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With the Stanley Cup playoffs always being wild and unpredictable, perhaps it's not surprising that the two teams with the best winning percentages (points earned out of the total possible points) over the past 25 years -- the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins -- have failed to win the Cup in that span. And neither have the St. Louis Blues, despite making the playoffs all 25 years.

The NHL's expansion throughout the 1990s hasn't exactly worked -- of the 11 teams with the lowest overall winning percentages, eight are expansion teams.

CUMULATIVE NHL STANDINGS, 1980-2004
Team Points Max Pts Pct. Play-
offs
Cup
Finals
Cup
wins
Most
points
Fewest
points
1. Flyers 2364 3988 .587 20 4 0 116 ('80) 71 ('90)
2. Bruins 2272 3988 .570 22 2 0 110 ('83) 61 ('97)
3. Canadiens 2238 3988 .561 20 3 2 115 ('89) 70 ('01)
4. Oilers 2171 3988 .544 19 6 5 119 ('84, '86) 60 ('93)
5. Blues 2158 3988 .541 25 0 0 114 ('00) 65 ('83)
6. Red Wings 2148 3988 .539 19 4 3 131 ('96) 40 ('86)
7. Sabres 2148 3988 .539 19 1 0 110 ('80) 64 ('87)
8. Stars 2125 3988 .533 20 4 1 114 ('99) 51 ('88)
9. Flames 2121 3988 .532 16 3 1 117 ('89) 67 ('98)
10. Capitals 2116 3988 .531 18 1 0 107 ('86) 59 ('04)
11. Avalanche 2076 3988 .521 17 2 2 118 ('01) 31 ('90)
12. Rangers 2017 3988 .506 16 1 1 112 ('94) 62 ('85)
13. Blackhawks 2013 3988 .505 19 1 0 106 ('91, '93) 59 ('04)
14. Devils 1984 3988 .497 15 4 3 111 ('01) 41 ('84)
15. Islanders 1977 3988 .496 14 5 4 118 ('82) 52 ('01)
16. Penguins 1951 3988 .489 15 2 2 119 ('93) 38 ('84)
17. Wild 319 656 .486 1 0 0 95 ('03) 68 ('01)
18. Kings 1911 3988 .479 15 1 0 102 ('91) 54 ('86)
19. Canucks 1897 3988 .476 17 2 0 104 ('03) 58 ('99)
20. Senators 901 1908 .472 8 0 0 113 ('03) 24 ('93)
21. Panthers 820 1740 .471 3 1 0 98 ('00) 60 ('02)
22. Maple Leafs 1876 3988 .470 17 0 0 103 ('04) 48 ('85)
23. Coyotes 1860 3988 .466 15 0 0 96 ('85) 32 ('81)
24. Mighty Ducks 808 1740 .464 3 1 0 95 ('03) 65 ('98)
25. Predators 447 984 .454 1 0 0 91 ('04) 63 ('99)
26. Hurricanes 1805 3988 .453 11 1 0 93 ('87) 45 ('83)
27. Sharks 912 2068 .441 8 0 0 104 ('04) 24 ('93)
28. Lightning 795 1908 .417 3 1 1 106 ('04) 44 ('98)
29. Blue Jackets 259 656 .395 0 0 0 71 ('01) 57 ('02)
30. Thrashers 305 820 .372 0 0 0 78 ('04) 39 ('00)

Notes
* Calgary Flames moved from Atlanta for 1980-81 season.
* New Jersey Devils were the Colorado Rockies through 1982.
* Dallas Stars moved from Minnesota for the 1993-94 season.
* Colorado Avalanche were the Quebec Nordiques through 1995.
* Phoenix Coyotes were the Winnipeg Jets until moving for the 1996-97 season.
* Carolina Hurricanes were the Hartford Whalers through 1997.
* San Jose Sharks began play in 1991.
* Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning began play in 1992.
* Florida Panthers Panthers and Anaheim Mighty Ducks began play in 1993.
* Nashville Predators began play in 1998.
* Atlanta Thrashers began play in 1999.
* Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets began play in 2000.








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