Which NHL teams are the most dangerous?
The Globe and Mail asked readers to share their thoughts on the most threatening NHL teams.
Read on for our top picks.
Chicago Blackhawks, 7th overall (29 points) The Blackhawks have been the most successful team in the NHL since the franchise relocated to Chicago in 1995.
The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2014 and were the best team in North America in 2016-17.
The Chicago Blackhawks have won two Presidents’ Trophies, three Calder Cups and five Calder Cups.
Chicago has made the playoffs in six of the past seven seasons.
The team finished last in the East this season.
The 2017-18 season was the second in a row the Blackhawks lost in the first round.
Chicago had a 3-4-2 record and went 2-6-0.
Chicago finished last among NHL teams in goals for (19) and shots for (46).
Chicago has allowed the most goals in the league.
They also allowed the second-most goals in goals allowed (32) in the 2017-2018 season.
Chicago also had the second most shots for in the League.
Los Angeles Kings, 13th overall, (25 points) Los Angeles is the reigning Stanley Cup champions and was the most dominant team in League history.
The Kings are in the midst of the most exciting rebuild in League History.
Los and the Kings are a perfect match.
Los is a perennial Stanley Cup contender that will win in 2019.
Los was able to turn the Kings from a bottom-feeding bottom-feeder into a top-10 team this past season.
Los won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2018 and the Stanley Trophy in 2019 with the Kings.
Los also has two former Stanley Cup winners on their roster, defenseman Zach Parise and forward Ryan Getzlaf.
Los went 3-1-0 in the playoffs.
Nashville Predators, 16th overall.
(27 points) Nashville finished a surprising 10-11-1.
Nashville has been one of the best teams in the Western Conference this season, going 15-6, the best record in the conference.
The Predators also had one of their top two defensemen, Shea Weber, in the Hall of Fame.
Nashville finished ninth in the Pacific Division and had the seventh-best record in League.
Nashville also has a Stanley Cup winner on its roster, center Ryan Johansen.
Detroit Red Wings, 19th overall., (27) The Red Wings are looking for their second Stanley Cup since the 2010 Stanley Cup.
Detroit is in the final two years of their lease with the Detroit Red Wing Arena and is in search of their third Stanley Cup championship.
Detroit finished last the last two seasons, winning just two playoff games.
Detroit also had a mediocre offensive season this past year, finishing the season third in goals scored, points per game and goals against per game.
Detroit has lost seven of its past eight games and has lost at least five games in five of its last six.
St. Louis Blues, 23rd overall.,(28) The Blues have a history of being one of hockey’s most dominant teams.
The Blues had the third-most points in the Conference this past campaign and finished second in the Central Division.
St Louis also had its top two goal scorers, Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrik Berglund, in NHL history.
St James has the fifth-best defensive rating in the Eastern Conference.
St Kilda also had two players in the Hockey Hall of Famer John Elway named captain in 2019, both players are still in the National Hockey League.
Los Vegas Golden Knights, 25th overall.(29 points).
The Golden Knights are looking to rebound after losing two of three from last season and the franchise’s second-worst record in three years.
The Vegas Golden Eagles won the 2017 Stanley Cup and have won four Presidents’ trophies.
The Golden Eagles also had four players in NHL Hall of Famers, goalie Jimmy Howard and defenseman Mike Richards.
The franchise has three top-five scoring defensemen in defenseman Mike Weaver and goaltender Mike Smith, and has won five of six playoff series.
St John’s IceCaps, 30th overall(30 points).
St John is in a rebuilding phase after losing eight of its 11 games in 2017-19.
The IceCamps finished fourth in the Atlantic Division last season but finished just eighth in the standings.
St Johns finished second to the Maple Leafs in the Metropolitan Division.
Arizona Coyotes, 35th overall..(30) The Coyotes had the fourth-best offense in the Division last year.
Arizona finished fourth among all teams in scoring.
The Coyotes also had five players in their Hall of Shame.
Carolina Hurricanes, 42nd overall.(29) The Hurricanes have had two of their most dominant seasons since the 1990-91 season, winning six of seven.
Hurricanes finished third in the Southeast Division last term and have the best records in the division this season at 15-4.
Hurricanes won their first Presidents’ trophy since the 2007-2008 season