enough to remember cup teams before say 1940 may not be with us anymore.  Then there’s those before say 1960’ish who may be with us, but likely aren’t voting online all day.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 05/18/17 at 01:24 PM ET

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Just an assumption, and don’t mean to stereotype here, but common sense tells me the majority of hockey fans who were old enough to remember cup teams before say 1940 may not be with us anymore.  Then there’s those before say 1960’ish who may be with us, but likely aren’t voting online all day.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Hey Hey Hockeyfart on 05/18/17 at 01:24 PM ET

Exactly. Hence the final results shows a clear recency bias.

Posted by fatsavage on 05/18/17 at 01:26 PM ET

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It would be more entertaining to see a panel of guys like Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour, Orr, Gretzky, Dryden, you could literally come up with another 50 guys. Have them sit around and debate the merits of all these teams. Turn on a video camera. Give a microphone to Ron McLean to moderate it. Boom. Instant ratings. They would reach more meaningful conclusions than some random fan vote.

Posted by fatsavage on 05/18/17 at 12:20 PM ET

Regrettably, Al is no longer with us.

It would be interesting, though of course most of those fellas are far more polite and restrained than the average fan, so might not get the necessary critique. Then again, if you put Mike Bossy next to Wayne Gretzky and started showing Oiler highlights, he might bust out with some choice thoughts.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 05/18/17 at 02:19 PM ET

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01-02 Redwings were the most ridiculous amount of talent on one team and pretty much everyone is in the hall of fame.  Honestly I don’t think any other team can beat them.  Some come close like maybe Oilers but the Wings team was paid for.  Hard to compete with money Vs development with no salary cap.  Thank you Mr I. for spending the money to assemble what I think is the best team in history!

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 05/18/17 at 04:58 PM ET

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Pretty much nobody older than 50 voted in this then.

Posted by TreKronor on 05/18/17 at 12:05 PM ET

I have to agree. But all of the teams listed were awesome to watch. The Habs, the Islanders and the “drive for five” then along came the Great One. Great hockey indeed.
As a kid I watched HNIC in the early 60s. Heck, Howie Young lived in our neighborhood as well as Alex Delvecchio and Gordie Howe. I started to attend games on a regular basis in about 1969 after I got my drivers license. So growing up I do remember the great teams of that era, but, I became hooked on the Wings in the late 60s early 70s. I’m still hooked, and, obviously a fan of Hockey cause lets face it, the Wings were nothing to write home about back then. The upside was knowing Jack at the Hooker St. entrance at the Olympia. We got in for a buck. Section 14-16. SRO, but we could always find seats.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 05/18/17 at 05:13 PM ET

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01-02 Redwings were the most ridiculous amount of talent on one team and pretty much everyone is in the hall of fame.  Honestly I don’t think any other team can beat them.  Some come close like maybe Oilers but the Wings team was paid for.  Hard to compete with money Vs development with no salary cap.  Thank you Mr I. for spending the money to assemble what I think is the best team in history!

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 05/18/17 at 04:58 PM ET

On paper it looks impressive, but a lot of those guys were well past their prime.

It was 30-goal Hull, not 70+ goal Hull.

It was 30-goal Robitaille, not 50+ goal Robitaille. The following year he became 11-goal Robitaille.

Yzerman, Larionov, Chelios were all past their prime. Datsyuk was only playing 13-minutes a night and not close to the star he eventually blossomed into.

Don’t get me wrong. That was an incredible roster. But sometimes people just look at the names and imagine each of these guys was in their prime.

Posted by fatsavage on 05/18/17 at 05:29 PM ET

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That Flames team is a real, genuine headscratcher.  May as well have included TB or CAR’s lone Cup teams while they were at it.  “YOU get a nod, and YOU get a nod, EVERYONE GETS A NOD!”

Can’t help but notice not a single Devils team up there though.  Man that speaks volumes.

Posted by Primis on 05/18/17 at 05:48 PM ET

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That Flames team was better than every single team in the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. Like the Wings of the 50’s couldn’t beat them.

Says the guy claiming this fan poll has no recency bias.

Posted by fatsavage on 05/18/17 at 06:10 PM ET

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The 1956 Habs went 45-15-10. That’s 100 points in just 70 games. Would equate to 117 points in an 82-game format. The 2nd place team that year won just 30 games. They won 45. They were first in goals for. First in goals against. In the playoffs they outscored their opponents 42 to 18 as they cruised to yet another Stanley Cup. That team featured Richard, Beliveau, Doug Harvey Jacques Plante, Geoffrion.

But yeah, the fans ignored the first 51 years of Cup winners. All 20 came in the last 45 years.

No recency bias.

Posted by fatsavage on 05/18/17 at 06:37 PM ET

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Posted by fatsavage on 05/18/17 at 06:37 PM ET

Done trolling yet?

Posted by ilovehomers on 05/18/17 at 07:52 PM ET

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This is hard - because it’s like asking a room full of guys “who’s your favorite supermodel”  smile

The Canadiens of the 50’s and 1960 only needed 10 playoff rounds to win 5 Cups. 

The Oilers - who were great - never won more than 2 in a row. 

The 70’s Canadiens were a dominating team like no one else.

The business case for the Islanders is that they won 19 Consecutive Playoff Series.  4 Cups in a row.  Should have / could have won in 79 and 84 as well - but still a grand run.  No one else has won 19 Playoff Series in a row. 

IF not for the Oilers - that Flames team in the late 80’s would have won more than one Cup.  Joel Otto was a BEAST.

The NHL will say it’s a runoff between 2 Penguins Teams. 

I also think the 74-75 Flyers deserve mention as well as NJ Devils. 

Problem is - there are some teams from 1920’s that VERY few people are old enough to have seen.

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 05/18/17 at 08:44 PM ET

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