NHL: The Best Teams in Hockey History (Most Points)

The 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens

The 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens (squidoo.com)

The 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings own the record for most wins in a season, 62, but it’s the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens who accumulated the most points in one year: 132 (and they did it in two fewer games).

Here’s a list of the 25 NHL teams that have recorded the most points in a single season.  They are all the teams that managed at least 115 points.

The NHL schedule, number of teams and scoring system (ties, overtime losses or both) have all changed numerous times since the league’s inception.  The NHL jumped from six teams (“The Original Six”) and 70 games in 1966-67 to 12 teams and 74 games in 1967-68.

The league added two more games (to 76) in 1968-69. Between 1970-71 and 1973-74, teams played 78 games.  Then it was 80 games through 1991-1992.  For two years after that the league had an 84-game schedule (followed by the strike shortened 1994-1995 season), before settling on the current 82-game season.

Year Team W L T OL POINTS
1. 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens 60 8 12 132
2. 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings 62 13 7 131
3. 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens 59 10 11 129
4. 1975-76 Montreal Canadiens 58 11 11 127
5. 2005-06 Detroit Red Wings 58 16 8 124
6. 2009-10 Washington Capitals 54 15 13 121
6. 1970-71 Boston Bruins 57 14 7 121
8. 1972-73 Montreal Canadiens 52 10 16 120
9. 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins 56 21 7 119
9. 1985-86 Edmonton Oilers 56 17 7 119
9. 1983-84 Edmonton Oilers 57 18 5 119
9. 1971-72 Boston Bruins 54 13 11 119
13. 2000-01 Colorado Avalanche 52 16 10 4 118
13. 1981-82 New York Islanders 54 16 10 118
13. 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers 51 13 16 118
16. 2010-11 Vancouver Canucks 54 19 9 117
16. 2008-09 San Jose Sharks 53 18 11 117
16. 1988-89 Calgary Flames 54 17 9 117
19. 2008-09 Boston Bruins 53 19 10 116
19. 2001-02 Detroit Red Wings 51 17 10 4 116
19. 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers 48 12 20 116
19. 1978-79 New York Islanders 51 15 14 116
23. 2007-08 Detroit Red Wings 54 21 7 115
23. 1988-89 Montreal Canadiens 53 18 9 115
23. 1978-79 Montreal Canadiens 52 17 11 115
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Posted on November 26, 2011, in NHL Hockey and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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