NHL fans voted on the top teams to ever exist in the NHL’s 100 years and the New York Islanders four back-to-back winning teams ranked seventh. Seventh.
As fans of the New York Islanders were used to being maligned and forgotten. Disrespected and cast aside by the league. But when fans got the chance to vote on what team was the best ever, the Islanders were finally going to have a chance.
And then the results came in and the Isles team only made the top 10 once. The 1982-83 team made seventh. Here’s the official top ten post put up by the NHL.
Make sure to go through each team and see what was voted by the fans above the Isles dynasty team that won a fourth cup in a row.
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Fans don’t always get the vote right. Zemgus Girgensons rings a bell, right? But just to go over what they voted in I put together a list. For me, that’s the easiest way to compare and contrast a ranking.
In this list, I put the fans top 10 teams with their regular season records. If they had won a back-to-back Stanley Cup that season, and if so, how many?
How dominant were they in the regular season by looking at their regular season goal differential and their regular season division ranking.
*B2B Cup= Did team win a back-to-back cup?
**B2B #= How many did they win back-to-back that year
The Islanders were dominant in the 1982-83 regular season. Winning 42 games and a +76 goal differential. More importantly, they won a fourth Stanley Cup in a row. Something that has only been done by two franchises. Montréal won five in a row between 1956 and 1960 and then four in a row between 1976 to 1979. And the New York Islanders.
But you know that’s fine. We’re used to it general NHL public. Not saying we deserved top spot but I think we all know that top five makes sense.