The 50 Worst Teams in NHL History

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The 50 Worst Teams in NHL History
Courtesy of www.wikipedia.org

Springtime. It's usually time for hockey fans to watch the best hockey teams of the year play each other in the playoffs. That's not what I'm here for.

When you have the best teams, you also have the worst. Over the years, there have been some pretty weak performances.

To compose this slideshow, I took every NHL team that has ever existed since the leagues' start in 1917 and went through each team's points percentage for every season that they played.

For the uninitiated, points percentage is calculated by taking the total points earned by a team in the regular season, and dividing it by the maximum number of points they could have got. For example, this year's Vancouver Canucks had a total of 117 points. If you divide that by 164, the maximum number of points in today's NHL, you get .713. Therefore, the Canucks' points percentage for this year was .713.

Now that the lesson's over, let's get to some facts. There have been roughly 39 teams that have played in at least one NHL season. I included teams that moved to another city as one, so the Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche are considered the same team. Only 11 of the 39 teams do not appear on this list, and most of them are the newer expansion era teams. Does that mean they were good? No. It means that the NHL's worst is getting better.

These 50 teams are the benchmark in the NHL for poor performances that no one wants to match.

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